Starleen2 build- Texas camper Mod /New windows

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Re: Starleen build- update almost finished!

Postby 2bits » Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:13 pm

Man, good thinking doing a test run!!!
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Re: Starleen build- update almost finished!

Postby tonyj » Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:32 pm

Sooo . . . . .

Are you ever gonna unveil pics to those of us who couldn't attend LCGVII? I've been sitting by the computer waiting patiently., hitting the refresh button every 30 seconds since your last post . . . :FNP
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Re: Starleen build- update almost finished!

Postby Junkboy999 » Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:38 am

Trailer looks good. :thumbsup:

The bomb in front of you looks Dangerous ! :shock:
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Re: Starleen build- update almost finished!

Postby campmaster-k » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:33 pm

You do great work Scott. :thumbsup:
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Re: Starleen build- update almost finished!

Postby starleen2 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:32 pm

Thanks for the renewed intrest :)

Well folks - the big reveal a major theme change. Mrs starleen 2 came in with a set of sheets and comforter with a Texas theme. Thank goodness we had not painted the outside yet (of course she knew that - so she figured that if a switch was going to be made - now was the time) So the decision was made and here are the results.

The reason for the new build was that I already had the windows (sounds reasonable enough??) and needed “extra” space for the toaster oven, and I really wanted a tongue box. The donor trailer kinda determined the width and the length,

The outside is painted Ford grey and trimmed in red, white, blue vinyl. We’re trying something new with the vinyl. The vinyl comes in 15, 30, 48, and 60 inch widths - so we layered the top with white vinyl. Even though the top was resin coated, fiberglassed, and painted - the vinyl added another layer of waterproof protection.
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BTW – the blue trim on the top actual has about and 1/8 reveal on it. It is fiberglass reinforced bondo to cover the edge seam. I ran a strip of tape to form the edges, applied the bondo, removed the tape when the bondo was still soft and pliable – leaving a crisp sharp edge. Then I sanded it smooth and to the desired thickness simulating applied trim. The corner trim is thin gauge aluminum angle

Traded out the old metal fenders because they were rubbing the tires on extreme bumps. I mounted these a bit higher and it solved the problem
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Outside access hatch works well - I can even crawl in if I need to reach to the other side.

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Tongue Box - plain and simple, but does the job
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We are also “wrapped” the front and rear of the camper as well - makes it easier to clean off bug splatter. The vinyl has an outdoor life expectancy of 5-8 years (about the same as if I had used paint) plus the camper is garaged so I should get extended wear life out of it.


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custom drink holder
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Both beds have plenty of storage under them - full size in the rear and single up front.
Instead of using a curtain to hide access to underneath the main bed, I used 5mm luan covered with fabric and velcro to secure it place. I was surprised how well it worked

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The cabinet with the microwave and toaster oven got the same treatment
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Track lighting - two lights are enough, but four really lights things up plus they are aimable.

Nice little horse tapestry print
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The back cabinets are using the same velcro technique on the doors. However, the bottom are set in a track formed by the aluminum trim.

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Plenty of storage
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Set up at Lake Mineral wells State Park

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On the two trips so far, the camper has pulled like a dream – very stable - no sway or surging. :thumbsup:
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Re: Starleen build- update almost finished!

Postby doug hodder » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:39 pm

That really looks great Scott! You've done well! Any idea on the weight on this one? Doug
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Re: Starleen build- update almost finished!

Postby tonyj » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:53 pm

Thanks for the update, Scott. It looks great and very roomy. I look forward to seeing it in person.
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Re: Starleen build- update almost finished!

Postby mezmo » Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:35 am

Looks Great !

It's heartening to see such a simple and straightforward design
turning out so attractively and extremely functional. You've totally
succeeded in achieving your design and build goals !

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Re: Starleen build- update almost finished!

Postby bdosborn » Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:05 am

Boy that turned out great. It looks roomy, comfortable and organized. :thumbsup:

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Re: Starleen build- update almost finished!

Postby starleen2 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:38 pm

The Texas Trailer performed great this summer on a two week trip trough the Midwest - towed like it wasn't even there. I did put a new set of springs under the camper before we took the trip - one had actually broke a leaf :shock: Glad we found it BEFORE we left. Now the TEXAS camper is about to go under the knife (saw) for some additional mods - stay tuned. :thumbsup: 110956
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Re: Starleen2 build- Texas camper Mods

Postby 2bits » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:56 pm

Scott, I think it looks great!! Looking at your signature photo it actually looks very similar to the height of the truck! It is probabyl an optical illusion, but it fits nicely with it either way! I like the Velcro idea and the cool lighting! :thumbsup:
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Re: Starleen2 build- Texas camper Mods

Postby kd5edj63 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:23 pm

Very nice. That is some outstanding craft work
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Re: Starleen2 build- Texas camper Mods

Postby tsmyth » Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:11 am

Great looking detail pictures and some ideas I will use on my camper. My question is what is the weight??
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Re: Starleen2 build- Texas camper Mod / new windows

Postby starleen2 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:29 pm

Now that the weather has cooled off a bit - We spent Saturday prepping new window frames to be installed. I carefully measured and outlined the cut outs - then - held breath and drilled pilot hole and proceeded to cut out for the new front windows. I got them at the swap meet in Indiana Crossroads of America gathering last July - I was waiting for some cooler weather to do the install. They are the same size as the rear windows. So what do you think - they certainly add more light to the front sleeping area and also more cross ventilation.

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Re: Starleen2 build- Texas camper Mod /New windows

Postby KCStudly » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:18 pm

Looks great, too. :thumbsup:
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