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Re: CNC Build -- Odds and ends

Postby capnTelescope » Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:22 am

Since public servants don't serve the public on weekends, I took care of some of the more important odd jobs that need to get done for campability.

First up is the galley. I've been telling people on tours that they have to imagine a countertop across the galley that will hide the stuff underneath. They'd all nod politely. I'm pretty sure I was having difficulties envisioning that, too. That became the first job.

In a failure to plan ahead, I didn't include the countertop in the basic assembly because I couldn't decide what I want for a countertop. I still haven't decided, but just happened to have an ugly piece of HD plywood lying around that's only a little bit undersize. It's better than nothing, so that's what i have now. Here's how it turned out:
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Because there wasn't a plan, I can't use a full width piece. It won't go in because it's too long. i had to make a shelf to put the shelf on. :? Here's a closeup of the right end of the countertop:
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There's a piece of ply glued & screwed to the original ledger piece, with another piece G&S to the bottom of the first piece. End view looks like a Tetris piece. I'll have to make a filler piece by the wall when I get to the real c'top. Good enough for now. It turns out to be a comfortable working height. :thumbsup:

Here's a shot from a different angle. i also CNCed holes in the c'top for the Dog Dish Kitchen Sink (RandyG gets credit for the idea) and the faucet:
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I also started putting some tools away, which is why things are so tidy above. Drilled a drain hole in the bottom of the cooler tray (no pic, use your imagination) so I can drain the cooler without lifting it out. Put the vacuum cleaner to good use (sorry, no video). I also installed a license plate bracket and light. Probably jinxed myself for registration.

Hatch weatherstripping was up next. The first step was to finish up the top gutter. Two pieces of angle alum, some sealant goo and some clamps:
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I need to make some support brackets for this before it breaks. It's pretty solid now, but for how long?

The Weatherstrip Seal Carriers on both sides were cut short, because I didn't know what the top end was going to look like. The WSCs are the long curved alu parts the weatherstrip clamps onto. Now that the top end is decided, I needed to fill in the gap. CNCed two filler pieces and mounted them up:
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In yet another minor fail, I put the back mounting hole where I can't get to it. I'm just going to drill a hole where it's accessable and add the second screw there. Not as strong as originally planned, but OK.

Now it looks like this:
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Notice the tool clutter returned. At least there aren't as many tools in the cabin now. :roll:

Tomorrow is Registration Day (three). I get to make an appointment with Inspector X. I'll check in with that tale.

The clock keeps ticking. :beer:
I'll burn that bridge when I come to it.

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Re: CNC Build -- Reg day 3 & 4 It's legal (for LCG)

Postby capnTelescope » Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:58 pm

Registration Day(three)
Called Investigator X, got the voice mail, left my name & number. Didn't return my call. :o :shock:

Registration Day (four)
Went back to the Assessor's office. Asked for a one-trip permit. My new best friend, S, asked if I wanted a 30 day permit for the low, low price of $25 cash. Yes! :P I'm legal for LCG IX! :chicken:
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Came to a bridge, burned it, toasted marshmallows. :campfire: :beer:
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Re: CNC Build -- Reg day 3 & 4 It's legal (for LCG)

Postby Sheddie » Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:01 am

Good news Brad. Have a good trip and don't forget to tell us all about it. :pictures:
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Re: CNC Build -- Maiden voyage to LCG IX

Postby capnTelescope » Sun Oct 26, 2014 10:30 pm

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There it is, in all it's glory. First campsite, first time slept in, just about any other "first" you can think of.

Things went pretty smoothly. The biggest annoyance was a short circuit that left the porch lights on almost the entire drive up there. I pulled fuses when I got there, and fixed what I thought was 2 wires touching at one of the wall switches the next day. Everything behaved when I put the fuses back in. The biggest nail-biter was that I didn't have my license plate light hooked up. I thought I was going to get there before dark, but nooooo. Google maps way underestimated the drive time. So I was driving in the dark with an unlit paper plate. No one seemed to care enough to say something, though.

