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Old 04-22-2011, 12:34 AM   #15
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Roof disaster

I can't believe the guy did such a hatchet job on this hatch. I won't be able to fix this right now. I'm trying to get ready to go camping in May. This will be a pain.
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:41 AM   #16
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Door support popping loose

Is this original or a mod? There's this section of steel tube about 3/4-inch square riveted to the side of the door opening. At the top, the steel piece has been bent to conform to the curve of the hull. Down here at the bottom, it appears to have popped loose, and it's completely straight. Not sure what to do with it. Suggestions welcome.
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:43 AM   #17
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And lastly...

...couldn't resist another "Old system vs. New system" pic.

Simplify! Simplify!
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:31 AM   #18
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Great job, Rick! And I'm putting in those same "new systems"!
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:30 AM   #19
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Rick, nice job on the restoration. Concerning your question on the metal piece at the door. This is to help stiffen up the fiberglass at the door and keep it from flexing. My piece had popped the rivets at the other end, near the top. I ended up removing it and glassing in a 3/4" piece of plywood perpendicular to the door, see my trailer profile. I believe you will want something there to stiffen it up or the fiberglass may flex too much at the door hinges. Keep the photo's coming, it's fun to watch.
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:45 PM   #20
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Great camp kitchen

@Vickie--Great camp kitchen! I'm debating whether to go with an awning, an attached screen room, or a stand-alone unit of some kind. Yours interests me because you chose to set it up completely separate from the camper. Hmmm....

@Dannie--Wow! You've created a work of art. Maybe someday when the kids are grown I'll consider some mods like yours. You've made a perfect 2-person rolling homestead. Awesome.
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:28 PM   #21
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So,this ensolite stuff you all are talking about,is that what the insulation is in my camper?Mine is in really good shape but the previous owner started filling in the seams trying to get a more solid look.I cant get the sealer off without damaging the insulation so if it is paintable that would be great.
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:31 PM   #22
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Yes you can paint it.
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:45 PM   #23
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Rick,

Here is a GREAT camp kitchen a member made:


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About the Screen room----We had hoped to put it right up against the camper, but that particular camping site was a hard surface, so we had to put it where we could stake it. It worked out fine, tho. The screen room is a wonderful addition.

But to make things even easier---I am in the process of making a new awning. I got a very heavy duty tan tarp, and put the rope that slides into the awning rail on one end. The tarp has grommets every 24 inches. I am going to make a decorative edging from outdoor material to go around the edge of the tarp. I have netting (with grommets all around) that I can attach to the tarp for some bug control. I also bought nylon material to make privacy panels. It will be like a mini attached screen room (6' x 8'.)
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Old 04-24-2011, 03:24 AM   #25
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Awning welt

Vickie -

That sounds like a neat project. I'd like to see a detail of how you attached the rope. As an alternative, I've seen "awning welt" advertised on the web. You might try that if you haven't already come up with your solution.

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Hi Rick---

Here goes:

First, I cut off one 6' side of grommets (so I'd have a plain edge to turn over my rope.) I snipped off a bit of rope from my original awning so I'd know what size to get and went to Lowes and bought some rope.

Then it was a simple matter of placing the rope across the top of the tarp, turning the edge over the rope, and sewing close to the rope (using a zipper foot on the sewing machine which allows you to get in close to the rope.
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Learn from my mistakes---I didn't need to get quite as close to the rope as I was trying to get! Made it a slow go when I'd run into the rope with the needle!

The biggest mistake was out-thinking my self and using a heavy corded type thread. My machine HATED this thread and it took ONE HOUR to sew 6 feet, and lots of sweat and prayers!!! This made the opposite side of the stitching a horrible mess (see pic). It works fine and it won't show---but it still ticks me off.

When I got through, I put in a regular spool of thread and went back over the stitching several times (which took a whole 10 mins!)

And, yes, we took it to the camper and tried it in the rail and it works great!!
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Just for fun, here are the rest of the pieces to the awning.

The striped material will be like an "edging" hanging down a foot or less from the tarp edge. I will cut it into three sides and put grommets on it matching the grommets on the tarp. I am going to connect it to the tarp with carbiner type hooks, or S hooks, so it's very simple and all breaks down easily.

I'm running the stripes horizontally cuz I think that's a more modern take on the vintage awnings.
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