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#41 Avg.Joe

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Posted 19 July 2020 - 07:50 PM

Biggest issue is too many irons in the fire, including looking for a new home in a drier part of the state.  When you’re in your 70s, some jobs are best done with a wallet.   


I can't argue with that logic.
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Posted 25 July 2020 - 01:34 AM

I started installing the inside plywood after getting the exterior lighting wires run through the walls. I made the mistake that I always seem to make. See if you can spot it in the pics.
After getting the cabover plywood on I got the bed frame in place, with some help and persuasion from a rubber mallet. The humidity has got things swelled up so it's snug.

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 05:00 AM

 made the mistake that I always seem to make. See if you can spot it in the pics.

 

OK, I'll bite - changed wood grain direction?


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Posted 25 July 2020 - 09:38 AM

Vic, I goofed up which sides measurements I was looking at and ended up with the stickers on the inside. A quick YouTube search squared me away on how to get them off cleanly.
The grain isn't important on this project because it's all getting paint. Good eye picking that up.
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Posted 20 August 2020 - 03:32 PM

The under bed area has been insulated. Sorry I forgot to take a pic of the insulation and plywood sandwich. After a little more sanding the inside will be ready for paint. The outside got another coat of paint this morning to cover the cabover corners and underside. I'm not super happy with the rounded profile of the cabover corners because the router adjustment kept slipping. I did my best to fill voids and sand it smooth.

The vinyl canvas liner is on order from Phoenix Pop Up so now it's time to get the roof built.

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 08:36 PM

Most of the roof framing is cut and drilled for pocket hole screws. The layout is pretty well ironed out. I had thought I'd have enough room to mount the solar panels together but after a framing change order the panels will need to be separated with a fan in between. I'm going to save final roof construction for another day.

After putting all the framing pieces away, I sanded, vacuumed, and painted the interior.

The corner jacks are on order from Rieco Titan. They'll be manual style to save weight and wiring. It's gonna be an adjustment for us going from electric jacks operated by a remote to cranking one end at a time, but we'll be fine. I'm thinking about removing the jacks after the camper is mounted and leaving them at home for the winter. It'll depend on available storage room for them.
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#47 Vic Harder

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Posted 29 August 2020 - 12:32 AM

Excellent work!
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Posted 29 August 2020 - 01:04 AM

Made some progress on the roof. It's ready for wiring and insulation.
As I was assembling the thing, I was thinking how am I going to mount the latches and gas struts with so little roof thickness. I'm thinking I'll mount some aluminum flat stock, behind the roof trim,that hangs down enough to securely attach brackets for those things.

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Posted 02 September 2020 - 01:54 PM

Door construction is started. I went with 3/4" pine for framing so there'd be room in the opening for rubber gasket. My hope is that it will be a solid door but it's hard to add weight to such a small door.
While the glue was setting on the door skin, the Mrs. and I got the windows installed. I used the new DAP Dynaflex ultra caulk. It looks like this new stuff is an improvement on the old stuff, but we'll keep an eye on it for long term durability. I didn't want to use butyl tape due to the thickness.

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Posted 03 September 2020 - 05:57 PM

I'm following this with interest.  Nice to have the photos rather than trying to visualize what you are doing.  Also nice to have a couple of those links to parts suppliers.


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