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Old 11-29-2007, 10:41 PM   #43
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I'll be replacing my entire floor with 3/4" cabinet grade plywood, sealing it, and replacing the carpet with something fresh & new.
All new interior doors & hardware
New wedgwood stove w/ cover
Adding shurflo faucet and electric pump
New hubcaps, new upholstery, new curtains, new interior lights

Also *hopefully* replacing my old, tired icebox with a 3 way fridge, if I can find the time and funds after completing all the other listed tasks.
Sounds like an ambitious plan! Don't forget to post pictures here; I'd like to see your floor replacement project.
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Old 11-30-2007, 02:12 AM   #44
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Here are some pics of our counter extension. Dave used quilted "hot plate" material on the surface so hot pots won't cause any damage. It folds down for travel. Can be used as an eating table in bad weather. It comes in very handy.
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:08 AM   #45
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Where did you get that hotplate material? I really like that!

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Old 11-30-2007, 11:22 AM   #46
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Sounds like an ambitious plan! Don't forget to post pictures here; I'd like to see your floor replacement project.
Anyone looked into cosmolite yet for floor replacement? I guess is it fleetwood that is making a new superlight weight trailer out of it? I was reading about some new trailer somewhere getting ready to be put "out there" with this new product. I was just thinking it might be a good idea to use for a floor in our eggs.

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Old 12-05-2007, 11:29 PM   #47
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Well, I just purchased a VuQube which is a neat little satellite dish in it's own little box. It's pretty automatic with just 3 simple steps and your up and running. None of this in and out of the trailer stuff and having to be level as level can be. I'm trying to talk a good friend into copying his pole and brackets for me which lock the dish to the pole and the pole to the trailer.

I'm contemplating making new cabinet doors. I'm just in the design mod right now, thinking about what material I might want and the finish.
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Old 12-07-2007, 07:03 PM   #48
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Before we put our baby away for the winter we added a Bravetti Microwave/Convection Oven (Cdn Tire approx. $300) to our 17' Escape. Fits perfect on top of the wardrobe. Had Reece and his crew at Escape Trailers bolt it down for us. Large interior and wieghs less than 50 lbs! We also grabbed some of the magnetic tin jars at Cdn Tire people were talking about in another post when we got the oven. Works perfect attaching them to the range hood. Seem to hold on even over some rough roads. Currently working on building some dimmer switches into the interor lights. Trying to find a small SPDT center off switch to replace the ones that came with the lights. Failing that I'll drill a hole in the side and use a small varible resistance pot instead. Reece was nice enough to let me have one to play around with in case I really bugger the thing up. (LOL)
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:57 AM   #49
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Where did you get that hotplate material? I really like that!

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I finally saw your question on the hot plate material. Sorry for the delayed answer. I ordered it from a catalogue, like Harriet Carter, or Miles Kimball (1-800-546-2255). They come in 2 sizes and I think, stainless or cooper color. They're intended to sit beside your stove at home to save the counter top. My problem was I didn't have a counter in the UNIK , so Dave built a "box" around the hot pad and built the up or down extension beside the stove. He's great and so is the extension! I use it all the time. Cleans up so nicely. If you have any other questions, jsut let me know. Terry


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Old 01-15-2008, 07:39 PM   #50
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Hi! I'm in the process of panelling my 72 Boler with 3"x8' knotty pine wainscotting. About half done. Man, what a Blast!
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Old 01-17-2008, 10:47 PM   #51
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I like that! Nice job
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Old 02-01-2008, 10:57 PM   #52
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While we have enough storage in our trailer there always a need for places to put small items without cluttering up the countertop and table. So, this dual-purpose mod should help us.

Dual-purpose, because the inner shell of the Burro consists of two halves bonded together in the middle. Well, for whatever reason the two often don't fit together in a symmetrical manner, and one thing I noticed is that the structural "ribs" appear to have been put into the molds without any reference to the horizon. Obviously a bit of camuflage would be good.

On the streetside, the rib points sharply up, on the curbside (shown in the pictures) it points down a bit. So, since they are structurally very sound I thought they could serve as the foundation for a couple of shelves. Significant shimming was necessary, especially on the street side. Result shown in the picture. The offending support structure is covered, for now, with some fabric.
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Old 02-02-2008, 02:40 AM   #53
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cjlindsay I'm curious what you used for your countertops? Love your idea of the wainscoting.
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Old 02-02-2008, 11:43 AM   #54
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Very interesting look with the wood, cjliindsay! It's beautiful.

Per, how fun and what a great way to add some shelf space. Your woodwork is superb!
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Old 02-02-2008, 10:54 PM   #55
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<snip> And I'm adding new BAL stabilizers that'll hopefully reduce or eliminate trailer rock when we're set up.
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It also seems prudent to do some reenforcement work on my (2005 Scamp 5th wheel) trailer axle mounts.
Peter, when I had a 2005 Scamp Deluxe 19' 5vr , like you I tried multiple things to reduce 'trailer rock'. Spent quite a bit of time trying to determine just what was allowing it to occur. I extended the OEM rear stabilizers to reach the ground, so they were solid. Always chocked in front and behind the wheels and of course the front landing jacks had quite a bit of weight on them so they seemed solid. Still the rocking was evident from the axle forward, becoming more noticeable the further forward you were.

One thing that made a significant difference was to stabilize the hitch. Noting that on a conventional 5<sup>th</sup> wheel trailer you can purchase a two or three leg king pin stabilizer, I created one for my Scamp 5vr. That stabilizer made a significant improvement in reducing the rocking motion perhaps by 70 percent. Eventually I determined that the remaining rocking was the result of landing gear flex. While they were stout and could support a large weight load, they allowed movement, both side-to-side movement and front-to-rear.

While at home, I placed a couple of floor jacks to stabilize the front part of the frame and they, in addition to the home made stabilizer and rear stabilizers, made the 5vr feel as if it had been given a solid concrete foundation. Amazing what 7 jack/stabilizers will accomplish! Never duplicated that setup on the road, as when using the home made stabilizer the remaining level of rocking was acceptable.

Maybe this will give you additional insight toward a full solution to your 'rocking' experience.

View the extended OEM rear stabilizers at:
http://tinyurl.com/2szx2h

View that homemade stabilizer at:
http://tinyurl.com/3yqowd

P.S. Did you have a problem with your axle breaking loose from it's mount?
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Old 02-03-2008, 08:37 AM   #56
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That loft stabilizer is a thing of beauty.
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