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Old 08-04-2016, 06:41 PM   #211
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Dry fit bench seat

It was supposed to rain this evening but when the skies cleared, so did my feeling of getting cheated out of being able to work on Ziggy. So, I dragged my skil saw out and cut down the remaining section of 9-ply plywood from the old bed extension as our new bench seat. I don't have the hinges on hand for the next part of this project so I'll be heading to Lowe's for another piece of matching plywood as well as two piano hinges to complete this mod. I plan on fitting a tiny triangle of wood into the space between the dinette bench and the new bench, just for a nicer look.

We're gonna be ready for our next camping trip!
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Old 08-06-2016, 06:45 AM   #212
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I spent some time with my morning coffee reading through your restoration, you guys have done a wonderful job!!

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Old 08-06-2016, 06:40 PM   #213
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Jon, you are very kind. Thank you for your gracious words. We've been 'round the world and back again and are looking forward to another camping adventure very soon.

I expect to finish fitting the bed extension/bench seat tomorrow and then Laura will apply some sealant in preparation for use. Pretty excited!
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Old 08-07-2016, 04:17 PM   #214
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Job completed,...well almost

Well, I spent most of Sunday working on Ziggy to complete the bed extension/bench replacement for the stove/refrigerator. I had frame the bench and dry fit the pieces so Laura proceeded to put a coat of poly sealant on all the components while I worked on reconnecting the wiring from the brakes.

After allowing for drying time of the sealant, I used the frame to determine placement of each leg on the floor and drew an outline of the each let on the floor using a sharpie. Then I removed the frame and drilled a hole for each leg through the floor, from the inside of the camper to the outside. This method ensures that I'll hit the leg when I screw from the outside into the bottome of the leg for each part of the bench frame.

Having the frame securely screwed to the floor from the outside, I was ready to attach the bench seat as soon as I rehang the 12v wiring to the bottom of the bench frame. This will protect the wiring from getting tangled in anything stored under the bench.

I used brass colored piano hinges that I bought from Lowe's and first attached the bench seat to the bench frame. Then, I used a second hinge to attach the bed extension to the front edge of the bench seat. The results worked pretty good. The bed extension will require two supports, in the form of stools that have have had the legs cut off at the right height to stand under the bed extension at night. These stools will do dual purpose as extra seating during the day, inside or out.

I'm including extra images of the sewer hose relocated to the bottom of the front section of the frame under the battery. I stopped at Advanced Auto Parks and picked up three 7" hose clamps to attach the hose caddy to the frame. We've removed the hose from the front wall of the Scamp and patched those hole to eliminate the potential for another leak. I don't think this hose caddy location will ever be at risk for grounding out unless we happen to actually go off road.
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Old 08-07-2016, 04:20 PM   #215
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sewer hose images

Here's a shot of the local of hose caddy.
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Old 08-07-2016, 04:28 PM   #216
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One small problem

When I made the bed extension the exact same size at the bench, I forgot about the dimension of the wood and the hinge on the back of the bench would need a little room to allow for the hinge flex. Who woulda' guessed I'd forget this, AGAIN! hahaha!

I'll need to trim off about two inches of the bed extension to allow the bench seat to fold up and allow access to the storage space under the bench. Laura and I agreed that we wanted to be able to access the space from both the top of the bench as well as the front of the space, like the dinette, through the doors in the face of the cabinet. I'll make these cuts later; the bed extension functions now and we're ready for our next camping adventure. We're ready to have some fun and put this baby back on the road!
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Old 08-07-2016, 05:03 PM   #217
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Here's a shot of the local of hose caddy.
I do not think you will have any issues with the hose caddy located under the battery. When I purchased my old Scamp it had a larger diameter PVC located there for the same purpose and it never came close to hitting the ground with the trailer hitch up level .... or perhaps I should say as far as I am aware it never did.
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Old 08-08-2016, 06:35 AM   #218
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What's next?

