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Old 12-20-2015, 07:21 AM   #99
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Jon--thanks for the kind words.
Seems like most of my craftsmanship or inventiveness or whatever is born of necessity. Our trailer was hit from behind, so all my cleverness back there is just from parts not being available... no tail-light lenses to be had... bumper bent beyond repair--and again, unavailable... camper came with the slender "temporary" spare, so it was possible to nest it into the back panel--don't reckon I would have done that if it'd been full-size. The rest of the rebuild process should be relatively dull by comparison.

And then I got to thinking...
What if I hadn't grown up relatively poor? making do?
I went off to college to study electrical engineering--simply because I got good grades in math, and liked tinkering with old radios. And that's where I met the guys who I'd hang around with for the next 10 yrs or so---all gear-heads, messing around with old cars.
Met the woman who's been my wife for nearly 40 yrs now at a rock concert--on the rebound from a first marriage gone bad. And she likes to camp, and make-do creatively too.
My first car was a strange conglomeration of old parts from a half-dozen other old vehicles... built on a shoe string budget on a friend's farm. I didn't realize that "you don't DO things that way!"

Ain't it peculiar, how life works out?.....................
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:32 AM   #100
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Gary, you don't fool me! Many folks would have slapped on an ugly slab steel bumper and welded on an uglier spare tire mount.

You did it to yourself: you have set your own bar high!

May the rest of your rebuild be as routine and dull as you hope...
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Old 12-28-2015, 07:15 AM   #101
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One more chunk done, in the weekend after Christmas. [but first, can I upload a few photos?] Tried repeatedly... no go.

Before I reinstalled the inner shell, I glued some 1/4" polystyrene insulation on the semi-flat area surrounding the rear seating area.... thinking it'd have a higher R-value than the Reflectix, which I will figure to add in later.

Once that was done, I removed the line of screws that I'd installed previously to hold the plastic strips in place that span the cut-line... the glue on them long-since set up and holding well. Then I spread adhesive on the remaining 1/2 of the plastic strip and set 1/2 of the back shell in... screwed it to the plastic strip, and glued in the other 1/2 of the back shell... and glued the inner shell to the outer shell at the rear window opening, and clamped that together. [with boards added to the clamps, so that the surface the back window mounts to will hopefully "set up" nice and flat]

Probably be a few weeks before I return to the work--then I'll start bevelling the seams that I just glued, and add some f/g matte & resin to the inside face of things--just because I don't want to trust the adhesive to be a forever-type repair. Once the f/g is set up, I'll grind it down to slightly below the surface of the surrounding fiberglass and finish up the filling with regular auto-filler. Then I can primer it, block the primer, and try out that enamel color blend I messed with last summer.

All for now... best wishes for the new year......... Gary
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Old 12-28-2015, 11:45 AM   #102
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For what it's worth... I posted this same basic info on the U-Haul Facebook site, so those of you with a foot in both U-Haul worlds can see the pictures over there. [I still assume I'll be able to upload images again once the holidays & school vacations are past, and the load on the local cell tower diminishes.]
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Old 12-28-2015, 02:44 PM   #103
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Good move with the extra matte & FG Gary
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Old 12-28-2015, 02:57 PM   #104
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Gary's pix: Well, at least one. I am at a campground, so bandwidth is not great.

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Old 12-28-2015, 02:59 PM   #105
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The last image was Gary's second one. Here is the first one. Maybe one at a time will get them all. CindyL
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Old 12-28-2015, 03:00 PM   #106
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Can't get the third one to work. Not going to resize it right now. I am off to the pool.

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Old 12-28-2015, 06:06 PM   #107
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Thanks a million, Cindy! 2 out of 3's plenty good... get back to enjoying your camping!

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Old 01-12-2016, 07:27 AM   #108
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Got a little more work done on the camper last night. I wanted to get the vertical, center flanges of the inside shell bonded to the other shell... and then the edges where I cut out the inner panels around the spare well bonded to the spare well. The vertical center flanges wanted to flare forward unevenly, so I drilled a 1/8" hole into the flange where the outer shell halves meet, and used a screw through a fender washer to draw them close to the outside shell. [I put a rubber washer between inner and outer shells, to leave a modest gap for the f/g paste to be squeezed into.]

I mixed up 8oz of resin & catalyst. Before adding the Cabosil to thicken it up to a dense paste, I used a brush to just "prime" the edges of what I was joining--to wet them good with straight resin. [I'd already scuffed them thoroughly with coarse sandpaper.] Then thickened up the resin with the Cabosil until the "peaks" from stirring it in the cup would just stay as they were--not slumping down or "flowing". Put the paste into a sandwich baggie... cut one corner off, about enough for my little finger to poke through... squeezed a thick ribben of the paste all along the seams... smoothed and/or radiused it with body filler spreaders, and smoothed a little further with a cheap brush lightly dragged along the seams.

And then before coming into the house, put a heat lamp [500W bulb] 3-4' back from the outside of the camper, so as to warm the area slightly more than the shop was. [It's pretty cool out this way just now---0deg F as I'm typing this up, with a good breeze to boot.]

All for now. I'll try adding pictures again... if it doesn't work, they'll be over on the U-Haul Facebook site shortly.

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Here is one of Gary's pix. It is the most important one. I can't get the second one to upload. I will take a screen shot and see if that version uploads.

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Old 01-12-2016, 07:50 AM   #110
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Thanks, Cindy! You're a blessing once again.
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I cannot get the second one to upload, Gary. I even reduced it to 1 inch to make it smaller. Next time, I will make all images into one. Since I only seem to get one at a time to work, maybe that is the answer.

I would appreciate a moderator here explaining what we need to do to make this work. I flipping teach technology and am getting frustrated here.



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Old 01-12-2016, 08:49 AM   #112
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Cindy,
Thanks again for trying... & helping. I'm hardly a "techie", but I feel like I've tried several things to work with this problem, with no success.
I know we have a mediocre internet link where we live, speed/volume-wise, but I don't have any trouble uploading pics to the Facebook site, or to the Anglia forum I participate on. I'm inclined to think something's changed with the FGRV site that could explain this....... waiting until today to try posting [young people back in school--theoretically better service for us] didn't make any difference either.
When I check FGRV for new postings, I often just go to "Manufacturers" and select "U-Haul" from the drop down menu. I PM'd the "Tech Admin" shown at the top of the U-Haul listings page a few days ago... no response just yet.

Note: I'm not trying to "blame" anyone in particular... or this site in general. I've gotten any number of good ideas here, and general encouragement as well. If there's something I need to do on my end of things, I'll sure give it a try.
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