It's Ended, RIP. Update 11/13/12

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It's Ended, RIP. Update 11/13/12

Postby Catherine+twins » Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:49 pm

I put together the HF trailer in March, and bought 5 sheets of 1/2 inch plywood in preparation for starting the rest of the build. But then the Foamy topic really started heating up, and I spent too much time reading to do any building of my own.

I need a light build, but I want something for two growing kids and me. I had already decided on bunks, so I needed some extra height for the upper berth. The teardrop plan became a standy, and heavier. So the more I read about building with foam, the better it sounded.

The plywood I already bought is being put to use as the floor, so far. I don't have a garage, and we have been having a WINDY spring that has made working in my parking pad nearly impossible, so we moved into my step-dad's garage while he was out of town. The trailer itself is my work surface, so you'll see the original 3/4 ply deck under the floor. That deck will be removed, probably this weekend. My step-dad gets home tomorrow, so we moved everything back to my house. I thought it was all tied down well, but I got home from work today and found my roof foam blown all over the yard. I can cut around the dinged edges, fortunately.


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Here Patsy is working on the wheel well. I'm doing a single layer of ply for the floor, the wood is for structural support since the sides overhang by 8 inches. And the wood will also be the base for the side benches--2x4s on the floor, but 1x2s and more of my 1/2 ply for the benches/bed.


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Ricky would rather be the foreman than a laborer, but he helped us flip the floor (twice now, in fact) and screwed and glued when threatened with being exiled to our old tent if he didn't! ;)


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Me too.


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Here's a blurry iPod picture of the profile. I have taken better pictures with the iPod, so I think the gathering dusk affected the focus. It looks BIG. I'm thinking I can take the front down half a foot and still have room for the sleeper's feet in the bunk. The back is just over 6 feet high, planning for 6 foot campers (like dear son in a few years).

Since I am now working outside again, I probably won't get anything else done until Sunday. The wind is supposed to go down by Saturday, but of course I will be at my paying job that day. :cry:

Catherine
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"Oh, let's just stay here and sing camp songs for a while." 1966, My mom in Isle Royale, MN, in a women's bath house with a momma bear and two cubs outside the door, and three tired kids trapped inside
"Dad! Dad! There's a bear outside!" 1967, Lolo Hot Springs, MT, in a tent-top trailer
"Oh, no, there it goes!!" Nov 10, 2012 as Penguino I blew over in high winds
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Postby eaglesdare » Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:05 am

congrats to you and the twins! looking forward to the pics on this build. its also nice to see the kids helping out. lots of memories there. :applause:
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Postby GPW » Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:08 am

Cat+ , looks good to me !!! I'm building mine outside too ..it has it's difficulties... :roll:
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Postby Catherine+twins » Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:43 pm

:cry: I got an extra day at home this weekend to work on the trailer, but instead we are going to spend the day with my children's grandpa. A forest fire has broken out, the air is full of smoke and ashes, and we would rather be inside Peter's air-conditioned house a bit further from the front lines. I took a picture with my daughter's iPod, but goofed somehow and ended up with a MOV file that I can't upload to my album here. If we ever get another interesting picture opportunity, I'll try again.

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Build Thread Penguino II: viewtopic.php?f=55&t=54919
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"Dad! Dad! There's a bear outside!" 1967, Lolo Hot Springs, MT, in a tent-top trailer
"Oh, no, there it goes!!" Nov 10, 2012 as Penguino I blew over in high winds
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Postby eaglesdare » Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:40 pm

stay safe. get to those pics when you can.
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Postby canned o minimum » Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:02 pm

How wonderful to have the kids IN on the build !! These are memories that will last a LIFETIME !! How many of THEIR friends will be able to say that "they" helped to build a CAMPER...

Let the sawdust FLY !
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Postby Catherine+twins » Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:02 am

Well, we evacuated. I'm sending this from my iPod at a hotel 50 miles from home.

Too bad I wasn't farther along with the camper build. I could have used an escape pod. Of course, the good camping sites are all burning right now, and I saw bunches of expensive RVs evacuating with us yesterday pulling into a casino RV park that was wall to wall RVs, no trees, and they were pAying for the spots. At least the hotel has a pool.
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"Dad! Dad! There's a bear outside!" 1967, Lolo Hot Springs, MT, in a tent-top trailer
"Oh, no, there it goes!!" Nov 10, 2012 as Penguino I blew over in high winds
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Postby mikeschn » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:55 pm

I'll need to add forest fires to my bugout page!

Check in every now and then, let us know you're okay! ;)

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Postby GPW » Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:12 am

Lots of good reasons to have a Bug Out trailer and a PLAN !!! :thumbsup:

Here, Hurricane season is well underway , and looks like we have a little action developing already .... The wife has had her "Bug Out luggage" packed since June 1... ;) We've been through this many many times before .... grrrrr!!!
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Postby eaglesdare » Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:48 am

if you ever have to "bug-out" gpw, just keep on bugging all the way up here. i will reserve a spot in the back yard. just be prepared to work on a foamie to keep you busy. 8)
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Postby GPW » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:41 am

OK, Thanks !!! Gosh , with help we could start a Foamie factory ... Couple days and there'd be Foamies everywhere... :o We have relatives in NJ , but that's a good ride from NOLA...

Think Hubby and I can find something to do with the 500 lbs. of Beer ... ??? :lol:
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Postby squatch » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:01 am

GPW wrote:OK, Thanks !!! Gosh , with help we could start a Foamie factory ... Couple days and there'd be Foamies everywhere... :o We have relatives in NJ , but that's a good ride from NOLA...

Think Hubby and I can find something to do with the 500 lbs. of Beer ... ??? :lol:


500lbs is a lot of cans or bottles. I think on your next Foamie you need to build a double floor out of foam with a drain in the bottom and hatches on top. Fill the floor with ice and brewskis and then all the ballast is down low.
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Postby GPW » Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:01 am

Squatch , Great idea !!! might as well keep the "ballast " as low as possible ... Guess every time I have a beer , just toss a rock in there to make up for it ... :lol: Problem is , can't find a rock around here... all Mud .... might just have to buy more Beer for the return trip ... :o I can see myself explaining it to the Sheriff ... " It's just there for ballast to keep my trailer from blowing off the road" ... yeah right !!!! :oops: :roll:
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Postby tinksdad » Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:12 am

You may need the 500 lbs of beer just while you are sitting in traffic on I-10 until the powers that be decide to initiate contra-flow. It might be gone before you make it to 55 (not sure what the inland route is on the east side).
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Postby GPW » Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:16 am

Why heck Dad, last time it only took us 14 hours to get to Meridian ... :o This time we're leaving EARLY ... ;)
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