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#11 Lighthawk

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 04:20 AM

Happy Vets Day and BDay, Ski.  SR says, "many happy returns"

 

Really cool that you and the Lady are intimately involved with the build.  I was able to tour FWC factory and take photos, which certainly helped me understand my camper, since I was also new to the truck camper world.

 

Looking forward to the build out.


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 01:42 AM

Interesting to see all the jigs they use for assembly. Thanks for bringing us along.


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 04:18 PM

We spent the morning of my birthday back down at All Terrain Campers. Our camper was upright, the frames for the sides were completed and ready to be joined to the main unit.
 
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Jeff started in on the welding.
 
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The ply for the cabover was put into place……………………………
 
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………………………………and screwed to the frame along with a bead of sealant. It looked like all those holes I drilled were working out.
 
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The frame was shaped around the front and screwed in place prior to welding the ends together.
 
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Marty invited the Lady along for a quick trip to the flooring store to pick out what she wanted. That was pretty cool!
 
The roof was laid out over the frame and the long ribs were cut and arched.
 
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This is a well designed and incredibly strong frame work for the roof.
 
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There was lots of welding to get done.
 
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Our new camper is really starting to take shape! But along with that, the ATC guys have to deal with a really anxious costumer. She is working on her patience and getting better. It’s just that she knows how much fun and adventure is out there.
 
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We went over layout of our propane lines and the routing of wiring in the walls.
 
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We enjoyed seeing our new interior taking shape. We will spend a lot of quality time inside this camper quickly becoming our new home away from home.
 
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To be continued………………………………………………………


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 09:13 PM

Thanks Ski.Interesting to see just how much bow is in the roof ribs.That must change some when to roofing is installed!

I see a bow in my roof but nothing that dramatic.

Looks great.

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 05:11 PM

I love seeing how much care and attention goes into building an ATC, always wondered how the front of the cabover was bent/welded. I am sure the same care goes into building an FWC, but one can feel the good vibes that Jeff and Marty are puttin' in to your camper.

 

Just think, you will have photos/memories of the entire life of your camper, how many people can say that? Almost none.


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#16 Dughlas Stiubhart

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 05:49 PM

It's great to see you, The Lady, Marty and Jeff hard at work.  Hope to see you soon in your new All Terrain Camper


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Posted 15 November 2013 - 03:28 PM

A big thank you to the ATC crew sharing the following photos of the roof construction.

The completed roof frame with the cross members in place.

 

 

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Chad and Brad rolled the interior fabric over the frame.

 

 

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And it is soon in place.

 

 

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A view of the top of the roof with internal wiring and insulation in place.

 

 

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Including the wires to the solar panel plug.

 

 

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The aluminum sheeting is installed.

 

 

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The crew at ATC have been wonderful to work with. How can you thank guys enough for providing a series of photos of the interior wiring and framing? They are just great people.

 

 

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To be continued………………………………………………………

 

 


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#18 Dughlas Stiubhart

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 03:51 PM

So that's what my camper's roof looks like on the inside!


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Posted 15 November 2013 - 09:35 PM

I'b a bit surprised they're not using rigid insulation. All those pics are gonna be great to have down the road when one day you want to modify or repair something. 


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Posted 15 November 2013 - 10:21 PM

It appears that there is no insulating material between the Aluminum ribs and the Aluminum roof sheet (I can't tell for sure).  If not that creates a large thermal "short" allowing direct thermal conduction from inside to outside (heat moves from hot to cold).

 

Seems to me a thin layer of insulating material (a sheet or tape) between each rib and the skin would minimize the thermal short and help cut down heat loss.  Filling the Aluminum channel with form would also help as well as minimize a volume where vapor can condense and the leak out.

 

I have noticed ice forming on screw heads in the ceiling of our FWC and that got me wondering if the aluminum frame is in thermal contact with the skin.  I think it is.

 

If there is more information on this I am interested in reading about it.

 

Regards,

Craig


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