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#21 OFFLINE   mtnkwby

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 05:57 PM

I doubt that it will be much heavier.....maybe 100-120 pounds, including the spacer/brace, no big deal. I will get a total weight when I put her on Red.

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 01:54 PM

Today I finally got to taking the front bulkhead off the camper to see what the damage is. After finding ALOT of hidden screws that held it on I got it to come off. To my glee, I found almost no real damage or rot! I had to remove the screws holding the bottom plate on to the front frame work, reset the frame and screw it back together. I added about 6 more screw to the mix for good measure. Next on the list is to inject some marine epoxy into the surrounding wood for strength, since some of the wood is not really rotting, but is starting to come apart or delaminate after 21 years. The epoxy will be a "PM" thing along with adding some wood around the front for more rigidity. I will replace the waffer-wood plate with a plywood one.

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I have one question though, the voids are filled with standard glass insulation. Is there an advantage to replacing it with foam? Does the foam have better insulating qualities?

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 07:12 PM

Yeah, the foam has a higher R value than the thin fiberglass bat that was originally used.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 08:32 PM

Well its been awhile since I did anything to the TC, been busy doing other stuff. So today I did some work on it, getting the front bulkhead fitted and mounted. After that I mounted the rebuilt front jacks up and lifted it, and mounted the spacer/brace under it.

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The reason I havent been working on the TC.........a new to me project, 89 FLHS

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 05:33 AM

decisions, decisions, decisions... at least when the camper gets done you can trailer the scout and or bike somewhere then go from there huh. ;)

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 10:42 PM

decisions, decisions, decisions... at least when the camper gets done you can trailer the scout and or bike somewhere then go from there huh. ;)


I'm thinkin.......16' trailer with the bike across the front and the Scout behind it! :thumbs_up:

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:24 PM

The S&S CURSE GOT ME!! :sterb003:

Today we decided to pull the bubble windows out and reseal the front of the camper.............got bit by the curse! We started to enclose the windows in the nose and found it. :1381:

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The drivers side is the worst, there is some rot on the passenger side but not much. I pulled more apart after I took the pics and it looks like I have to replace 3 of pieces of cross-beam and make some new end caps for the sides. It looks alot worse than it is, the wood above it in the roof is sill in great shape. I do have some black/grey discoloration on wood in the front that I will have to bleach to kill the possible future rot. We will be blocking the windows off on the nose for heat/cooling comfort in the C/O. These were the old bubbles and there was just a thin plastic window between the elements and the interior, so it got hot/cold VERY QUICK in the bedroom. We will reinstall the factory windows to keep the S&S look for the nose and its just easier to put the front back together the way it was origanally built.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 06:24 PM

Started chasing rot today. I know what needs to be done now, tomorrow I will go get the supplies to do the repair the right way, and start on the fix/update.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 07:25 PM

wait...whats that? is there a light at the end of that tunnel? there just cant much more left on that to do can there? unless you are thinking of an interior redo too? again...im amazed at the the work you can and are doing on that. great job. :fing32:

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 06:15 PM

Found the light at the end..................Finally.

Was busy again today on the S&S. Found the end of the rot and will start the rebuild tomorrow. Notice the nice light colored wood in the backround.

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 07:33 PM

Wow neighbor. Your project is really ambitious. Hope we don't have an early snow this year.
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Posted 06 August 2011 - 05:37 PM

Wow neighbor. Your project is really ambitious. Hope we don't have an early snow this year.


Should have it ready to camp by the end of the month......I figure 8-10 hours of wood work, then remount the tins.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 06:48 PM

Worked on the TC again today, making some pretty good headway. Dont have to replace wood on the passenger side, its in really good shape. I will do some golf tee's in some screw holes and do alittle plastic putty work there, but thats it. I Measured 3 times, cut the rot out, cut and made a new panel. Fits like a champ and the rot is gone, will do some more tomorrow.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 08:28 PM

Did some more work today.......doweled, glued, and screwed the drivers side replacement plate today. Replaced some of the 2" roof pieces, I picked up what I thought was a fiber panel to replace the interior paneling that was rotted on the edges. Turns out tht its plastic and I dont want to use it, so I will have to get a piece of paneling tomorrow. I have to put the panel on before I reasemble the nose. So while I still had light I made the window framing piece and fitted it to the nose. Its coming aong though.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 08:45 PM

have you been keeping records on the costs (dollar costs not otherwise) for this rebuild? the learning and achievement cost are unmeasurable i would suspect. its such a massive, amazing rebuild, im just curious. you owning your camper with all the work you have put in to it i can imagine will be priceless.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 08:11 PM

have you been keeping records on the costs (dollar costs not otherwise) for this rebuild? the learning and achievement cost are unmeasurable i would suspect. its such a massive, amazing rebuild, im just curious. you owning your camper with all the work you have put in to it i can imagine will be priceless.


So far I'm into it for $168.00 in parts, but the labor would of killed me if I wasnt doing it myself. The real cost is gunna be the aluminum diamond plate that is going to replace the tin from the windows down. There is a wear through spot on the factory piece and that stuff runs $5.00 a square foot, plus shipping and setup is what I was quoted, so diamond plate is cheaper.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 08:32 PM

Been busy, fitted the new window framework in on Friday and started closing in the nose since I have finished replacing the rotted wood. Today we finished closing in the nose and started puttng the windows back in. We ran out of light after getting the center window in and will have to do the side windows tomorrow. I can tell you that with the bubble windows filled in the bedroom is much darker, which is good. I have noticed that is stays ALOT cooler inside too.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:47 PM

Almost finished the front off today, windows are in, and trim is on with new black insert plastic. Ruthie will do the caulking, case I'm horrible at it. Next is to pull the drip rails off the sides and remove all the old sealing/caulk stuff off the roof and reseal it with Dicor tape and sealant. I did screw up a bit though.....the front piece of tin is mounted about 3/8's of an inch to high. I was going to use some diamond plate, but it will have to wait when cash is a little more available.

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 10:25 AM

Picked up the Dicor tape and caulk that I needed to reseal the roof the right way. I dont think that anyone EVER removed old caulk when resealing, it was 1/2" in some places and I found 3 layers. It took me 6 hours to dress the roof seam for resealing. We have also decided to repaint it while we are cleaning/resealing ALL seams and windows. We are going bright white and will add red accents to match the truck.

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 07:55 PM

Started painting the beast today and I need to get new clearance lights......these things are crispy. I also found a way to patch the holes from the years of additions and wear and tear. JB weld quick, mix it up and fill the holes, a little grinding and its good as new. Since I'm painting it anyhow, when done you cant tell there was ever a hole. I will do a before and after pic tomorrow.

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