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Old 01-09-2017, 04:35 PM   #309
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Looking good!

You're right about those edison lights. You have quite a little cottage look goin' on. Nice!
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Old 01-15-2017, 06:21 PM   #310
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Over the past few weeks I've worked on stripping the black paint on the exterior in small spurts. I won't go so far as to say it's making the poor old camper look much better, but by this afternoon I had at least managed to finish my first pass all the way around on both the top and bottom sections (leaving only the roof to do):





While working I noticed that the metal strip that clasps the top/bottom sections together has pulled away from the shell, so another small item to add to the fix list:



The other small project I've been working on over the past couple days are curtains. "My designer" helped pick out some killer buffalo check fabric which should add a nice pop of color on the interior. My sewing skills I doubt will win me any awards, but I managed to get all of the panels constructed:



I also spray painted the grommets with flat black and a dusting of metal bronze to hopefully blend in with the other weathered metal pieces:



I've got a day off from work tomorrow so should be able to get the finished, I'll post up a picture or two of the final result.

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Old 01-15-2017, 06:32 PM   #311
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Seriously anticipating seeing the results.

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Old 01-15-2017, 06:56 PM   #312
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What did you use to strip the paint? I'm enjoying the skiiing this winter, but missing the tinkering.


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Old 01-16-2017, 06:09 PM   #313
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What did you use to strip the paint?
I've been using Citristrip. I suspect a stripper like "Aircraft Paint Remover" would have made the process easier, although not having to deal with the toxic fumes is what motivated me to go the Citristrip route.

A couple other items for this update, the first is the final steps of the curtain project. You really haven't lived until you smack 45 grommets into place:



The monotony was worth it though, here's a couple pictures of the finished product:





The only remaining items for this project are some straps to hold the curtains back when open, I would have gotten this wrapped up this evening if I had remembered to get Velcro strips when I was at Lowe's... oops.

The second is the window trims. With the carpet on the walls removed, there was a gap between the shell and the interior window trims that I wasn't happy with. The solution ended up being fairly simple and inexpensive, I ran a couple layers of foam weatherstripping around each metal piece:



It took a few coats of paint to saturate the foam, but in the end it created a pretty good end result:



More updates to come!

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Old 01-16-2017, 06:34 PM   #314
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Looking pretty classy there Jonathan. Yet more kudos.

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Old 01-16-2017, 06:48 PM   #315
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I think you are better than I am at sewing Jonathan! The last time I tried, I ran the pressure foot over my thumb and essentially stitched myself to my project. Yep, needle went all the way through my thumb (and nail). So be loud and proud!

BTW: I think Buffalo plaid is neato!
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Old 01-18-2017, 10:05 PM   #316
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Nice work

Nice work, as always. There is a black (plastic)? Device in your rig, along the bottom cabinet floor line. What is it? Refrig?
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Old 01-18-2017, 10:10 PM   #317
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The area is beneath the butcher block top cabinet, next to the sink. I am just curiuos.
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Old 01-19-2017, 06:43 PM   #318
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Thank you for the kind words everyone, it really means a lot to me!

@ Tom - do you mean this thing?



If so, then yes - it's a fridge, a Coleman PowerChill to be more precise. While it's admittedly not quite as effective as a more traditional fridge, it's considerably lighter in weight which is why I chose to use it. My tow vehicle is an almost 30 year old, 4-cylinder truck as a reminder... every pound counts!

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Old 01-19-2017, 07:46 PM   #319
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Hey! How did you get the polypro and fabric to stick to the wall? I have the same
Issue of having no liner. Thanks!
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Old 01-19-2017, 08:15 PM   #320
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Yes, that thing

Thanks for the info Jonathan. I understand your weight reduction needs as I did some trimming down of weight with all the Casita MDF cabinet covers. At the time I was towing with a Toyota minivan and was weight conscious. Now towing with a full size van and weight is the last thing of concern. You must be under 2K lbs with your weight loss program.

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Old 02-02-2017, 05:40 PM   #321
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Hey! How did you get the polypro and fabric to stick to the wall? I have the same
Issue of having no liner. Thanks!
Hi Linda. I'm sorry for my very delayed reply, I've been stretched thin with work the past little while so out of rhythm with checking in here on the forum.

The fabric itself I secured to the insulation pieces with a high test spray adhesive. The finished pieces themselves ended up fitting into the rear space fairly well just due to pressure - i.e: the ends butted up to the cabinet unit on either side and with each other in the middle, thus pressing them into shape. I did, however, reinforce them in a few spots with... you ready? Small, rolled up strip of Gorilla tape! LOL!! I'll admit it's a little ghetto, but it's what I had on hand and it worked well, so in the end I'm OK with it.

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Old 02-02-2017, 05:52 PM   #322
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One other quick update while I'm here. While the casters I mounted on the back bumper technically worked, they introduced some issues as I learned. I got a bee in my bonnet a couple weekends ago and after spending a ridiculous amount of time staring at the camper waiting for a solution to magically present itself I decided to try popping car tire dollies under the axle as it had been suggested a few times.

My optimism was dashed fairly quickly, the small casters got stuck on every crack in the garage, and while it was nice to be able to push the camper side to side, it had a tendency to slide side to side on its own whenever I tried to move it forward or backward... which continued to be nearly impossible to do by hand... bleck.

The following weekend resulted in another 45 minutes of blank stare until a new idea finally emerged. Another trip to Lowe's and about 20 minutes resulted in the following:



I got second one fabricated for the other side and relatively pleased with the results. The camper rolled better than when it was on the car tire dollies, the height was spot on, and they were a piece of cake to pop on. The only issue was that they didn't stay in position very well, which made sense as they were not fixed to the wheel in any way. The next day I added one more piece to the brackets - it's nothing special, but thus far hold them in pretty well:



It has since been noted that the wheel studs will likely not wear well resting right on the steel angle iron pieces so I've got yet a little more work to do, but I at least feel like I'm moving in the right direction.

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