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Old 07-05-2016, 12:59 PM   #211
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What I think you need to do is follow the advice of D. White who started this thread. He has the experience to guide you through your fix step by step as he said he would.

The rest of us can watch and learn and be supportive without needing to be in control of it. What really matters is that the repair gets done. Because things need to be done in a very logical sequence for making the repair you need to stick to listening to just one mentor.

Thanks for this. I usually soak in all the advice I can (at least the positive and supportive bits) but filter it through the guy that has the most experience and the desire and effort to help the most. (D. White).
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Old 07-05-2016, 02:17 PM   #212
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I am not afraid to try and fail! I'm a sucker for never giving up until I learn that I can't do it or that I have done it!

No, I'm doing the repair, I just have another rig getting an engine replaced so the damaged one is currently on the road working daily, so I can't pull it off the road until my other rig is done hopefully next week. (waiting for engine to ship).

I think I'll buy my supplies this week though. Should I head to a marine supply store or auto-body supply store? Where is the best place to get the good stuff? AMAZON?

If y'all can come back to me when I'm ready that would be awesome. I am really hoping to get it completed by the 17th, we are having a photoshoot with all of our buses and I need her to look purty for the pictures!

--Jonathan
I figured you were busy with business as I took a peek at your website. It would be nice to have it done ASAP but...you know what those starlets are like when they pose for publicity photos, always saying "this is my best side, shoot me from this angle".

It will be interesting to see the work, please post photos. That is a lot of complex surfaces to repair and I want to see how it progresses through the steps. But I also know you can't take photos when you have your hands coated with resin unless someone else is holding the camera and posting photos takes time away from the work.
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Old 07-05-2016, 02:20 PM   #213
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I am not afraid to try and fail! I'm a sucker for never giving up until I learn that I can't do it or that I have done it!

No, I'm doing the repair, I just have another rig getting an engine replaced so the damaged one is currently on the road working daily, so I can't pull it off the road until my other rig is done hopefully next week. (waiting for engine to ship).

I think I'll buy my supplies this week though. Should I head to a marine supply store or auto-body supply store? Where is the best place to get the good stuff? AMAZON?

If y'all can come back to me when I'm ready that would be awesome. I am really hoping to get it completed by the 17th, we are having a photoshoot with all of our buses and I need her to look purty for the pictures!

--Jonathan
Get it where ever it is handy or cheaper or what ever your criteria is...just get it and get on with it. If it is not right with you, redo it till it is. You can do it....Fiberglass Dave
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:14 PM   #214
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We are fixing the outside of our boler used West System Epoxy to fill the holes it worked better than other products we have used but remember gelcoat has wax in it and to use acetone to clean the surface or will not stick.
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Old 07-14-2016, 09:41 AM   #215
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getting ready to fill in the big holes

Dave, I've just reread all of YOUR stuff again to prepare for filling the holes left from the refrigerator venting in our Scamp. Just wanted to thank you again for the excellent advice as well the infusion of courage to work in fiberglass. I have my work cut out for me but am ready for the big stuff now. (I've already finished most of the bullet holes and they came out great, thanks to you.) I'll need a little more mat and some resin and I'll be ready for to go.
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:22 PM   #216
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Dave,
Back again for more help/suggestions...so I put a bath in the front of our '71 13' Boler but unlike other similar designs including Scamp and Casita we put the toilet (porta potty) on the curb side so we could get a twin bunk where the kitchenette was..works good but the shower curtain has to wrap 360 around you as we are using a utility tub for the shower, and a 1x2 and plywood wall with an accordion folding door. We have a PVC shower curtain rod held up by 2 hooks over the door and a "T" in the window that rests on the fiberglass ledge/shelf to support the 2 shower curtains to wrap the utility tub to contain the water with one side expanding over the toilet area. After using it a few times we have decided we would rather modify it to be a wet bath so we can ditch the curtain and not feel so claustrophobic, plus it is a pain to put the pvc rod & curtain up for a shower and take down (can't really use the porta potty with the curtain up).

So what are your thoughts on building your own custom shower pan? I thought about a stock scamp or casita but with my toilet on the opposite side don't see a way to make that work without modification so it makes more sense to me to start from scratch. Then my next thoughts are with the "walls" which I could use a poly panel from Home Depot but with the curves in the upper and lower corners I wondered if it would be better to hand lay fiberglass for the wall panels? I was concerned about getting a good fit and seal in the poly panels...what would you do (besides scrap the shower idea lol)?
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:31 PM   #217
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This worked out nice for this guy

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Old 07-18-2016, 08:35 PM   #218
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Thanks Bruce I like that idea, not sure if it will work for us though but I will give it some thought...
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:38 PM   #219
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Myself, I'm usually at a campground with a shower so I wouldn't do it. Seeing how he squeezed all that stuff In A compact is cool though.
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Old 07-18-2016, 09:10 PM   #220
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Myself, I'm usually at a campground with a shower so I wouldn't do it. Seeing how he squeezed all that stuff In A compact is cool though.
Bruce I just went through his threads, that is very impressive. Its funny though I have searched here for different things many times including showers but never came across this one before. Seems like we both shared similar ideas on shower and water heater setups...
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Old 07-18-2016, 09:19 PM   #221
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I only seen it because I have a compact and was looking around. The shower mod is kinda hidden in that thread.
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:22 PM   #222
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I appreciate the question but I am at a loss here. I would also post this question on the general forum and see what pops up. Fiberglass Dave
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Old 07-25-2016, 05:34 AM   #223
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still soft after 18 hours

Dave,

I am patching some larger holes in the shell of my Scamp and I reduced the amount of hardener in the resin mix by 25% thinking to extend my working time so I wouldn't have to rush. Unfortunately, the resin is still soft after 18 hours. I've removed the plywood panels holding the patch in place and my work is secure but I worry about covering it before it's cured.

How should I proceed? Will it harden eventually or is there something else that I need to do?

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Dave,

I am patching some larger holes in the shell of my Scamp and I reduced the amount of hardener in the resin mix by 25% thinking to extend my working time so I wouldn't have to rush. Unfortunately, the resin is still soft after 18 hours. I've removed the plywood panels holding the patch in place and my work is secure but I worry about covering it before it's cured.

How should I proceed? Will it harden eventually or is there something else that I need to do?

bill
Put it out in the most direct sun for a couple days and report back if it doesn't work....fiberglass Dave
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