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Old 10-19-2016, 05:59 PM   #267
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Thanks so much for continuing to share your project with such great photos and descriptions of what you're doing. Gosh you're talented!
Thank you for such a kind compliment Valerie, it's been a real pleasure sharing this crazy adventure with everyone here!

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Old 10-30-2016, 06:33 PM   #268
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I've really busy the past few weeks so haven't been able to post up my progress, here's a recap for y'all.

Out of principle I didn't want to pay $4.00 each for replacement latches for the cabinet doors, so I ended up fabricating my own out of some plastic sleeve material and screws... total cost was $1.12:



It took a fair bit of time, but I got tops for both cabinet units built:



While I really like the sliding drawers, I wasn't thrilled about seeing the contents within them. My solution was to weather some of the galvanized sheet I had left over from the door, and install a piece as a face to each which came out great:





I also whipped up a coat rack, to give it a rustic lodge look I used some wood from a busted up pallet I found behind Lowe's:





The remainder of the updates will follow in the next post!

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Old 10-30-2016, 06:44 PM   #269
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Last but certainly not least is the floor installation. Step one was to belt sand down the sub-floor to level things out:



From there it was a fairly simple, yet time consuming process of cutting and installing the stick-on floor pieces. I still have the floor under the bed to do, but the rest of the interior is done... here are a few pictures that capture the camper's current state:







This coming week I'm spending four days out on the trails and the week after I'm making an off-road trek across the state of Georgia... it will probably be a few weeks before I'm able to put in more time on the camper, stay tuned!

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Old 10-31-2016, 07:44 AM   #270
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That looks INCREDIBLE!! Very nicely done!
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Old 10-31-2016, 09:07 AM   #271
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I agree! I love the easy chair!

I noticed you eliminated the rear bulkhead... wondering how you are supporting the upper shell at the rear?
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Old 10-31-2016, 12:28 PM   #272
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Your very hard work is definitely paying off.
It has come a long way
Looks great
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Old 10-31-2016, 02:32 PM   #273
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Thanks for the kind words everyone!

@ Jon - I wondered if/when someone would notice that and ask about it. I'm hoping to add a thin rib around the rear area to give it some support, yet keep the open look and feel... although I must admit I haven't completely figured out how to implement this yet so it's going to be a little wobbly until then.

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Old 10-31-2016, 02:44 PM   #274
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Don't wait too long to get that support in, you've done terrific work and I'm sure you don't want the top to start settling down. This is a picture of Ian Giles Boler, maybe it will give you some ideas.
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Old 10-31-2016, 07:04 PM   #275
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Looks really awesome AND comfortable. What great work you do and I love your customizations and lodge style. Enjoy your adventure!
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Old 11-01-2016, 11:33 AM   #276
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For the structural upright support near the door. See section 3.0.1 with image describing an active core stringer. Piece of plywood cut to curve shape and then fiberglass over it attaching it to the shell.
http://www.westsystem.com/ss/assets/...aintenance.pdf
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Thanks for the ideas, I will definitely get working on this as soon as I'm able!

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Old 11-01-2016, 04:31 PM   #278
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I agree, I am to this exact point on my new project Casita. I was wondering if that was factory install for the AC and when I saw this pic, I knew it was!!! LOL
Excited to read on since I am attempting to remove shower tonight!
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Question about the drain removal

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Thanks for the kind words and encouragement!

I'm afraid I don't have a definitive answer on the floor question, although I do recall reading a post or two on the subject - if memory serves the general consensus was/is to not encase the wood with fiberglass so it can breath more?

This morning I made pretty good progress on the shower stall. In order to have a completely free space to work with inside I decided to dismantle it completely which will simply mean a little more reassembly down the road.

Going...



... going...



... gone!



My decision to remove the shower stall was a good one, the floor was completely disintegrated!



Carpet removal is up next, then foam removal probably for the remainder of the day until I get worn out.

Stay tuned!

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How do I get the drain out? It seems to be the only thing left attached to the shower pan....
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Old 11-08-2016, 06:56 PM   #280
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How do I get the drain out? It seems to be the only thing left attached to the shower pan....
Sorry for my delayed reply, I've been out in the wild for the past several days.

On mine, there was a thin, large nut that secured the drain to the shell - it required a big monkey wrench to remove. I might have a photo which I can post up if you need it.

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