6 X 10 (V-nose) build

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6 X 10 (V-nose) build

Postby Modstock » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:03 pm

Today I put a deposit down to get our trailer built.

Still have one thing to work out with the double barn doors. The cam lock is on the right side, that door overlaps the left. If they put the RV latch on the right door like I wanted , the cam bar would block that making the latch useless.
Hopefully they'll be able to put the cam lock on the left side. They will call me Monday.
Also test-towed a 6x12 flat nose. Had a hard time getting to 65mph . Jeep needs a tuneup.

Here's a re-cap of our story. We had a teardrop trailer since 2012 . Recently sold it to make way for something we could stand in and cook in extreme weather.
I love winter camping.

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Re: 6 X 10 (V-nose) build

Postby hankaye » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:27 pm

Modstock, Howdy;

On my CT I have a cargo door latch on the front man door. It lays across the middle
of the Man door latch. Why ???? Well it keeps folks from opening the Man Door and
getting in when I don't want them to. Now when I wish to only use the door for access
say, at a campground I would secure the cargo latch out of the way and so that someone
couldn't lock me in by being a "Nice Guy" and locking the latch while I'm inside, perhaps
napping.
Some folks have used and additional securing mechanism some drill a hole and use an eye-bolt
and both use a padlock to keep it there.

Something to consider, toss it around see which side shows up on top the most ...

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Re: 6 X 10 (V-nose) build

Postby Rainier70 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:59 am

I am not sure that I am following what you mean on the latch for your barndoors, but as I see it the latch needs to be on the overlapping door in order to function properly. Otherwise it would not be able to open when the other door is locked in place.

What I did with my barndoors is that I put internal slide latches on the top and bottom of the barndoor that is overlapped to lock it in place.
Then I put a gate latch on the inside of the overlapping door. That way I can undo the cam lock on the outside and have the doors locked or openable from the inside.

I would think that it would work about the same if you we using a RV latch on the overlapping door.

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Re: 6 X 10 (V-nose) build

Postby Modstock » Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:51 am

I guess I'll have to keep the actual bar on the overlapping door and have them install the RV latch (both on right door).
Then I can put slide locks inside the left door.

This is the best pic of the rear doors cam bar.

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Re: 6 X 10 (V-nose) build

Postby McDave » Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:43 am

It is probably not the weight that is keeping the Jeep from reaching it normal cruising speed. That looks a lot like my set up only my TV is a 3/4 ton van. It is like a shoe box pulling a parachute aerodynamically speaking. Your rig isn't a whole lot sexier in that respect. There may not be a lot you can do about that. Possibly a deflector or a wing on the TV to get the air over the trailer like you would see on semi tractors. But mostly you just have to grin and bear it. Sorry about that. C'est laVie say the old folks...

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Re: 6 X 10 (V-nose) build

Postby onehoser » Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:42 am

Modstock wrote:I guess I'll have to keep the actual bar on the overlapping door and have them install the RV latch (both on right door).
Then I can put slide locks inside the left door.

This is the best pic of the rear doors cam bar.

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i also plan on installing slide bolts on the left cargo door but only installing latch on the inside of the right door, mostly as a second 'escape' door. i had an rv latch (aka flat latch) installed from the factory on the mandoor because it's quite a work intensive project that could easily turn into a nightmare as i learned with my 5x8 conversion, lol
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Re: 6 X 10 (V-nose) build

Postby Modstock » Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:37 pm

I'll probably do some things to help aero on the jeep. Remove the awning from the side and make a slightly bigger wind deflector with more angle at the front of the roof rack. Maybe even a deflector at the rear too.
Took some temps on my factory muffler. It was hotter than the cat . So a new hi-flo muffler is ordered.

My boss gave me these "slam-locks" for the left door. Our main entry will be through the rear and the man door will be an emergency exit.
My floor plan is the opposite of what others have done.
Now our bulldog gets a spot of his own and can go on every camping trip.ImageImage

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Re: 6 X 10 (V-nose) build

Postby Modstock » Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:16 am

Talked to the factory yesterday and sounds like they'll be able to do the things I asked for.
Im so excited. Probably order my windows today.

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Re: 6 X 10 (V-nose) build

Postby Modstock » Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:35 pm

I couldn't wait and ordered a low profile metal lid for the roof vent.
This should knock off 2" on the overall height.
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Re: 6 X 10 (V-nose) build

Postby Modstock » Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:06 pm

I received a call today. Trailer is done.
Going to pick it up tomorrow morning.


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Re: 6 X 10 (V-nose) build

Postby Modstock » Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:11 pm

Quoting Johnny cash.
"I picked it up at the factory , it's cheaper that way".

Drove down to Springville to get the new trailer. It's a shorter drive .

Im so excited. Not sure if I'll sleep tonight.
Turned out great with the RV latches.

Tows real smooth and cuts through the wind way better than that flat nose I tested.
65-70 was possible.
Still need to get the nose down a bit more .
Im sure that'll help some.



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Re: 6 X 10 (V-nose) build

Postby Modstock » Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:07 am

When I hooked up I realized the wiring adapter I got was wrong.
Went down the street to the flying J but they didn't have anything. LOOK recommend AAA trailers also down the street.
After trying a few things, we finally found an adapter to get the brake lights and turn signals working. Couldn't get the park lights to work but no biggie , it's daytime.

Turns out , the adapter is just what I needed for a 4-flat to 7 plug with wire's to tie in a brake controller.

When backing in the trailer at home I had my lights on and suddenly the trailer lights turned on.
I think it was grounding through the vehicle. I need to hook up the ground on the adapter (trailer end) I think that should fix it.ImageImageImage

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Re: 6 X 10 (V-nose) build

Postby McDave » Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:03 am

WooHoo! :thumbsup:
Let the games begin. Nice little rig, Modstock.
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Re: 6 X 10 (V-nose) build

Postby Modstock » Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:30 pm

Thanks.
Hopefully this weekend I'll swap out the roof vent lid , so I can put it in the shop and pick up a brake controller.

My boss loaned me some drop hitches to see what works.
According to the e-trailer measurements, I need a 9" drop. Seems like alot.





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Re: 6 X 10 (V-nose) build

Postby Modstock » Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:48 pm

Started to do the roof vent. Pretty much ready to swap quickly but it's very windy today and I painted the new lid white.
While waiting for that .
Garage height looks like it'll work with the new lid.

Testing a 8" drop hitch , the trailer is perfectly level (unloaded).
I think I'll go up a inch for heavy loads.


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