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Re: #4

Postby twisted lines » Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:57 pm

Enjoying your build more then mine :applause:

The sale is back on for the solar panel by the way! I liked the next size up but can't afford batteries for it.
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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:37 pm

The sale is back on for the solar panel by the way!


Amazon's prices are a funny thing. I don't know if it's driven by inventory or some other factor. I've got eyes on several products through the CamelCamelCamel website. Waiting for a deal. I certainly wasn't in need for that panel but $30 is $30.

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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:44 pm

I managed to get the first wall attached.



I had a little sag in the floor that I missed when I did the dry test fit. Thus the clamps. That'll not happen on the next wall.

Our fourteen-year-old pup was a huge help.

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Re: #4

Postby Louisd75 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:30 am

Making good progress! I just used up the last of the funds from selling the Propex to buy the 100watt kit (panel, cables, controller) direct from Renogy. They've got a sale on at the moment that's cheaper than the 'zon. Should be there by the end of our trip :thumbsup:

Are you going to be camping in #4 by the end of this season?
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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:40 am

Are you going to be camping in #4 by the end of this season?


Absolutely. But today I'll be sitting in the shop watching poly dry after I dry-fit the bulkheads.

I was going to mount my Renogy PMW controller on the bulkhead facing the galley so I could keep an eye on production. But I got the $38 Bluetooth module and can access the information from my phone now. So I'll bury it below the countertop.

That's Plan B. :thinking:

I was planning on a master disconnect switch but If I shut the battery off while the panel is producing, Renogy says it'll damage the controller. I'll still mount a 20-watt panel on my tongue box but I'll kick that can down the road for now.

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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:44 pm

Bulkhead Day.



Steph will be home tonight and hopefully, we can at least dry-fit the other wall. I need to get my butt to the lumberyard and order some poplar for ribs.

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Re: #4

Postby Tom&Shelly » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:23 pm

tony.latham wrote:Steph will be home tonight and hopefully, we can at least dry-fit the other wall. I need to get my butt to the lumberyard and order some poplar for ribs.

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Bet you'll be ahead of us by next weekend Tony! :thumbsup:

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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:48 pm

Bet you'll be ahead of us by next weekend Tony! :thumbsup:


Nope, I don't see that happening. So the bet is on.

I walked into the lumberyard this afternoon and asked the manager if he could order poplar. A quck phone call and the question was, "how much?" Then we got into the weeds of trying to figure out how many boards I would need.

They'll be five 1 x 7 1/2" x 10' here tomorrow night. Nothing like the personal service of a small-town lumberyard.

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And here's the action shot from this evening:



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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:06 pm

Nothing sexy enough for a time-lapse. I managed to get the galley spar on and dry fitted the countertop that extends into the cabin to act as the lower shelf.

But I did monkey with the galley layout.

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The battery will fit behind the jug and the stove above it. The Propex heater fits behind the cooler nice and tidy.

Here's the grand plan:

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It'll work. :thumbsup:

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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:32 pm

Countertop brackets. I built and installed them while watching poly dry on the shelves.

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I think it's important to tie the galley portion of the walls together with the countertop. My old Hunter teardrop had issues with this.

In the past, I've glued and screwed a block of wood to the walls and then did the same with the countertop. On this build, I decided to save space using aluminum angle for the stove and drawer that blocks would interfere with.

The countertop will be bolted to these brackets with 5 #10 machine screws. I'll also put in a few pocket holes on the bottom of this piece where it extends into the cabin to form a shelf.

Strength is good. :FNP

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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:03 pm

Countertop installation and dry-fitting the upper shelf.



Easy-peasy.

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Re: #4

Postby KTM_Guy » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:05 pm

Looking good. I've taken some time off with the tear to just use it and figure out what we need to finish. I'll be back at it again with a few changes. one will be switching the Timbren to 3500# from the 2000#. Another problem We have been having trouble with the Jeep throwing an engine code pulling in the mountains, so far new cam and lifters. The second trip back was a left side head, the third time back was a computer update. Can't wait to go back up to the mountains to see if it's fixed. We are staying home this weekend. To many amateurs out this weekend.

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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:12 pm

KTM_Guy wrote:Looking good. I've taken some time off with the tear to just use it and figure out what we need to finish. I'll be back at it again with a few changes. one will be switching the Timbren to 3500# from the 2000#. Another problem We have been having trouble with the Jeep throwing an engine code pulling in the mountains, so far new cam and lifters. The second trip back was a left side head, the third time back was a computer update. Can't wait to go back up to the mountains to see if it's fixed. We are staying home this weekend. To many amateurs out this weekend.

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Good grief on the Jeep.

And I agree on avoiding the hills right now. I was thinking about your build today while I was bolting the countertop to the walls ––the way you set that threaded rod all the way through under the countertop. Strength is good. :thumbsup:

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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:25 pm

Headboard slider rails today. I made these from left-over oak from the hatch spar fabrication.

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Here's what they look like from my Sketchup file (winter weather is good for something):

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Obviously, the top rail grooves need to be at least twice as deep as the bottom rails.

Rockler sells 5' length of this stuff but I found them fairly easy to mill out on the table saw. :thumbsup:

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Re: #4

Postby tony.latham » Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:31 pm

Glassed the doors. Set the upper bulkhead and the top shelf.

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Going to crank on some electrical junk this afternoon.

I'm going to have to face up to the fact that I need to glue up the headliner and varnish about a million square feet of its surface soon.

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