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#21 OFFLINE   davesteve

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 05:08 PM

Why OSB for the floors rather than plywood? Just curious as to your thoughts on it.


Could have used either. A LITTLE cheaper. Maybe a little more stable??

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 05:14 PM

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Posted 21 September 2014 - 06:02 AM

Enjoying your series!


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Posted 22 September 2014 - 02:16 PM

Food for thought, in picture #4 a better way to fill a bad cut or a angle that wasn't planed. Take some epoxy and mix in some saw dust, you want it to be almost runny, pack the joint and tape it off so it will stay till it dries.



Some seem to think that no adhesive should be used on rv wood joints. Others say the stronger the better. Epoxy makes the joint stronger than the wood itself...which you think would be a good thing.??? I don't really know, so I have taken a middle approach with glue (titebond3). If the glue joint fails, then it still has the screws and biscuit. That's my unscientific theory. We'll see.

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 09:29 PM

So true a tighter joint the better. adding with biscuits, dowels, and screws cant beat them. Was just giving ideas on fixing errors looks is all, and a smooth finish after sanding if it gets it.


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Posted 23 September 2014 - 04:05 PM

That is pretty cool I really like what you have done so far. I have been planning a TC myself using the Earth Roamer as my guide. Wish I had the BIG bucks for one of those. But we were visiting in Napa when the quake hit and I didn't think much of it until we got home. That's when I found the damage done and it was still on our truck while we were sleeping in it. Felt like we were in a sling shot. But it put a wave in one wall and it is literally coming apart at the seams.

 

So now I will be gutting it and using everything I can from it to build another. Our truck has a high enough lift that I will be cutting out the top of the wheel wells so I'll have a perfect square to work with and more storage as well, or I may take the bed off altogether and build a flatbed. Like to find a stock truck bed at a junk yard and turn it into a flatbed and keep mine the way it is. Have to do some welding for sure. But the main thing we want is the pass through from the truck cab to the camper. I have no choice now and for what we want it will be way cheaper to do it ourselves. Can't wait to get started!! 


2004 Fleetwood Napa earth quake damaged have no choice BUT to gut Angler. Truck is an 03 Duramax AFE intake EFI Live tuning that gives us a steady 23 mpg fully loaded, 16 in the Sierras. Cobra inverter so she's a portable generator to boot. The tires right now are Cooper 285/75/16 with a 10 ply load range E and she rides nice.    

 

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 07:39 AM

That is pretty cool I really like what you have done so far. I have been planning a TC myself using the Earth Roamer as my guide. Wish I had the BIG bucks for one of those. But we were visiting in Napa when the quake hit and I didn't think much of it until we got home. That's when I found the damage done and it was still on our truck while we were sleeping in it. Felt like we were in a sling shot. But it put a wave in one wall and it is literally coming apart at the seams.

 

So now I will be gutting it and using everything I can from it to build another. Our truck has a high enough lift that I will be cutting out the top of the wheel wells so I'll have a perfect square to work with and more storage as well, or I may take the bed off altogether and build a flatbed. Like to find a stock truck bed at a junk yard and turn it into a flatbed and keep mine the way it is. Have to do some welding for sure. But the main thing we want is the pass through from the truck cab to the camper. I have no choice now and for what we want it will be way cheaper to do it ourselves. Can't wait to get started!! 

Now that's bad timing, being in Napa that day. I might have thought it would be ok swaying on tires and springs. I guess not.

If we have to make them earthquake proof, then we all might be in trouble. Good luck with your building.



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Posted 26 September 2014 - 09:22 AM

Part 7

 

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Posted 27 September 2014 - 10:52 PM

Now that's bad timing, being in Napa that day. I might have thought it would be ok swaying on tires and springs. I guess not.

If we have to make them earthquake proof, then we all might be in trouble. Good luck with your building.

Mom's 90th B-day and really I think it had as much to do with the build quality on my TC. I found out it was one of those that FLW decided to sub out and I have had to do a lot to it when I 1st bought it. It has been a learning experience and I wouldn't change a thing. But when the quake hit I was actually awake and it was a weird and fun ride REALLY like a sling shot. I have it sitting on a brace now I don't trust it to stay together up on the jacks alone. I'm still drawing it out but I plan on doing a bit of combo wood and steel to make like a role cage. Have to do some experimenting first. If I could I'd go aluminum frame no budget for that one.

 

AWESOME build series davesteve really man that is just flippin cool.


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Posted 01 October 2014 - 06:04 PM

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 11:58 AM

Part 8

 

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 12:13 PM

It's coming along nicely. I'm curious about your design of the cabover area and how the lower part of the camper angles in towards the centerline under the bed. Looking forward to seeing how that finishes out.


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Posted 08 October 2014 - 06:27 PM

That has me wondering also DC


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 09:17 AM

It's coming along nicely. I'm curious about your design of the cabover area and how the lower part of the camper angles in towards the centerline under the bed. Looking forward to seeing how that finishes out.

That's what most people are asking. The angles are not common on truck campers. Some of it is for wind flow, the rest, just to help it look less boxy.

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 09:41 AM

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 11:25 AM

my roamin chariot is a factory design and only lifts from the back



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Posted 21 October 2014 - 09:45 AM

Part 10

 

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 05:12 PM

Explain more about the kickouts over the wheel wells. Why not just go straight back for the box of the camper to fit between the wheels? Won't that make loading the camper a bit more challenging?

 

You are definitely making progress now that the insulation is in.


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Posted 27 October 2014 - 10:23 AM

Explain more about the kickouts over the wheel wells. Why not just go straight back for the box of the camper to fit between the wheels? Won't that make loading the camper a bit more challenging?

 

You are definitely making progress now that the insulation is in.

Yes, it will be a bit more challenging. More of a "drop in" than a "slide in". A trade off for a little more interior space on the front corners, is basically the way I saw it. I'll see if it is more of a hassle than a help, later on. Thanks for the question.


Edited by davesteve, 27 October 2014 - 10:23 AM.


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Posted 27 October 2014 - 10:28 AM

Before you glass think you think about the weight for a drop in still pass a 1000lb. Might have to fix the it to a slide in.


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