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#41 Living The Dream

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 03:29 PM

Looks great! To source the UHMW plastic try Grainger or Amazon. Just curious as I am about to start bending EMT lift panels for my project..How sturdy is the roof against front to back forces such as wind? That's the one thing I am struggling to wrap my head around with the EMT conduit lift system.

  I have not had any issues.  I had one night when the wind was really whipping that I almost put the top down.  But when I woke in the morning the roof was still there.  Make sure you check out the granby build were I got the design from, many of my initial questions are in that thread.

 

Nice job! I would give serious thought to wiring before you put anything back together. I also suggest using 2 wires not a hot and frame ground. Marine stuff is your best bet. It's made to hold up in tough environments.

Thanks for the advice. I will definitely map out all the wiring before hand to try to make sure I don't forget anything.  Ill look into the Marine but the cheap stuff off amazon is usually too good to pass up.  


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Posted 07 June 2016 - 12:49 AM

Hey Tim,  I just wanted to let you know I got my EMT lifts and struts mounted.  I can't believe how well it works so far.  This is how it should be from the factory in my opinion.

Alot of my liner damage is from the old lift panels.  Thanks for all of the information and tips.


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Posted 07 June 2016 - 01:19 PM

Hey Tim,  I just wanted to let you know I got my EMT lifts and struts mounted.  I can't believe how well it works so far.  This is how it should be from the factory in my opinion.

Alot of my liner damage is from the old lift panels.  Thanks for all of the information and tips.

Awesome!  Glad it went smoothly for you. Ill be making my second set soon after I redo my linear and raise the roof a bit.   Id love to see some photos when you get a chance.  


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Posted 07 June 2016 - 02:13 PM

Seems like your tubular lifts would make it easy to get a full 360* wrap with a homemade arctic liner.


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Posted 07 June 2016 - 03:25 PM

Seems like your tubular lifts would make it easy to get a full 360* wrap with a homemade arctic liner.

That's definitely my goal.  Need to make the canvas first which I am nervous about messing up...


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Posted 07 June 2016 - 06:11 PM

Tim,

 

I am going to make mine taller when I replace my sideliner too.  How tall do you plan on going? 

I think I am going to put a window in the front and possibly back end as well.

Squatch, what do you mean by a full 360 wrap?  Do you mean that the arctic liner isn't in the front and back?

The great thing about the EMT lifts is for another 20 bucks or so you can make new lifts for the increased height.


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Posted 08 June 2016 - 02:42 AM

Tim,

 

I am going to make mine taller when I replace my sideliner too.  How tall do you plan on going? 

I think I am going to put a window in the front and possibly back end as well.

Squatch, what do you mean by a full 360 wrap?  Do you mean that the arctic liner isn't in the front and back?

The great thing about the EMT lifts is for another 20 bucks or so you can make new lifts for the increased height.

I am thinking I will add another 6 inches to make it 30 inches total interior lift..  Currently the clearance is about 5'10", so the change would bump me up to 6'4".  I am standing a bit shy of 6' so this will be much more comfortable for me.   

 

I do not believe the stock linear do a full 360 warp because of the lift panels you can not put easily access behind to place fabric, but I may be wrong.  

 

I was working with someone figuring out the windows today.  I think I will do two big windows on each side, 4 total.  I am really hopeful I get mine water tight.  I am thinking I will put the clear plastic on the outside, to ensure water proofing (use  a stitch that would require water to travel uphill to get into the camper, but can also be rolled up for air circulation) and put the canvas flap on the inside for easy of adding privacy, peaking out in the AM. I am thinking linear will be a July project for me.  Slow and steady.  

 

Also, I am still toying with the idea of passing this off to a professional, I simply have zero sewing expereince.  If you know anyone in the Front Range that might tackle this job please pass the info along.  


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Posted 20 June 2016 - 05:06 AM

Back at it with another few weeks of progress to report on!

 

 

 

Exterior Paint

 

All the previous painting was done on the truck but the floorpack and the front paneling can only be accessed off the truck.  For this I was lucky enough to secure a barn to work in for one week.  And being grateful for the space I wanted to be out of there in just a few days.  So I recruited a few friends and we got to it.  With 5 painters the work went so quick I only snapped a few photos.

 

The farm was a beautiful classic Colorado plains farm with many buildings.  I had access to the mechanics barn for a few days.   

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This is the camper after a bit of priming.  Also, sidenote I got this primer for for free from the Boulder hazardous waste facility.  

 

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http://www.bouldercounty.org/env/hazwaste/pages/hazmatfacility.aspx

Boulder, being the eco-conscious place it is, strives to keep excess chemicals out of landfills.  This means they have a free area at the recycling center with tons of paints and stain that are free to a good home.  I got an unopened gallon of primer at the low cost of a smaller eco footprint!

 

We did two coats of primer and one of paint the first days in just a few hours!

 

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The next day was a second coat of paint and we were starting to really look good!