My first night in the Tear, I discovered a major ergonomic mistake. I can't reach the light switch while laying in bed. It's not that it's too high. It is on the wrong side of the door, so I have to sit up to reach the switch. There is no fix that doesn't include exposed wiring. I'm just going to have to live with it. I will remember this for the "Next Build." :fb

Everything else went smoothly up until time to go home. I hitched up and hooked up and ... you guessed it, the porch lights were on again. :x All switches off, both porch lights on. It's likely a grounding thing. The light's bases are internally grounded and contact the skin. This could get interesting. I think I can rewire the light circuits from switched ground to switched positive without major surgery. :NC

Things to add:
A porch light on the front would be nice, as the tongue is in total darkness even with the side lights on. Luckily, I had my trusty railroad lantern with me for a quick fix,
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but a serious light would help with hooking up in the dark. I can use the reading light circuit for this.

The door thresholds are not a wide flat, but rather are a thin vertical piece of metal that digs into the back side of my thighs. I think I'll add a board on the inside with the edge even height with the door threshold. Should reduce the digging in thing.

Oh! I almost forgot. The LCG IX gathering was great fun, and a good time was had by all. At least, no one got pissed off and left early. Read all about it in this thread. Plus bonus LCG pix on my photobucket.
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Re: CNC Build -- Reg day 3 & 4 It's legal (for LCG)

Postby KCStudly » Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:07 pm

Well look at you, all out there camping and having fun. :thumbsup: :applause: :applause: :applause:

I struggled with the decision to put the porch and dome light switches on the hinge side or latch side of my doors. On the latch side (away from the pillows) my thought is that you can open the door from outside and reach in more easily to turn the lights on, but you would have to sit up from the inside to use them. If they were on the hinge side you would have to open the door more and reaching in for the light would be slightly more effort. This is why in regular home construction light switches are typically on the opening side of a door. So I decided to do it this way on my build. My rationale was also based on the fact that the pillow/reading lights are within easy reach while laying down, so I will just need to get in the habit of turning the pillow light on and shutting the dome and porch lights off before laying down.

Thanks for the tip about lights in the tongue area. Never gave that a thought. Based on your experience, I think I will add a nice bright light on the under side of my tongue box lid. Since my electrical distribution will be located there, it will be an easy add, and the light can be used for both the TB and for night time hookups. :thumbsup: Maybe even have a micro switch to turn the light on with the lid opening.

All in all it sounds like you had a good trip!
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Re: CNC Build -- Maiden voyage to LCG IX

Postby tony.latham » Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:28 pm

Brad:

I'm glad to see her out in the trees.


Issues? Even the navy does shake-down cruises. Generally more than one.

"The door thresholds are not a wide flat, but rather are a thin vertical piece of metal that digs into the back side of my thighs." How thick is your mattress? Doesn't it sit up high enough to alleviate that problem?

The high here tomorrow is supposed to be 45º. Time to long-jon up and take the steelhead rod for a swing. I think the cover is going on the teardrop soon. Enjoy your camping weather down there.

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Re: CNC Build -- Maiden voyage to LCG IX

Postby capnTelescope » Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:41 pm

KCStudly wrote:Well look at you, all out there camping and having fun.

Thank you! It was a welcome break from the hectic-ness of the last minute preparations.

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tony.latham wrote:I'm glad to see her out in the trees.

And thank you! You and me both, Bro.

KCStudly wrote:I struggled with the decision ...


I used the exact same rationale, and just hated it the first time I wanted to turn on a light in the dark. :( It's a small door, and easy to open all the way from the outside, so... . Next time, I'll do it the other way. You pays your money and you takes your choice.

tony.latham wrote:How thick is your mattress? ...

I'm going the memory foam route. It squishes when you sit/lay/stand on it.

