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Old 01-17-2013, 10:20 AM   #15
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I don't actually have a trailer yet, Robin, so I can't report, alas. I'm looking this year, so I'm thinking of all kinds of choices. It sounds like there are lots of possibilities, but nobody has tried it.
Hmmm...research project beckoning...

Maybe it's time for me to recolor my Kia's headliner. I could do it in a sort of patchwork trying the different methods...maybe mark it off into quadrants and begin by having the Grandkids finish the "mural" they already started!

Good luck in your search, Louise!

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Just shake up a can of Coke before you open it.
Now that you mention it: there's another quadrant already thus "started". I wonder if four is going to be enough....

Is "octant" a word?

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This is a fun site to poke around. Especially the "Fabric" section. Raz

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Ive got their walkingfoot sewing machine! Ive probably paid it off in saveings makeing my own sailbags and covers and upholstery covers! They have alot of neat hardware, but for fabric I would check ebay. I have gotten sunbrella canvas much cheaper off of ebay then what they are offering.

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Old 01-18-2013, 10:59 AM   #20
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Grandchildren art! Yes!

Deryk, does your friend know anyone who covered the ratfur with wood? Were there problems with condensation? That would be really beautiful . . .

By the way, I am so jealous of your walking-foot sewing machine. Decades ago I made rain flies for my tents and raincoats for my horses, but only from ripstop nylon, because my machine couldn't handle heavy fabrics. How grand to be able to work on whatever you want!
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Louise, there shouldn't be any issue with condensation since the ratfur is insulation and its still there in fact adding that 1/4" wainscotting is adding more insulation! Im giving it serious thought, not yet since my ParkLiner is practically brand new, but eventually since the wood will look better in my opinion, and allow me to tack up picture frames so it looks more homey!

And since as much as a friend of mine teases me that Im always looking to move up to bigger and more grand, honestly unless ParkLiner came out with an 18 foot (or so) with a wider bathroom and added a closet right on the axle so it wouldn't make the tongue any heavier for my weekend camping I think Im ok!

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Ive got their walkingfoot sewing machine! Ive probably paid it off in saveings makeing my own sailbags and covers and upholstery covers!
Love my sewing machine's walking foot! So many different fabrics sew so much easier and cleanly with it! Its something that anyone who does home decorating or sews with nylon or stretch materials or quilting should consider. As you say not cheap - varies greatly by sewing machine brand but I seem to recall mine was about $170 but the time it has saved me and reduction in hair pulling and projects/material that I haven't messed up (or at least not to badly) due to the lack of one, has more than covered its upfront cost.
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Mine with accesories was closer to $1k, but its a real solid workhorse, sews through shoe leather, several layers of canvas... was well worth the price and its about 9 years old now and still look sliek brand new!


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Mine with accesories was closer to $1k,
LOL yup I bet. Can relate the cost of the machine & the other needed part the walking foot itself attach to was one of those " I am worth it " purchases.... pretty sure my first car cost less and hard for a none sewer to understand the need for
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While I lived on the boat I stored it in my parents house and I remember once my mom grabbed the handle on top of the case thinking she would move it and it didn't budge... it weight a ton (44lbs plus the plywood case lol)but its all metal, no plastic... built to be used all day long, not just an occasional project like most home sewing machines
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Louise, there shouldn't be any issue with condensation since the ratfur is insulation and its still there in fact adding that 1/4" wainscotting is adding more insulation! Im giving it serious thought, not yet since my ParkLiner is practically brand new, but eventually since the wood will look better in my opinion, and allow me to tack up picture frames so it looks more homey!
The rat fur in the Scamp is actually is pretty good at not absorbing or retaining moisture on its surface. Its on parts of the walls and roof of my 21 year old trailers bathroom which has had a lot of showers take place in it and there are no stains - still looks new as hard as that may be for some to believe On wet days here on the wet coast condensation build up inside the trailer without really good ventilation can be a problem inside the trailer on pretty well any smooth surface, which rat fur isn't.

There are a couple of options for hanging things on the rat fur that I have used that help to make the trailer wall space usable & to make it more like home.

One is called a cubical hook and can be found at office supply stores (Donna? clued me into those a number of years ago) but getting harder to find - I use them for hanging keys and small flash lights etc by the door. The other that works well in situations where its behind the item - such as a picture is a drape hook. With the foil bubble layer thats behind the rat fur they both stay in place well.
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Thanks Carol! Thats a great idea! Never enough flat spaces to put things down on so hanging up keys saves the little counterspaces I have!


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Ooh! Love those hooks!
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