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Old 03-25-2012, 08:07 AM   #1
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Hatches and Rare Earth...

Magnets that is...

So, floor repair is taking a little longer than anticipated due to a slight change in bonding material. Mr. 2yax opted to go completely epoxy and the materials just arrived last week.

In the meanwhile, progress on the hatches going in both curb and streetside began with the idea of how to do the templating. And, given where we decided to located them, the Mister is also having to raise and reroute the interior water and electric lines above the hatch flanges.

On the street side both exterior water and electric inputs will be moved closer to the front of Li'l Scamp and placed one on top of the other with water on the bottom and electric on the top.

Curbside exterior 110 receptacle will be moved under the sink cabinetry at a slightly higher level than now to allow easier access when the tables are put in place for our outside kitchen under the awning (I don't care for cooking inside my campers if I don't have to.)

Rare earth magnets left over from a Christmas project were just perfect for marking the basic boundaries for each hatch and for holding the template in place to determine the best location. And, since they bond to each other so tightly they can be moved in tandem to the final spot before cutting. (Mr. 2yax is such a creative thinker).

Now...if I get these uploaded right, you should see the pix in order of marking the basic curbside cutting area, the template in place and then a snap of the streetside with the template in place.

Josie...
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:31 PM   #2
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Very clever with the magnets. A while back Peterh did a post on magnets. One thing he did was epoxy a magnet inside to hold the hatch door open. Keep up the good work. Raz

Adding a hatch.
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Great idea, I agree with Raz. Can't wait for the finished pics
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All Hatched Up and Ready to Go

Finally....after many delays and distractions from getting the fiddley bits done, the hatches are in, functional and look like they came with Li'l Scamp right from conception. (AND...we've been Scamping 2wice...)

Even Skye Dog approves...sort of.)

Streetside hatch is for water/electric related items.
Curbside houses chocks, levelers, a few handtools, etc.

We will have to be careful to consider equal weight distributions on each hatch.

#1 - Streetside with relocated water and electric

#2 - Curbside

#3 - Skye says it's a Doggie Door (not)

#4 - Hmmm....maybe we need a longer bed.

Happy Scamping...

Josie
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Sreetside with relocated water & eletric.JPG   All hatched up and ready to go.JPG  

OK...so it's an escape hatch, right..JPG   Maybe we need a longer bed..JPG  

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Looks great! I might do the same on my U-haul.

Where did you get the hatches?
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:41 AM   #6
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I think you'd find the addition of the hatches worth the work. The things we carry in there took up either floor or cabinet space inside the trailer. Now we have them at hand without having to open the door and trip over other stuff to get them during set-up and take down.

The curbside hatch came from Gander Mountain for $83.98 including shipping (and a pair of zip-leg britches for the Mister) with the special they were running at the time.

The streetside came from Great Lakes Shipping Ebay site. The price was $59.99 including the shipping. You can also order direct from Great Lakes, but Mister said the overall cost was more.

He was looking for hatches with the same locking mechanism with a similar height. Neither company had both the hatches so we divvied up the money.

The electrical inlet came from Wholesale Marine.

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Here's a bunch from Cabela's: Cabela's: T-H Marine Locking Sure Seal™ Waterproof Storage Hatches
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Wow. Looks great. Handy place to store misbehaving spouses? I'm jealous of that storage. It is all in my tow vehicle.
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Cutting holes in the side of your trailer is not for the faint of heart. Nice job. Raz
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