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Old 06-06-2013, 06:36 AM   #15
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II make St Louis style Pizza (Imos). No yeast just baking soda so no tossing. I put it in my smoker and in about 14 mins OMG! If you ever want to try it Google Imos St Louis pizza.

And I love the new paint job. I can't wait to do mine and after seeing yours I might have to put it ob top of the list..
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:38 AM   #16
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Kevin, we need sunglasses to look at your lil trailer. Great job!
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:09 PM   #17
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Thanks, everyone. After I test the fridge, I'm going to start in on the wiring inside and out, putting in LED lights and 12v receptacles. Going to have to decide on what to do about the battery. I need a new one, might as well get one (or more) that will last and provide enough power.
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Are you going to put in a solar panel too? If so take pics and notes because it is on my list. I am thinking 2 batteries and solar with inside LED lights (Ikea). I already did the outsie with led's at about 3.50 each. Not sure if they are still on sale.
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Yes, I already have an 85-watt panel for it, it's big but the price was right. Also have a small controller. Going to ground-mount it for now, if I went with a roof mount I'd probably buy smaller panels. Have to figure out the best way to mount 2 GC2 batteries. I'll mount a disconnect for the panels outside, probably on the battery box or nearby. That way I can just coil the cord up and put it away, or make a longer/shorter one as I see fit. Have a 12-2 extension cord with a mashed plug, so will put new connectors on it for use with the solar panel. Will start with 25' and see how that works out.

I don't like the light fixtures it has now, will most likely fabricate some small fixtures that are designed to work with LED lamps. I looked at direct replacements, for decent brightness you pay through the nose, cheaper to buy new fixtures. Will camp with it a few times to hash out where I want things to go. Evernote is your friend!
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Have you check Ikea? They have some get prices and many types of led lites.
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:26 PM   #21
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Shawn, I'll probably make my own fixtures to fit the area I'm putting them in. Have a stock of old desk lamp parts for goosenecks and shades. That way I'm sure that I'm getting what I want. I think the closest store to me is Philly, and I very rarely go down there.
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:37 PM   #22
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Rain, rain, roll away

Now THIS is what I like to see! Beading better than my truck, see how long it lasts.

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Oh! This looks amazing! You have done a fantastic job!

Could you please explain more about this BKF and Zep that you mentioned? What is it and how is it used exactly?
We have just purchased a Minit and it is in dire need of attention. I am wondering if this would work for ours as it has done for you.

Also, I like the look of the cloth inside yours better. We have the ensolite in ours and it is detached in some of the places. We are working on repairing it.

Any advice you can give is so much appreciated. I am truly interested in this BKF and Zep stuff you mention. Where do I get it?
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:12 AM   #24
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Wow, you did a terrific job! As a newbie here I am re-inspired, was getting bogged down but there is hope. Your documentation is really helpfull for us new guys. Super pictures. Glad to know I need to wash all those micro-fiber clothes. (Last month I learned I need to wash from the bottom up )
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Oh! This looks amazing! You have done a fantastic job!

Could you please explain more about this BKF and Zep that you mentioned? What is it and how is it used exactly?
We have just purchased a Minit and it is in dire need of attention. I am wondering if this would work for ours as it has done for you.

Also, I like the look of the cloth inside yours better. We have the ensolite in ours and it is detached in some of the places. We are working on repairing it.

Any advice you can give is so much appreciated. I am truly interested in this BKF and Zep stuff you mention. Where do I get it?
Lesa, this thread is long but worth reading through- Check this out NOT Poliglow...Time will tell... Short version you can buy the Zep- Step #3 "Wet-Look Floor Finish" at Lowe's or HD ($24.95/gal), as well as Barkeeper's Friend. The process is pretty straightforward, just a lot of elbow grease. I was going to make a video of both the BKF/Zep process and re-gluing the headliner, but videos take a lot of time to plan and edit and I think both procedures are simple enough to explain without video. It will certainly work for your Minit. I've been following your threads, looks like it was used as a "race camper" which sometimes means "flophouse on wheels". Once you get the outside ready, pick a dry day and go to town. Only thing I can add to what's already been said about BKF/Zep is to work in the shade like any car finish work, and work in small areas with the BKF, rinsing frequently and well. If you let it sit too long, it sticks on the fiberglass, I just used a clean sponge to wipe it as I rinsed.

I used a leaf blower to get any standing water out of crevices, then let it dry for a couple hours. I have a 4-section "wonder ladder" that I set up as a scaffold to work on the roof. Might be too wobbly if you're not comfortable on ladders and such. I kept a dry clean towel on hand when I was doing the roof, I used it to protect the (dry) finish when I needed to lean out to reach the center of the roof.

Buy a whole box of nitrile gloves, I get the black ones from the auto parts store. If you need to take the gloves off for any reason, stretching them peels the Zep off the glove and would make a mess if you tried to reuse them. Put the Zep in a very clean dish soap bottle, makes it easier to dispense. And always turn AWAY from the trailer to put more Zep on the cloth, will keep you from getting drips or splatters.

