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Old 05-04-2015, 10:18 PM   #29
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Hey all,

Time for yet another update. Today we got the fiberglass of the floor repaired. The biggest concern was that in the front middle where it looks as if rock damage combined with normal wear to create a large irregular hole. We put a small rectangle of plywood (3/4" X 3/4" X 20") in the cracked corner and fiberglassed it over. With the floor repaired, we can get it back on the trailer. We sanded the bottom of the trailer down to the green gelcoat. One thing we can't understand is that the bottom has green gelcoat and the top has white. If anyone can explain this I would love to know.

More patch work is still needed for the bottom half, but we got some of it done. Just in case anyone is wondering we have been doing quick acetone wipedowns of everything before sanding or fiberglassing and it seems to have worked well.

We put four of the "ribs" in with loctite heavy duty construction adhesive. We will fiberglass those in even though the adhesive made them very sturdy.

We also took the tires off the frame to get them replaced and ready to go.

Next up, more repairs to bottom half, get it back on the frame and keep chugging away at the sanding. At least with it on the frame we can move it back outside on the nicer days. As a spoiler I've added a picture of the cushions my wife has been making.

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Old 05-04-2015, 10:35 PM   #30
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Here are the pictures as promised
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Old 05-04-2015, 11:35 PM   #31
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Those ribs look mighty familiar! Great job! Keep the photos coming!
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Old 05-08-2015, 02:57 PM   #32
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Looking great. How are you finishing the inside?


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Old 05-13-2015, 01:41 PM   #33
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The interior will look like a scamp 13 deluxe layout #2. The only difference will be that instead of the bathroom and closet in the front, the bathroom will be a front couch/bunk and the front closet will be a 1/2 bathroom. We will be using pine interior for bench seats and cabinets. We will be putting bamboo flooring over the original floor and rat fur for the inside.
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Old 05-13-2015, 02:15 PM   #34
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What is "rat fur"?
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Old 05-13-2015, 02:29 PM   #35
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What is "rat fur"?
It is a short nap marine headliner used to cover ceiling & walls. It doesn't retain odors, and stains are easily removed.
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Old 05-13-2015, 02:33 PM   #36
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Thanks. I'm looking at options for mine. I'll check that stud out.
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:51 PM   #37
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We started framing in the bench seats and the front couch/bunk. We still need to do framing of the cabinet and closet. We used plywood for the bench seat floors in order to make them easier to remove. We used carriage bolts with wing nuts to keep them in place. The bolts were drilled through the plywood and the floor. The wing nuts are probably not the best thing to hold them in place, but they are so easy to tighten if anything comes loose that it will serve its purpose. An added benefit is that if we eventually want to change the layout we are only 5 wing nuts away from having a blank template in the back half. We used regular washers underneath the trailer and rubber washers between the plywood and floor for moisture protection.

The front bunk/couch was framed in as well. We did not use the plywood in the front because it was such a small area that we would have ended up using the same number of wing nuts to keep it in place anyway (6). So when in doubt always keep the trailer as light as possible.

Next I began cutting out the wiring and installed the circuit breaker box. I was able to find a square d 100 amp 6 space breaker box at home depot, so that's what we went with, Even though we will only be using 2 of the 6 spaces. It also leaves us room to upgrade the 110 system for more accessories in the future. It also fit into my second rule, cheaper is better.

The wiring was surprisingly easy once we found out that we only needed two outlets for 110 and two outlets for 12v. We also had the fantastic fan on the 12 side as well as an exterior light. I thought about an exterior outlet, but decided against it. If it really bothers me later I suppose I will have to add it.

To finish out the wiring concept we bought a 150 watt cup inverter to charge phones mainly but also for the laptop, refrigerator (minimally) radio, and lights. Rather than upgrade to a larger inverter we would simply minimize usage to lights and fridge if necessary. That leaves one open dc outlet for phones.

We have a 100 amp battery with a 30 watt solar panel. It may seem mismatched but the battery was yet again cheaper than a 50 amp so bigger was better. Between trips we will have at least 4 or 5 days so we are hoping that the panel will keep up with usage. 6 days of charging and 2 or 3 days of battery use. The plan is to mount the panel to the roof of the boler.

We continued working on sanding the exterior to get it ready to paint. This seems to be the most boring task, so we try to only do a couple hours a day. We are also fiberglassing small holes as we find them when sanding ( from missing rivets or screws).

I think the pictures need up upside down this time. My apologies for that

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Old 06-10-2015, 08:11 AM   #38
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Looking great! Are you finding that the piece that supported the bench seats around the outside are at different heights from the floor? Ours were off by 3/4" from side to side! And we feel your pain when it comes to sanding. That was the most painful task of the rebuild. But it'll be worth it in the end. Keep up the good work! It's coming together nicely!
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:07 AM   #39
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Joe U R doing great,,will be a dandy camper,,been following your posts and work progress,,??where did you find info on the solar panel & hook up,,i want one to keep my battery charged when boondocking ? Thanks Ron
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Old 06-10-2015, 05:42 PM   #40
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Hey Tony,

It was quite a project to figure out the height of the bench seats. Unlike yours, our bench seats were even on both sides, but they dipped about 1/2 inch in the middle of the seat compared to the edges.
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Old 06-10-2015, 05:48 PM   #41
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Ron,

When looking at solar panels, wiring, and everything in between I used the solar tutorial on this site and the electrical forum. Ultimately I decided to go with panels and a controller from renogy solar. Personally I would go with a larger panel (probably 75 watts) for boon docking. But check out the forums and tutorials and you'll have more information than you need
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So what's the plan for the exterior paint job? Are you going to go back to what it was? Just curious. I know that the paint on ours REALLY changed the look of the trailer. And boy were we excited when we got it back. It's like we turned a corner in the rebuild and could actually see the finish line -- it's a ways off, but we can see it!
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