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Old 01-15-2012, 10:32 AM   #29
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Thanks Chris, with your help on the brand (Hehr) name for the strip that covers window screws I was able to track down this product at a local dealer. Also found black insert strip for the belly band.
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:37 PM   #30
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Detaching the Frame ...

Managed to seperate the egg from the frame today. Used two jack and 4 jack stand and a bunch of 1'x1'x2'' wood.

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Old 02-28-2012, 10:43 AM   #31
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Just wondering if anyone has found a supplier for skinned ENSOLITE yet ?
Also looking for an adhesive to reattach the ensolite to the walls. The original material has come away and seems to have shrunk. Anyone had this happen and what was your method of fixing?
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:52 AM   #32
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Just wondering if anyone has found a supplier for skinned ENSOLITE yet ?
Also looking for an adhesive to reattach the ensolite to the walls. The original material has come away and seems to have shrunk. Anyone had this happen and what was your method of fixing?
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I have no experience, but since it is vinyl coated, heat will allow it to stretch. This also works on the vinyl moulding that covers the seams. When they ripple from heat/cold, a bit of boiling water, and they smooth out.
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:51 PM   #33
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I can confirm Dave's idea of using heat to make the existing ensolite stretch to fit where it has pulled away from the fiberglass shell. I used 3M spray adhesive to re attach the skin that had pulled loose and it worked well. Be sure you pay attention to the ambient air temperature- the glue works much better if it is warm. I used a heat gun to stretch the ensolite and to help dry the contact cement when it was trapped in a cavity where I was reattaching the skin. The heat gun also worked to limber up and stretch the plastic moulding that covers the seams. Good luck. There was one corner I couldn't make work so I pulled some ensolite from the bottom of the closet to scab into place-It worked fine.
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:10 PM   #34
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Thanks Reid,
Do you know the 3M adhesive was called? I know I'll have to wait for (much) warmer weather before I start that project. I have a fair bit of attaching to do.The spots on the ceiling I'll try using a large hipo needle so as I don't have to slit open the area.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:29 PM   #35
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3M 90 High Strength adhesive. It is a solvent based contact adhesive. coat both surfaces and let dry, when you touch the two surfaces together-thats it- you don't get another chance so make sure they are lined up the first time. I used a laminate roller to assure good contact. Also since it is a solvent based adhesive make sure you are well ventilated, no sparks, no smoking and if you are doing alot wear a respirator or when you go outside and shake your head your brain cells will fall out of your ears... well not quite but it is nasty.
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:56 PM   #36
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I was lucky to have two weeks off in which I was able to make lots of progress on the trailer.

* belly band project done
* old fridge openings closed
* old heater opening closed
* all components stripped.
* outside sanded and prepped
* sub-floor replaced and repaired as needed
* added under-bed cargo hatches

Took it in for a nice paint job.

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Old 04-21-2012, 04:23 PM   #37
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Wow.. actually double wow !
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:54 PM   #38
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oooooh, I LIKE it!
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Wow.. actually double wow !
Yeah,... no words.
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Wow, the paint looks great, though the trailer looks like just a shell of itself.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:42 AM   #41
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It is a shell of itself! I removed everything not glassed down, and I also removed the gaucho, and demo'd and fixed part of the floor.

At this point it is all "downhill" from here, I get to put things back in.
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:48 PM   #42
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Wow it's looking great. I am just in aw of some of these projects. I can't wait to see more pics!
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