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Another Puffin Inspired TTT (The Powder Puff)

Postby Michele » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:36 pm

I meant to start this build thread right when I started construction but I didn't get around to it so this post is going to be long.

I compete with my dogs in agility and flyball. So I need the ability to travel with them without the expense of hotels. I looked into buying a comercial RV and quickly realized that there was nothing availible that would suit all of my needs. Some how I stumble on this forum and saw Steve's Puffin. I think his camper is much cooler than anything you could buy so I decided to build my own.

Here are some sketches of the floor plan
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I started out with a 1979 Starcraft pop-up camper that I only paid $50 for. When I was done stripping it down, I took the aluminum to a scrap metal place and got $53 for it.
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Here's what it looked like once the demo was done. The frame is 6'3 by 10'7".
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I added some extra supports in the frame because I didn't want any type of subfloor in order to keep the over all height down.
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The floor is 1/2 ply screwed directly into the frame just like the original floor. There are 3 sections butt jointed together over the cross memebers of the frame. I put 3M Marine sealant in between the joints.
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I attached a 2X2 cleat along the floor. This is what will attach the walls to the floor. The walls will overhang the floor 4 inches to cover the frame.
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In order to get the maximum height and still fit in my garage, I made a cardboard wall and cut out the profile while the trailer was in the garage entrance.
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Then I laid the cardboard over 3 pieces of 5/8 ply and traced it on.
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The framing pieces on the sides are 1X2s. The pieces in the middle over the joints are 1X3s. The curved pieces are cut from the 5/8 ply.
After boths walls were done, I stood them up and sanded them until they matched each other.

That's it for now, next step is attaching the walls.
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Re: Another Puffin Inspired TTT (The Powder Puff)

Postby Nitetimes » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:50 pm

Michele wrote:I compete with my dogs in agility and flyball.


How do you do it?? I could never keep up with my dog, he's way too fast!! 8) :lol: :lol:






Sorry, hadda do it. :)
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Postby Miriam C. » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:47 pm

:shock: Michele did you leave room for the vent cover to go in the garageImage

I have to take mine off when real severe weather is threatening. I know it is a bit late but put your vent where you can get to it with a ladder. In the middle of the TTT won't do unless you are real tall.

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PS--it is a great design and you are doing wonderfully. :applause: :D
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Postby Mary K » Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:16 pm

:applause: :applause: :applause:

Very nice. I think you are doing a fantastic job. :thumbsup:

Your Powder Puff is going to be awesome. I am looking forward to watching your progress.

Please keep us updated with the :pictures:


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Postby peggyearlchris » Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:12 pm

Great job on the powder puff. Keep the saw dust flying. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :applause: Peg
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Postby 2bits » Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:43 am

Wow, good score on the frame! I hope vent is ok!
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Postby Michele » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:38 pm

Miriam wrote:
Michele did you leave room for the vent cover to go in the garage

No worries Miriam, I'm not putting a roof vent in my camper. :)
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Postby Miriam C. » Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:32 pm

Michele wrote:Miriam wrote:
Michele did you leave room for the vent cover to go in the garage

No worries Miriam, I'm not putting a roof vent in my camper. :)


8) :lol: Now, way back when I said that MadOne said: "Ya gotta have some place for all that hot air to go."

May I suggest some small, powered vents up high. ;)
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Postby Michele » Sat Feb 23, 2008 7:54 pm

I got my walls attached today. It wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I used 2 car jacks to lift them in to place. And two friends to keep the walls steady on the jacks while I screwed them on.

I didn't cut out the door because I was afraid of the wall being too flimsy to deal with. I will cut it out once the front wall is attached.

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Postby Miriam C. » Sat Feb 23, 2008 8:08 pm

:woohoo: :beautiful: :P :clapping hands:
Fantastic job Michele. It will go like mad now.

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Postby Michele » Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:08 am

Back wall is on
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And vinyl floor is done
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Postby 2old2tent » Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:01 am

That is looking great Michele. Keep it going.

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Postby Michele » Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:10 pm

After drawing it in Google Sketch Up, I think I have decided on how I want to paint my camper. Shastas are my favorite vintage trailer and that is what I had my heart set on buying before I realized that it would not fit in my garage. So I'm pretty sure I'm going with the classic Shasta Z paint job.

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Postby Mary K » Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:23 pm

That is COOL!!! Way COOL!!! :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

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Postby Miriam C. » Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:15 pm

:applause: :thumbsup: I love the concept even if pink isn't my favorite color. :)

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