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Old 04-27-2007, 01:23 PM   #29
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Very nice job, especially the drawer fronts and the innovative strap system.
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Old 06-24-2007, 03:10 PM   #30
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I'm finally getting back to working the mods in my loft. This week I took the old overhead cabinet in the loft out, added a hang-space closet at the foot of the bed, and got the new overhead cabinet started.


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The new hang-space closet and shelf for the overhead cabinet (which will have a facing and both will have doors.

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Old 06-24-2007, 11:07 PM   #31
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I would like to see how the dogs room turned out.
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:50 PM   #32
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I would like to see how the dogs room turned out.
This is the "dog's room" with our 60lb standard poodle Lex inside. The floor of the kennel is at the same level as the bottom step up to the loft, so not only can we can sit on the bottom step and scritch his chin, we can also store longer-term items in the space under the flip up floor panel. The kennel is 28" deep from the edge of the step back about 30" wide at its widest point at the front, bigger than his kennel at home. The second step leaves a roughly 10" gap to the bathroom wall that Lex has no problems navigating.


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Old 06-26-2007, 11:59 PM   #33
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Thanks! That is so cool!

My dogs are not allowed near your trailer.

They will want their own room too!
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Old 07-15-2007, 01:16 AM   #34
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Peter was incredibly busy last week, finishing up multiple projects to get the Scamp ready for camping this weekend. Peter and son now away at the Arlington air show, so I am posting this update. Peter can post the rest of the update pictures when he gets back.

Here is a side-by-side comparison of the old and the new upper cabinet in our Scamp 5th wheel loft:

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The new upper cabinet is beautiful! Plus we have extra storage since Peter extended the cabinet all the way back to the new mini-closet next to the bathroom (not shown in this picture).

I finally got a chance to work on my Scamp project as well. Last week I got busy too and finished sewing a new set of curtains.

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Old 07-15-2007, 09:16 AM   #35
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I agree, Lynne - they ARE beautiful. He did a terrific job!
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Old 07-15-2007, 10:14 AM   #36
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WOW!!! An incredible job! The cabinet is a perfect combination of elegance and function, and your new curtains look great. Excellent work!

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Old 07-15-2007, 07:06 PM   #37
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Love your new cabinets and interior. Wonderful job.

Question, what is the insert material in the cabinets. It looks great.
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Old 07-15-2007, 09:13 PM   #38
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Love your new cabinets and interior. Wonderful job.

Question, what is the insert material in the cabinets. It looks great.
The insert material is a punched aluminum sheet from Lowe's; the idea was to create a lightweight drawer fronts & cabinet drawers that provide ventilation during the Pacific Northwet's damp season when it's a good idea to allow for air circulation so the dehumidifier can do it's thing in all the corners.


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Here's a pic of the stairs up to the loft with the 4-drawer chest-of-drawers to the right, a two-door cabinet under the middle step, and a 20" wide x 7" high x 12"-14" deep (it's deeper at the bottom than it is at the top) drawer under the top step. The bottom cubby (where the wood is now) is slated to have a setup tools chest/stool at the back and act as a shoe cubby up the front. Lex's open kennel space is to the left of the bottom step; the kennel floor is level with the bottom step and has a removable floor panel to access more storage.


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This is a closer view of the punched aluminum panel in the drawerfront and of the embossed trim, which is stained and has black Sharpie marker detailing in the embossing.
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Not technically part of the loft, but it follows the stylistic elements of the cabinetry I've been making for the loft.

Monday I installed a new microwave. Ordered this Sanyo on the Web from Walmart & picked it up at the store for just over $100; bought this one because it is almost the exact maximum size that'll fit in our microwave cubby above our 'fridge and it has a grill/browning element.


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Things the picture doesn't show or doesn't show well: There are 2" vent holes drilled through the fiberglass cabinet side walls on either side of the microwave, one toward the bottom of the microwave cabinet on the sink side, which is where the microwave's air intake is, and one diagonally opposite, near where the micro exhaust is. Both holes are covered by little round roof soffit vent covers (from Home Depot) spray painted with white appliance paint. The front lower edge under the micro also has ventilation in the form of the same punched aluminum sheet I use for my drawer and cabinet fronts, and the inside of the cabinet is covered with Reflectix insulation.

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Old 07-22-2007, 03:04 PM   #40
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Peter: Will you have any drawings available of your modification? This type of conversion may be what I need for the wife. She wasn't able to sleep with comfort in the side to side bed of our previous Scamp 5th wheel.

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Old 07-22-2007, 03:51 PM   #41
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Peter, I just got caught up on your latest updates and all I can say is WOW! Chris and I were already impressed when we saw your 5th wheel at the April NOG, but now we are looking forward to seeing all your latest improvements at the October gathering. That's IF we get our "new" Bigfoot fixed up enough to camp in by then! Chris has been spending all his spare time building our new garage. Now the garage is all but finished and our Bigfoot is finally nicely parked inside, so he's just about ready to start working on it. It's such a fixer-upper that it's a bit daunting. Chris is handy but unfortunately I'm not at all, so we'll see how it goes. Anyway, great job on all your neat modifications!

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Old 07-23-2007, 02:34 AM   #42
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Peter: Will you have any drawings available of your modification? This type of conversion may be what I need for the wife. She wasn't able to sleep with comfort in the side to side bed of our previous Scamp 5th wheel.
First, thanks for the kind words about my project. The loft conversion is down to a handful of undone items, things like valances for the curtains and (planned) pull down shades, loft lighting, a closet door, and a pull out tool chest and shoe cubby that fits underneath the bottom step. When it's done I will take a bunch of new pictures and work out some sort of conversion guide for those who want to re-trace my steps. Hopefully I'll have this information online by December, which is when I'll start working on a "U" shaped dinette conversion and matching overhead cabinets.

Several people have asked for loft conversion plans, but I can't really provide an exact plan set or cutting guide. Why?

BECAUSE NO ^&*()^ TWO MEASUREMENTS ON THIS BEAST ARE THE SAME!

We always knew our eggs were unique to the owner, but only recently have I discovered just how far this uniqueness goes. Take the gusset support ribs. The one on the curb side of my trailer is 1/4" longer than the one on the street side. And, when I installed the deck support using the little shelf support the old gaucho seat back/top bunk was connected to, I found one side was 1/2" lower than the other. And, when I made a cardboard template for the street-side half of the new deck area for the loft and flipped it over, expecting the contour where the other side of the gaucho used to sit to match, it didn't.

So, yes, I can and will provide a guide with general instructions, construction layouts and tips for people wishing to make future conversions, but please don't expect an exacting set of plans.

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