We still have to remanufacture the overhead storage above the dinette, patch various holes in the shell around the A/C slide and install the screen door with the side closet. Also want to install some sort of storage solution inside the closet above the A/C slider. Lastly, install a kick panel to the front of the new side couch.

We plan on painting the exterior shell, maybe this winter, but are undecided about doing it ourselves or hiring the job to a body shop that can paint fiberglass.

Laura is now talking about putting Ziggy in the Christmas parade here in town.
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Old 08-14-2016, 02:22 PM   #219
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Shake Down Camping Event a tremendous success!

First off; Happy Birthday to me! We took Ziggy out for a shake down camping trip and returned today. While we were out we tested all of our latest and greatest updates and everything worked fabulously!

Special thanks to Ian for the fresh water tank hook up. The camp grounds we went to didn't have water for each site but instead provided an area spigot for people to collect fresh water from or fill your camper on-board holding tanks. Our converted water cooler worked perfectly! We only stayed one night but we only used about 1.5 gallons of water for drinking and washing. Well, we didn't drink only water, ya' know. Shesssssh, it was my birthday party after all

We also tested the new bed extension that worked perfectly, as did our dog exercise pen and the Cobb Grill for cooking breakfast, lunch, dinner AND birthday cake! The cake burned a little, but hey, we ate it anyway. It was still good!
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Happy Birthday Bill! (This is Laura) - It was 92 degrees yesterday when we camped. Our A/C mod continued to work flawlessly. Our camper is cool, I mean really cool, after 30 minutes of running the unit. It's only 5000 btu, old window a/c on a drawer slide so it drains outside and boy does it make a puddle. No wonder the floor was rotted out from the A/C draining inside the camper before we made the mod. We continue to be amazed just how well this system is working. It's not loud, and it got so cold in our camper last night we had to get the blanket out. We had company at our camper last night and ate dinner and birthday cake in the scamp in more than pleasant temps. We've seen a lot of A/C posts and I just wanted to note that for some reason our set up is working well.

Also, we removed the old dorm fridge that didn't work as well as we expected and made me afraid of the food inside - we switched to a Yeti cooler and that thing is amazing! Kept food super cold and drinks too. Feeling good about our recent mods. Great job Bill!
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Happy Birthday Bill, it's great to hear you guys were able to enjoy some time out in the wild with Ziggy!!

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Old 08-15-2016, 07:29 AM   #222
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Shag, thanx for the birthday greeting. We had a fantastic time; it's amazing how much fun you can have when you're not worrying about things not working correctly. First question after we returned home was, "when can we go again?"
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Update on they Yeti

Update on the Yeti: we chose a Yeti 50 and I think this might been a little too small. It worked perfectly for only one night, but if'n a body wanted to have all the food stuffs in one place for a two/three night weekend trip, it'd be too small. However, we still have our old Igloo that'll stand in for carrying dry goods like pancake mix and chips, keeping them protected, and leave plenty of room in the Yeti for cold stuff. I transferred the chips and marshmallows to the Yeti as the food stores were eaten allowing the Yeti to remain "full." Yeti suggests keeping the "empty space" to a minimum to prevent cooling the void of air in your cooler. I think I'd chose a 65 for a weekend cooler for two people.

Final review on the cooler: Success! All the stuff in the cooler, including the remaining soft drinks were still very cold when we returned home after being actively used (no restriction on access to cooler) for over 28 hours. I had put some cubed ice into a zip lock storage bag and while that melted, it was still very cold water.
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:36 AM   #224
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Next up; storage above the dinette replaced

When we bought our camper, the storage units above the dinette were in bad shape due to excessive moisture in the cabin. The pressed wood had swelled and was falling apart so we ripped it out.

This week, I'll be purchasing a piece of fiberglass from Lowe's that I intend to cut up for the face panel to the new bench/sofa that I've installed and used the remainder of the panel to replace the overhead storage above the dinette.

Stay tuned!
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