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Old 05-17-2014, 06:20 PM   #29
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Well, we've been kicking it hard these past two weeks and we are very near the finish line. We will have our local auto glass shop install the front and rear windows. Then we'll put up the curtain hardware. Some final touch-ups and a good cleaning, and we're done!

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This client lives and camps in Alaska, typically boondocks, and travels some rough roads. We decided to paint the entire shell with super-tough Raptor Lining, with the exception of the center band which has been coded to match the client's tow vehicle paint.
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Old 05-17-2014, 06:25 PM   #30
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Here are some close-ups...
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Old 05-17-2014, 06:38 PM   #31
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About the interior... The Trail Mite has a double hull, and the upper cabinets are molded into the inner hull. After repairs were made to the furniture components, we decided to again use the Raptor Lining throughout the interior. Gives everything a fresh and clean look.

The client chose the countertop and table top (not shown) laminate and Marmoleum flooring. The replacement doors and hatches features my "signature" exposed edge plywood with radius corners and finger pulls.
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Because the roofline is significantly curved, and features a proud ridge, a standard 14" vent/fan could not be installed up top. Some time ago, another Forum member posted his installation of a fan in a side wall, so I proposed the idea to the client.

The cooktop is made by Ramblewood, is well-designed and has a very sharp look. The sink is from IKEA and features a small spout supplied by a foot-powered pump inside the cabinet.
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Old 05-17-2014, 07:23 PM   #33
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The electrical needs of this trailer, as determined by the client, are quite minimal. Shore power was not even asked for! But they wanted a good, strong battery as well as the capability of adding solar down the line.

As is usually the case, the 7-pin harness supplying power to the battery and DOT lighting pushes through the hull and into the front bench. There it is connected to a simple buss bar and where it is distributed throughout.

Cabin power is of course supplied by the on-board battery, which connects to a marine-grade fuse block holder. This trailer has only three circuits, but the client can add in the future if required.

I installed a Zamp Solar "Quick Connect" upfront and pre-wired it to the battery. When the time comes, the client can "plug in" a Zamp portable panel system.
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Old 05-17-2014, 07:31 PM   #34
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Propane will be used for the cooktop and a "portable" Wave3 radiant heater. The heater is stashed under the front bench, but can be pulled out as needed.

I also added a USB charging port. Seemed a good idea at the time...

That's it for now. Front and rear windows, plus the curtain hanging system are next.
Stay tuned for the finale!
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Old 05-19-2014, 04:04 PM   #35
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Hi Robert,

I'm curious where the new side windows came from. My Trail Mite's side windows are pretty nasty and I'd love to get them replaced, but I'm having a difficult time finding something that will fit.
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:40 PM   #36
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Replacement windows are available from several sources, including Hehr and Kinro. Do a Google search and compare options. If you're having trouble with an exact fit, order a replacement that is slightly larger and simply cut your fiberglass to accommodate.
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Old 05-25-2014, 04:14 PM   #37
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Job complete! New cushions arrived a few days ago, curtain hardware attached.

New owners arrived today to pick up and drive their Trail Mite back to Alaska.
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Wow! Great work, Robert. It's nice to see the older campers restored and made to look like new.
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