Thanks for stopping by! :beer:
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Re: CNC Build -- Maiden voyage to LCG IX

Postby Sheddie » Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:29 am

Hi Brad,
Good to see you had a mostly trouble free maiden voyage and that the issues you did find were all minor. :thumbsup:
How did it tow? I bet the Toyota didn't even know it was there.
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Re: CNC Build -- Maiden voyage to LCG IX

Postby Martiangod » Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:48 am

Always feels good to get it out in the trees to see what it really looks like.
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Re: CNC Build -- Maiden voyage to LCG IX

Postby bc toys » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:38 am

Glad you got down there to LCG it was one of my favorite gatherings hope to come to it again some day thanks for sharing your pics they are great it was nice seeing some of the people that I befriended while down there :thumbsup:
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Re: CNC Build -- Maiden voyage to LCG IX

Postby capnTelescope » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:50 am

Sheddie wrote:How did it tow?

Well, the Taco definitely knew it was back there. Gas mileage dropped from the usual 18 down to 15 MPG (approx 6.4 km/L ?). Sustainable speed was another issue. The Taco seemed pretty happy at 65 mph, but trying to do 70 or 75 mph resulted in many more instances of downshifting on the "hills" of East Texas. When I say "hill," I'm talking roughly the same slope as a freeway overpass. OTOH, the trailer followed obediently, and didn't shake or push the truck. I expect that once I get the A/C and propane bottle in the tongue box, it'll behave even better. Stopping distances were also longer, but not dangerously so. Gotta get the brakes hooked up!

I also noticed that the trailer suspension was plenty stiff. There was plenty of evidence that the trailer contents were well shaken, not stirred. I shouldn't have let the guy talk me into the 3500# axle over the 2000# one. Oh well. Maybe it'll loosen up with som mileage.

Overall, it was about what I expected, and I'm not complaining. I didn't expect perfection. :thumbsup:

Martiangod wrote:...|Bravo

Thank you Chris. It was a really good feeling to take the Tear out on the road and actually sleep in it. :D
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Re: CNC Build -- Maiden voyage to LCG IX

Postby capnTelescope » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:57 am

bc toys wrote:Glad you got down there to LCG

Meee too! :D It was good fun, good people, good eats and good drinks. This was my first gathering, but definitely not my last. There was plenty of room for one more. The campground was about 2/3 full.
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Re: CNC Build -- Maiden voyage to LCG IX

Postby Kharn » Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:27 pm

You could use a 12v remote like Zach did on his X-III: Build thread
For lighting around the campsite outside the area of the porch lights, we use these drop lights.
The cords are 20' and they're really bright, we didn't even set up the propane lantern on our camping trip.
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Re: CNC Build -- Maiden voyage to LCG IX

Postby S. Heisley » Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:56 pm

:thumbsup: Congratulations! You were smart to take your maiden voyage as soon as you could. It allows you to find things that you might want to adjust now, before everything is completely done and sealed up. I think Zach (absolutsnwbrdr) used a remote control light in one of his builds. This is what I could find; but, with this information, you could contact him, if you're interested. search.php?keywords=remote&t=58625&sf=msgonly

You must've been the first one in camp. In the picture, I don't see anybody around your trailer, which is unusual. First trip, first sleep-in, first camping, first meals in galley.... What a treat, to have so many "firsts"!
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Re: CNC Build -- Maiden voyage to LCG IX

Postby capnTelescope » Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:51 pm

Kharn and Sharon wrote:You could use a 12v remote like Zach did on his X-III

:thumbsup: Coming soon.

Kharn wrote:we use these drop lights...

Oooo! I like. Also good for after dark car repair, etc. :thumbsup:

S. Heisley wrote:Congratulations!

Thank you, Sharon. We hadn't heard from you here, yet. Welcome. I was afraid all the "boy talk" about CNC & stuff had scared you away.

S. Heisley wrote:You must've been the first one in camp. In the picture, I don't see anybody around your trailer, which is unusual.

First one Friday morning. :SH When I was giving tours, I was too occupied to take pix. :D

Someone at LCG asked me about my Yeti cooler. It was another in a long list of firsts, so I didn't know. As of this morning (Tuesday), there was still ice and ice cold beer in the cooler. Breakfast of Champions! :beer:

Yeti gets the capnTelescope Seal of Approval. :thumbsup:

All in all, the shakedown trip was a big success, meeting Teardroppers, finding bugs and seeing other Tears.
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