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Shell Hawk FWC Rebuild Floorpack Paint Roof

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#11 BillM

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 02:07 AM

Well I'll certainly recognize that 4WC coming down the road!  Congrats on the build and upcoming trip.  After my wife and I married we took a year off and lived in a pop up camper I built for her 93 Nissan PU and traveled all over North America, Baja to the Arctic circle and Pacific to Atlantic.  We've never regretted a minute of that trip, I'm sure you will have a great time and cherish the memories for many years.  Hope to see the Turtle on the dirt somewhere.


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#12 LuckyDan

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 04:08 AM

Thanks for sharing from another "Old tin" member.  Well done redo.

 

Moderators, I move that we include this thread in the "Camper Builds" section.  We don't see many that get a full floor pack replacement.  


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#13 TurtleShell

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Posted 08 January 2016 - 01:57 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments! Just picked up a roll of 24" X 50' reflectix insulation this morning and plan on copying RicoV's idea of an exterior thermal pack. Moving the temperature gradient (i.e. the vapor gradient) outside of the canvas makes a lot of sense to reduce condensation. We're headed to the mountains tomorrow for four days with likely single digit temps. We'll let everyone know how it goes.

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#14 TurtleShell

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 05:12 PM

The reflectix worked great, the condensation on the inside of the canvas was very minimal. One of the mornings was even down to -5 and overall I felt the reflectix made it feel a little warmer.

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#15 takesiteasy

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 08:50 PM

Nice! Can you describe how you fixed the reflectix in place? Also the process of putting it up? Thanks!


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#16 Kolockum

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 11:52 PM

Nice! Can you describe how you fixed the reflectix in place? Also the process of putting it up? Thanks!

 

X2. I want to do the same but was worried about the Refletix blowing off in the wind.


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#17 PaulT

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 04:10 AM

I'm guessing velcro between the ends of the Reflectix strip along with those two black straps with snaps to keep it in place 

 

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#18 TurtleShell

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 01:38 AM

Given that we just bought the reflectix the day before we didn't have time to put any Velcro on, which is what others have done (see the link above). Instead we used two heavy duty clips at the top and bottom of the seam. We also didn't experience much for wind but in general the reflectix is held tight around the canvas which is narrower than the frame of the camper and keeps it from sliding down. To put it up, one person holds an end at the back while another person unrolls and walks around the camper. With the person at the back holding both ends tightly, the other person adjusts the reflectix such that it fits nicely in place. Putting it up takes about 5-10 minutes and a bit less to take it down.


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#19 TurtleShell

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 07:02 PM

Over the past week we've finished the flooring by putting down a 1" layer of foam insulation, a 7/32 underlayment and vinyl.
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#20 TurtleShell

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 05:37 PM

At the end of January we built up a frame on the interior with a modular setup that allows us to sleep sideways or lengthwise. The skis fit nicely along one side and the cooler fits down the middle.

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