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#201 Casa Escarlata Robles Too

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Posted 13 June 2020 - 05:46 PM

Vic if you want other photos of my canoe on the camper go to the thread above your last post here about storm flaps.

I posted several photos from 2010/2011 of my camper with the storm flaps and the canoe on top.

 

Oh on the storm flap issue.Mine are sown on I have never had any leaks.

I also use them for awnings for the sun and also to keep the window open

during rain.Works great.

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#202 Vic Harder

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Posted 16 June 2020 - 02:30 AM

Here are some pictures of my Hawk's windows.  I'd like to see examples of ATC windows to compare these to.  

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#203 takesiteasy

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Posted 16 June 2020 - 06:19 PM

Vic, don't have close ups handy but here are 3 photos- one without flaps, one with flaps on and rolled up and one secured for rain. It is a bit of work to put them on using our step stool but we like how secure the windows are from driving rain when they are on and closed- we have been through some intense rains with no leaks. Most times we leave the flaps on and rolled up. When bad weather threatens, we just roll them down- takes but a couple minutes.

 

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#204 Vic Harder

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Posted 16 June 2020 - 09:54 PM

thanks!


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#205 Vic Harder

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Posted 17 June 2020 - 03:33 AM

Back to the canoe for a sec...   Figured out the mounting! Here it is on the camper:

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Front view.  The U channel is bolted into the 1" crossbar, and has a hole in it for the hook of the ratchet strap.  Strap ratchet mechanism is far enough away from the canoe to have no contact with it..  U channel and 1" cross bar are lined with 1" wide teflon tape to avoid abrasion and make sliding it on easier.
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Back view.  There is smaller L channel on the inside to keep the gunwales away from the bolts that hold the 1" crossbar to the T-slot roof rails.  Also all lined with teflon tape.
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Both ratchet straps can be reached without a ladder!

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#206 Vic Harder

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Posted 17 June 2020 - 03:44 AM

Back to the window leak.  Did some more testing tonight.  In this pic I've used a small spray bottle to spray through the mesh at the clear vinyl.  You can clearly see water pooling in the "gutter" at the bottom of the window.

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Here I have my finger on the gutter to pull it away from the mesh... water is definitely in this gap.
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From there, the water runs along the gutter until it gets to the edge of the window, which is on the inside of the camper.

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We weren't sure how the water got through that far, so stuck a blob of black butyl rubber in the corner.  You can see how deep the water is pooled against it now (4 full squares of the mesh).  Water still got through.  Our conclusion is that it is wicking through the velcro itself.
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Next steps are to apply seam sealer to the velcro in this corner and retest.
 
I can really see the elegance of the FWC version of the windows vs how ATC is making them.  
 
Anyone who has made their own vinyl/canvas got any ideas here?

 


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#207 PokyBro

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Posted 17 June 2020 - 05:13 AM

Vic,

 

I made my windows exactly like the FWC design, as I studied it carefully. I haven’t had any leakage so far. As you showed in the above FWC window, there is a shingle effect as the clear vinyl and mesh material lay over top the side liner opening at the bottom of the windows, with a slit on the outside edges, for the material lay down into, and a patch of extra vinyl on the inside Bottom corners, sealing up any potential for leakage.

 

Would it be possible to put a patch on the corners of your windows on the inside Bottom in a similar manner?

 

I don’t know what the inside of the ATC design looks like, so not sure if it would work the same, so just a thought. Could be that the ATC design absolutely requires the exterior removable flap to seal out water, and that’s the only option. My patches were a little different than FWC, but same concept. You can take a look at my build thread if you want a closer look (page 13). Hope you’re  able to find a satisfactory solution.

 

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#208 Vic Harder

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Posted 29 September 2020 - 11:56 PM

I fixed the window leaks!  Details in this thread:

https://www.wanderth...or-cover/page-3

 

Also, added a Victron Orion TR DC-DC charger.  It worked OK, until they did and update in the last week or so.  Applied the update, and now it works GREAT!  Details in this thread:

https://www.wanderth...chargers/page-5


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Posted 21 January 2021 - 09:53 PM

We tend to stay away from established tourist areas, going for the more remote areas. If this fits your bill, here are a few.  In Baja, a few places to consider, not in any particular order. San Pedro de Matir Park. Great camping in pretty high altitude, rare in Baja. If you are really gonzo, climb Picacho del Diablo, @ 10,000+ feet, the highest peak in Baja. Go to Bay of LA, but turn North to Punta la Gringa. Far better camping and great clams. Some excellent ruins there, but hard to find. For remote, and I mean remote camping, go to any of the "Seven Sisters". Long drive on often not very good roads, but some really outstanding beaches, points and exploring to do out there. In San Quintin, go to Punta San Quintin, you will need a sand worthy vehicle. I drive a Dodge diesel and I can make it. Some excellent exploring on the dormant volcanoes, seal rookery and shipwrecks. If you are REALLY in an exploring mood, go to Mission San Miguel, next to Catavenia. Probably the worst road in existence, but well worth the visit to the water and palm oasis and old Jesuit Mission at the end. Get a load of soccer balls and give them to the kids. I always give them to the youngest and smallest kid in the group. Buy bottled water only. Gas or diesel is no problem, Pemex is well established. Treat the locals with respect. Help others who are stranded, they may be the ones helping you next. If you can, get the "Baja Almanac", both North and South. Lots of excellent maps. The "Baja Adventure Book" is a good resource. Good luck, have fun. 


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#210 Vic Harder

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Posted 22 January 2021 - 12:03 AM

Thanks for that 12Valve... wrong thread I think, but exactly the kind of thing I was looking for.


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