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In the meantime I prepped all the trim.  I replaced a few pieces and primed and painted everything with rustoleum's flat brown spray.  I am really happy with how it turned out. For the screw to secure the trim I ended up bumping up one size. I do love the traditional 1/4" screws but I got a lot of spinners being 30+years old so the extra size helps make a more secure fit.

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Three days later (work days none the less) it was back on the truck and the majority of the exterior fix up is complete!!  I am very grateful for the friends that helped and the barn to do the work in!

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Posted 20 June 2016 - 06:05 AM

Exterior Trim:

Since the exterior paint was complete it was time to finish the exterior project with the trim.  Again I went with flat brown for the angle aluminum but stuck with the traditional white for the other pieces (not sure what these are called).  

 

Like all paint jobs this took patients and many coats.  I also worked on painting the windows and other bits and pieces too.

 

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Before the trim the camper was looking pretty disheveled.  

 

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But I am really happy with how the brown edges outline the gloss white.  

 

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The windows still are not fully installed. I ran out of hardware, but it is on the to do list and the are tacked in place for now.

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Under the angle aluminum I did not add any putty or butyl tape since there was none when I took it off.  Hopefully I do not regret this later.  I feel this simple trim is just to keep the sheet metal secure and there are plenty of other weatherproofing feature in these spots.  

 

I did put the butyl tape under the other trim pieces.  

https://www.amazon.com/Dicor-BT-1834-1-Butyl-Seal-Tape/dp/B001FCB4JS

 

 

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I also have the inserts for this trim piece.  You can see a test piece here.

 

Here is link to the trim insert from amazon, or just google :  Camco 25232 Vinyl Trim Insert (1" x 100', Brown)

I had a hard time finding this so I wanted to be sure to share it now.

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006JLW66/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

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Porch Lights:

While I am working on the rear of the camper I might as well take care of a few other items.  I bought one new porch light to replace my switchless one.  But when I was at five star RV I found a new lens for my broken porch light and said, “why not two”

 

Quick note, for those of us in Colorado’s front range.  I was really happy to have stopped into five star RV, http://www.fivestarrvgroup.com/

 

Thier salvaged barns are crazy! Just organized enough to find things, but still need to know what you are looking for.  If you are looking for an odd item or two, I would try this place, I had good luck.

 

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I also replaced the porch light bulbs with new LED ones.

 

Also, what I did with my two porch lights is solder on an extra hot wire coming off the switch.  Now when I turn on the switch on my passenger porch light, both lights turn on!  I am really proud of this!

 

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Lights on, they don’t throw a ton of light, but I think it will be sufficient.  I am not doing any floodlights.  That can be for camper 3.0 next summer if I find myself wanting more.  

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3rd Brake light

I am trying to stay focused on certain projects and actually complete parts of the camper so with that I went ahead and put my 3rd brake lights on.  These I actually purchased many months ago but just got around to them now.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D1ASSY6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Very low investment.  They claim to be waterproof but I will have to give a full report later.  

 

They are simple peel and stick!  The black looks a little strange but I think it works okay.  And I like the corner style lights!

 

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I ran the wires into the camper under the trim.  Then combined them all with some simple crimps and 18 gauge wire.  

 

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It is a bit messy since the hot wire runs from the driver side over to the passenger light, then off the switch and back to the driver side.  But it works okay and will all be tucked under the panels anyways.  The connection for the 3rd brake light wire runs alongside the propane tank out the bottom and to the driver tail light where I have a connector from my old topper.  

 

To make a simple waterproof wire exit I was fortunate enough that my pack of MC4 renogy connector came with 1 too many connectors.

 

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So I grabbed the hacksaw and harvested a waterproof connector!

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I also chipped my new paint with too aggressive of a drill bit, but it is going to get wear eventually anyways so no worries.  This bolt is just hoping it while the glue sets.  

 

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For six dollar LED strips I’d say I am pretty happy with the final results.

 

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Posted 20 June 2016 - 06:32 AM

Flooring:

To get to work on the interior I picked up some snap together laminate flooring.  Keeping with my budget build I got this for ~0.30$ a sq foot.  In Boulder there is a used building material store called resource.  

 

https://conservationcenter.org/resource/

 

This is an excellent resource for people building things on a budget or just trying to consume less in the world.  

We are going with light walls and dark floor so this works perfect!

 

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Snaps together and floats (no glue) so assembly is pretty straight forward.

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The final product came out great!  I did make a small mistake on the last row but the lower cabinets will cover it anyways.

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Then to get ready for panels I need insulation.  This insulation is from the same resource store.  I think it cost about $10 for plenty of 1” rigid board.

 

I also wanted to put in proper wood backing in locations that something gets mounted to on the exterior like, electrical pass through, porch lights, etc.  So I cut and painted the wood for protection.

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This is for the electrical feedthrough and water drain.

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And since the wood is only ¾” for a 1” space a put in a bit of insulation too.

 

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Cut and snap.

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Hoping this will keep things nice and toast next ski season!

 

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