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Old 09-08-2017, 06:08 PM   #29
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Old 09-08-2017, 08:47 PM   #30
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Thanks -- I have been enjoying these last few days with the weather in the low 70's dry and sunshine, it makes working on the camper fun. I hope the have the body back on the frame tomorrow, with some plywood under it to hold everything flat.
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Old 09-16-2017, 06:54 PM   #31
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Been a little while sinc3e update -- got a little sidetracked -- grandkids -- wonderful sidetrack!!!
Before setting the shell back down -- I put tape on all the little holes under the floor -- all the screw holes and other breaks. I used the silver aluminum tape, wanted a good bond, but also planned on setting the floor back down on a sheet of plywood and didn't want the epoxy to glue to the plywood. I had noticed that they was a little bow in the front, a lift from the rot and some damage where the body came to the frame. I also put tape on all the places that the drains came through for the same reason. Also, it seemed that the floor was a little weak, so I planned on adding one mat of fiberglass and epoxy on both sides of the wood, and a mat of fiberglass to hold the wood more rigid.
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Old 09-16-2017, 06:59 PM   #32
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Noticed someone had painted the frame, so should have no trouble getting it in the right place.
Cut all the pieces, and set the rear piece. I put weight on the hold it down, and braced into the body to pull the sides up a little. Have everything cut to finish, the parents come back from wedding in Florida on Monday, so will finish it up, then start putting the pieces back in.
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Old 09-17-2017, 10:32 AM   #33
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I look forward to each update.
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Old 09-18-2017, 07:56 AM   #34
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You'll be walking around in there in no time at all. That is going to be one solid floor!!!

This is such a fun hobby. I think the manufacturers get it 90% there. But because the last 10% will cost you 20% there is always some compromise. In a build like this, however, profit margin is measured in smiles and you end up with a no-compromise, built-like-it-should-have-been, result.
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Old 09-18-2017, 09:43 AM   #35
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Yes I wanted the floor solid, and when taking it up, I noticed that it didn't connect in a number of places where the fiberglass dropped slightly between the frame supports. That's why I used the plywood under the body, and made sure I used pressure to get a good bond. The glass and epoxy on the top with strengthen it a little more, and insure that there are not water issues going forward. I want it to last another 30 years with no floor problems. I also noticed that when the floor got a little rot, the front and back edges at the frame go a beating, so there will be extra glass and epoxy at the frame sites as well. I've also decided to glass in all the cabinets and counters to give it more strength and put a 3/4 plywood narrow cabinet and support over the wheels.
It is a lot of fun on the rebuild, so glad I went this way, rather than just buy one. I just have to figure out how to get a "new smell" air freshener.
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Old 09-20-2017, 08:47 PM   #36
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getting the next thing ready

Finally got the shipment of epoxy, so tomorrow will be the next thing on the floor. I plan on glass and epoxy over the wood, to keep it trouble free. I also cut up all the scraps of FG I had laying around and put them into the edges and will fill the edges with epoxy as I put the FG on the floor. That will give me some extra strength, and will fix the places that had cracked on the frame over the years. Took out one window, and will take out the rest after I finish with the epoxy. I think I will get the outside ready to paint next, since the days are moving towards winter. Would be nice to get it painted the first week in Oct. so if we decide to take off, it looks okay.
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Old 09-20-2017, 08:49 PM   #37
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Will put all the windows back it after painting.
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Old 09-21-2017, 01:39 PM   #38
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floor coated

Put an extra layer of FG mat on the floor over the wood, and sealed everything with epoxy -- filled the spaces around the edges with epoxxy and spare FG I was amazed how much expoxy I used to get all this done. I am really looking forward to standing on it and seeing how solid it is. We were in a new scamp last June and I was a little surprised by the give in the floor. I added a bit of weight I know, but I think it will be worth it, and I will enjoy the solid feel. I also brought the FG up the sides a little, especially in the center area over the axle. I noticed that there is not a lot of support there, and this will help stiffen it.
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Old 09-21-2017, 02:06 PM   #39
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Lookin' Good! My guess is you emptied a gallon just into the seams alone. That is one strong egg shell now and.... I bet it floats too!
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Old 09-21-2017, 02:33 PM   #40
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Yes it took a bit... I used 3 1/2 gals on the bottom side, and 4 gals on the top. I was a little surprised by the top.. thought I would have plenty left over when I bought 4 gals. Will order another 2 gals, and see where I end up I think I am feeling good with the FG and will probably try a canoe later this winter. I am surprised by just how strong it is with a mat and epoxy.
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Old 09-21-2017, 08:13 PM   #41
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Wow! Gets better every update!
The cool thing is you're going to know every inch of this trailer once you're done.

I still think you might cancel your order and stick with this one.
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Old 09-21-2017, 10:15 PM   #42
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order

I will likely cancel the order, although I have occasionally mentioned those on the forum who have multiple campers for different situations. Didn't get a favorable response.
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