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#41 OFFLINE   davesteve

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Posted 29 October 2014 - 07:29 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.

I can see my 800lb goal is in jeopardy, but it was always more of a hope than a  totally realistic target. Still, I opted to take extra room as a trade off to weight. At least, at this point.

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Posted 29 October 2014 - 05:11 PM

Interesting approach with the fiberglas/resin, Dave. Are you not concerned with aerodynamics with the pearlite in the resin? (Sorry, I've worked around fiberglass boats for 25+ years with the running surface being smooth for performance reasons).

 

I would think you might want to put a layer of glass on on the front underside of the camper, but not necessarily the box area. That is one area that takes a lot of hits with bugs and water when on the traveling down the road. A layer of resin might be extra insurance against water intrusion here.


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Posted 29 October 2014 - 08:14 PM

My worry would be less about wind resistance but more about cleanup. It can be a bear to keep a smooth surface camper clean - How do you keep something textured like that from turning into a Chia Pet?


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Posted 30 October 2014 - 06:12 PM

My worry would be less about wind resistance but more about cleanup. It can be a bear to keep a smooth surface camper clean - How do you keep something textured like that from turning into a Chia Pet?

 

Excellent point! Sometimes I can't believe the bug accumulation on the front of the camper, even above the truck cab area, on some road trips! It's like you almost have to sandblast them off.


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Posted 31 October 2014 - 08:43 AM

When we got back from Yellowstone you couldn't tell what color the TC and truck was from all the bugs splattered all over some big ones too , then the dirt from the back roads we took. Took a week to clean both.


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Posted 31 October 2014 - 12:18 PM

Interesting approach with the fiberglas/resin, Dave. Are you not concerned with aerodynamics with the pearlite in the resin? (Sorry, I've worked around fiberglass boats for 25+ years with the running surface being smooth for performance reasons).

 

I would think you might want to put a layer of glass on on the front underside of the camper, but not necessarily the box area. That is one area that takes a lot of hits with bugs and water when on the traveling down the road. A layer of resin might be extra insurance against water intrusion here.

Not too concerned with wind drag from the perlite. If it was tested against a smooth version, I guess it would be some small amount of extra resistance. Not really sure. Don't know if anyone has test results for that type of thing???

 

It sounds like you mean the flat vertical surface where the cab meets the camper? I do plan to glass around that front camper window also.

 

And the nose cone (where the wind hits the bed box straight on) will be a curved SMOOTH glassed surface.

 

I think a power wash would get most of the bugs/dirt. If not, I just repaint when it gets really bad. The final paint coat is a high quality polyurethane, http://www.systemthr...Topcoat-c29.htm, so I think it will wear well. We'll see.



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 07:04 PM

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 03:51 PM

Liking your curved roof for a couple of reasons - additional height in the center and the water shedding ability it will provide.


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 10:57 AM

Interesting the roof design. wondering about how you are going to keep water from being pushed in when driving down the road? Thinking about the rough side not a fan of it. Took me two days to wash and wax our AF after our trip up north this year.


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 10:58 AM

Interesting the roof design. wondering about how you are going to keep water from being pushed in when driving down the road? Thinking about the rough side not a fan of it. Took me two days to wash and wax our AF after our trip up north this year.

It will be sealed.

 

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 01:29 PM

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 01:38 PM

:sign0098:

 

Looking good! Just make sure you can get it out of the garage when finished (don't forget the extra height from the roof fan) :happy0045: . Looks real close to the top of the garage door although I expect it will be lower once you get the jack stands on it.


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Posted 29 November 2014 - 02:48 AM

:sign0098:

 

Looking good! Just make sure you can get it out of the garage when finished (don't forget the extra height from the roof fan) :happy0045: . Looks real close to the top of the garage door although I expect it will be lower once you get the jack stands on it.

I can already see that my original plan of backing the truck into the garage, is probably not going to work because of the height and the slope I have in the driveway. I think I might put the table underneath on ski's  or wheels and winch it outside.



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Posted 03 December 2014 - 12:52 PM

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 01:10 PM

Looking good . Cant put my finger on it. Something is overlooked.


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Posted 11 December 2014 - 06:03 PM

I would be shocked if I didn't overlook something. Hopefully, will be something small.



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Posted 13 December 2014 - 01:11 AM

Part 16

This part will be the last of the year. Although we have had a mild late fall so far, winter is due any time in SE Michigan. We have a near 50 degree day this weekend, but I'm guessing things are going to get nasty very soon, so it's a good time for a break. I'll be back to finish up this project probably in late March or early April. I'm probably 80% finished and I'm hoping to be on the road by Summer. Thanks to those who have been watching and I'll see you here in the Spring.
 

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Posted 20 December 2014 - 06:44 AM

Finally was able to catch up on progress of your TC. Looking good with some graphics on the exterior and seeing the interior starting to come together. Do you have a manual way to raise or lower the roof in case of failure with the air lift cylinders? 


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Posted 28 December 2014 - 03:16 PM

I commend you on the task your taking on.  Looking forward to the next video.  Thank you for Sharing.


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Posted 28 December 2014 - 06:20 PM

I may be joining this club, soon.   Strongly leaning towards using the Glen-L 11' Everglade side entry camper plans to rebuild my KIT from scratch, and potentially incorporating some design features from the old Kamp Kings and Amerigo's in. 


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