Right before I started the Zep, I cleaned the dust and bug specks off with a cloth dampened with homemade windex (ammonia, water, and alcohol, no surfactants) and with a dry lint-free cloth in between coats. There are still some specks in the finish, as there will be any time you apply a finish outside, but I am planning on doing something to smooth it even more, either a clay bar or even wet-sanding with 2500 grit paper then a coat of wax. Have to determine which, if any, waxes will not strip the Zep.

The cloth in the Scamps is marine headliner fabric, called "rat fur" here. I like the quilted stuff in your egg, definitely worth saving if possible. The 3M 90 works great, but it needs to be used as a 2-surface bond, or contact cement. The trick is how long to let it dry before sticking it. Follow the directions on the can and try it on some other things first, just be aware that the temp/humidity will have an effect on the open time. If you want to buy a roller, get a J-roller used for laminates or a weighted roller that is used for EPDM roof seams. For the "bubbles" it might be tough, because you need to get to the back which means pulling more off than is already loose. I was lucky that I had seams to work from. Forgot to add- If you're working inside the trailer with the adhesive, get and wear an organic vapor respirator, lots of nasty solvents that WILL cause damage to your lungs even with short-term exposure.

Sorry for the long reply, hope it helps. Lot of clever folks here to answer your questions, probably better than I can.
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Wow, you did a terrific job! As a newbie here I am re-inspired, was getting bogged down but there is hope. Your documentation is really helpfull for us new guys. Super pictures. Glad to know I need to wash all those micro-fiber clothes. (Last month I learned I need to wash from the bottom up )
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Thanks, Elaine. If you want to learn about cleaning/detailing vehicles, check out Autogeek.net, they have all kinds of instructions plus supplies. Learn about the "two-bucket method" for washing, keeps grit from scratching your vehicle. I grew up in a car dealership, my summer job was detailing and reconditioning cars. When I was 15, I started buying beater trades from my dad and flipping them (didn't even know it was called "flipping" back then!). I made enough to buy my first 2 vehicles, fix them, and pay my own insurance and gas through high school. Amazing that a $300 dollar car could turn into a $1,000 dollar car with a day or two of work.

Considering how little I paid for my Scamp, it has crossed my mind to sell it, but I doubt I'll find another in this condition for the low price. Rather have this one than a little extra money in my pocket. Now, if I could trade up to a Casita 17, I'd do it in a heartbeat, even if it needed some work. In about 6 years, we are planning to go full-time with a larger unit.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:42 AM   #27
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Some work, some don't!

In between bringing home and installing a new kitchen range, I plugged the shore power cord in this weekend and tested the fridge and converter, the only two things I hadn't tried. The fridge gets really cold, both on AC and LP, so that's a big check off the list.

The converter seems to not be charging the battery, will have to investigate further. I know my battery is done, but my standalone charger will bring it to 12.5 volts and it will stay there at least overnight. Battery was at 10.4 volts on Sunday morning, after being plugged into shore power until 7 pm, the battery was still at 10.5 volts. No fuses blown, have to look up more information on my converter, maybe it has a cutoff if the battery voltage is too low?

I had removed a mouse nest from the camper when I picked it up, and later found 2 dead baby mice in a cabinet. Went crazy cleaning and deodorizing, slept in the camper Saturday night, still getting a hint of a nasty smell. Well, I traced it down Sunday, found another dead one on top of the wheel well under the furnace. Another round of sanitizing and deodorizing, camper now smells fine and my mind is easier now that I'm certain I've poked and looked into EVERY crevice in the trailer.

Lots of little stuff, tried placement on a few LED lights, packing list got longer, and got a set of measurements for window awnings. Need to get to the RV store soon to get butyl tape and awning rail, among other things. Also painted the bunk poles white, and sealed the front window where the rubber doesn't quite meet at the bottom. Ordering tires this week, found a local shop that got me a better price and guaranteed fresh tires. Will replace/pack bearings when I switch the tires.

Stopped at Harbor Freight on Saturday, they had their "Parking Lot Sale" which was pretty sad, maybe 30 items in a tent in the corner of the parking lot. Needed a few other items, they didn't have any of the suction grabbers, and also didn't have a couple other things I needed. Did pick up a few rolls of cold-shrink tape and some more air fittings that I needed. Wife is shopping for curtain fabric and small rugs.

First "trip" is in 2 weeks, going to be close to home so if I need something, I can come back and get it. Raining like crazy now so I'll be working in the shop today.
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The converter seems to not be charging the battery, will have to investigate further. I know my battery is done, but my standalone charger will bring it to 12.5 volts and it will stay there at least overnight. Battery was at 10.4 volts on Sunday morning, after being plugged into shore power until 7 pm, the battery was still at 10.5 volts. No fuses blown, have to look up more information on my converter, maybe it has a cutoff if the battery voltage is too low?
Do you get electricity from the battery? I had a similar problem, it took me a while to figure that for some reason there are 2 in-line fuses at the + line coming from the battery, one at the battery and one under the bunk, and than there is a 3rd one for the line in the fuse box. The plugs for the fuse under the bunk were corroded and the fuse in the fuse box was blown, only after I found these 2 I got it to charge.
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