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Old 02-22-2008, 09:58 PM   #71
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I took the front window out of a 79 Scamp that I had last summer and like you I was dreading putting it back.
I used the old gasket and lock strip and it was not difficult at all, just messy. I used copius amounts of Armour all to lube the lock strip and it went right in with the aid of a screw driver.
I was surprised as I heard the same horror storys.
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Thanks John. It helps for encouraging me to go out there this weekend and give it a try.
I did buy a lockstrip tool so hopefully that will make it easier. I hear the tough part is getting the plexi into the gasket. I did one a long time ago on a kit car and I don't remember it being too bad though.
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:07 PM   #72
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I replaced the converter and cleaned up the wiring in the area near the converter. See http://scamp.n0kfb.org/ for details.

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Old 02-29-2008, 09:23 PM   #73
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Some time ago I made an Emergency Flasher Box. Mine has 3 switches:
  1. Flashes the Brake Lights
  2. Lights the Running Lights
  3. Lights the Back-up Lights
It also has a capped 12 Volt outlet.

Recently I had difficulty digging it out of a storage cubby. I got to pondering a better place to keep it, while standing back and staring at the trailer... and thought, "I wish it were always handy and didn't need to be searched for." I looked at the length of the pigtail that normally plugs into the back of the tow vehicle...



I could build it into the propane tank cover. My tank cover sits away from the front of the trailer. Normally, I just coil up the pigtail around the tongue jack. Now I can feed the pigtail under the tanks and plug it into the back of the cover.

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I can reach the 3 switches from the top, and the 12 volt outlet is protected.

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The guts of the thing takes up very little space in the area between the 2 tanks.

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Old 03-01-2008, 07:40 PM   #74
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I am not so sure that having switches, no matter how well insulated, and even located near the top of the enclosure, inside an area where a propane leak could be held captive is a wise idea.

1 spark.
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Old 03-01-2008, 08:15 PM   #75
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I am not so sure that having switches,....inside an area where a propane leak could be held captive is a wise idea.

1 spark.
Goodbye.
Well thats one way to detect if you have a gas leak
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:54 PM   #76
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Here's my latest Mod. I built and installed a small shelf in the back streetside corner between the side and rear windows. I attached it to the window frame and also brought a brace up from the bed cabinet to the underside of the shelf to stabilize it to stop any tilt. I attached a small shelf underneath for the DVD/Satellite boxes. Now that my new TV has arrived I'm thinking about making the shelf about 1 1/2 inches deeper. This will allow me more depth side to side so the lower shelf can accommodate both components. Initially I thought I'd just swap them out. Also if I put a small clete on the front edge and velco on the bottoms of the components, I can leave them in place. The TV will reside on the bed when traveling.
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Old 03-08-2008, 03:07 PM   #77
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that's really nice looking. how do you plan to enlarge it?
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Old 03-08-2008, 03:31 PM   #78
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I attached it to the window frame and also brought a brace up from the bed cabinet to the underside of the shelf to stabilize it to stop any tilt.
Looks good, can you post a picture of the attachments to the window frame and the brace? The curtains are in the way....
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Old 03-08-2008, 03:34 PM   #79
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I was just thinking about bringing it out of the wall a little further which makes the shelf deeper and also allows me to make the shelf underneath wider. The components will sit side by side.

With the current shelf I'm limited on width underneath because of the curature in the corner. As you gain depth on top you also gain depth near the windows.

I think I'll play with the existing setup for awhile and then decide if I really want to enlarge it or not.
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Now that the TV has it's new space in the trailer I'll show you my other Mod.

I used to have a folding table over the couch under which the TV was stored or on top when in use.

I replaced the folding table by building a permanent table which fills in the entire corner. You will notice a cut out area on the right. That's because my solar panel is stored against the front wall of the trailer between it and the couch cushion, hidden by pillows. I worried that without the cutout I wouldn't be able to get the solar panel in place. As it turns out I didn't need the cut out, oh well.

I now have a stable place to use the Microwave and a place underneath to store it. Here's a couple of pictures.
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Joy, thats really a good job..

I have no woodworking skills at all. I want to do the end shelf mod on my rig and make the dogs a "Room" under it. Thats where they sleep anyway, right at the end of the bed. I have plenty of room for me this way too. (I am short LOL!)
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Donna,

The brackets to the window frames are just little "L" brackets. The brace is a piece of 1/8 x 1 inch aluminum. I simply measured to length and bent a foot on the bottom and top. Screwed it into the cabinet and the bottom of the shelf. The brace keeps the shelf level. There really won't be any weight to speak of while traveling. The TV will be on the bed just below and maybe the components, too.

No picture as I ran it up behind the carpeting. Just so happens that's where the joints of the carpeting are and the strip that covers the joint. I've already glued it all back together. Sorry

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I almost made a shelf all the way from the back to the sink cabinet. I know a couple that have done so simply to have extra counter space. They have it high enough for their feet to go under which is about the bottom of the window. If they chose to put the dinette up they just lift the shelf out. He just used 3 pieces of wood, glued and screwed together in a "U" shape and set in place. 2 as uprights and 1 as a shelf. 3/4inch plywood should do it.
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I sleep up front and the back is open seating area. A little extra counter space would be great over there. I don't have a drip coffee maker in the trailer, but it would be nice to have one for when I have hook ups. That would be a good place for it.

The space now has dog blankets and other unsavory looking stuff, it would be nice to hide it.
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love the shelf extension! i have been thinking of doing exactly the same thing all winter.....how did you attach it??
i, too, considered the "U" shaped shelf ---portable--idea....and it's my second option. however, having a foldable one is
my first choice.
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