Conestoga wrote:My main concern was not water getting in, but tension on the vinyl.. you're counting on those snaps and the health of the fabric to
keep it taut. It's going to give and stretch a little.
Cutting a hole introduces complexity to the way the weave lays...
Fabric will flog itself to death given the slightest chance.
So, for the sake of my admiration of this build,
whatever you did with the vent in the top,
make sure the fabric is super taut on all sides,
including the edges around the vent, because
once it starts getting whipped at 65mph... wheeeee
Sorry you've missed some of the party here! Its been fun, and its only going to get better!
I've had it down the highway a couple times, before the fan was installed, and the vinyl didnt seem to move around at all. I think the curve of the front probably creates enough pressure to just hold it there.
Now that I have the hole cut in the vinyl, and the fan installed it may be a different story. I was thinking that after I get the fan cover in place, I would use a snap on each corner of the fan to hold the cover down to the framing.
Also, when I cut the hole in the vinyl around the fan, I made sure to round off the corners so any stress might be dissipated on the cut radius instead of a squared corner cut.
down under tech wrote:Hey Zach: You have a nice RIG there. I like your curtains your mom made up for you. Aren't moms GREAT? I am using LEDs in my TD, also. I am using the ones that go into the regular 12V fixtures. They have 84 LEDs in a radial pattern so they will light up in all directions. All will be LEDs except galley light is florescent. All of my road lights are LEDs as well. It would take me some time to get used to the vinyl top. But, I don't have to sleep in it, you do and that is what matters. Your TD looks very nice.
You used your imagination to come up with a very unique TD. I bet you don't see to many like yours. Now get out there and CAMP !!!
Thanks! Ya gotta love Moms! The LED pods that I have in the ceiling dont put out a lot of light but it'd be enough to play a game of cards. Also, the white "ceiling" doesnt absorb the light, so its probably a bit brighter than having a wood ceiling.
I've never slept in a teardrop before, only tents. So the fabric above my head wont be a new concept to me. Now its just a heavier fabric, and my tent has hard sides that don't need set up
Ageless wrote:In ref. of the vinyl cover for the fan. If you can find a sealing system like is used on zip-lok bags; problem solved.
You might be on to something.... I don't know of anything that may mimic industrial sized zip lock. Off to Google!