Monte's Ramblin' Rose 4' x 8' teardrop build

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Re: Monte's Ramblin' Rose 4' x 8' teardrop build

Postby MonteQuest » Sun May 19, 2024 2:07 pm

The weather has finally warmed up enough to do the contact cement work and attach the Filon. Here I have installed the Filon on the galley hatch over the FRP panel. The 1/16" FRP panel provides plenty of support for the Filon. It's much easier to work with and bend than plywood. I had to buy 20' of 8' 6" wide Filon to cover my teardrop. The cost was $571.00. When it came, it had a scratch in the gel coat across the entire width. Luckily, I was able to do my layout around the scratch. RecPro refunded me $125.00 on my cost.
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Re: Monte's Ramblin' Rose 4' x 8' teardrop build

Postby MonteQuest » Mon May 20, 2024 8:29 pm

I installed the tail lights, lighted license plate, and hurricane hinge. Next comes the side panels. I believe it will be a 3-man job. The margin for error is zero with contact cement.
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Re: Monte's Ramblin' Rose 4' x 8' teardrop build

Postby steve cowan » Tue May 21, 2024 8:29 am

MonteQuest wrote:I installed the tail lights, lighted license plate, and hurricane hinge. Next comes the side panels. I believe it will be a 3-man job. The margin for error is zero with contact cement.
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Nice "clean" look.
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Re: Monte's Ramblin' Rose 4' x 8' teardrop build

Postby MonteQuest » Sat Jun 08, 2024 10:12 pm

Filon has been installed on the sides and top, along with the fenders, running lights, air vents, portholes, sky lite, roof vent, porch light, AC inlet, 12v outlet, and edge trim. Total weight is now 772 lbs. Tongue weight: 90 lbs. Cost to date $4337.02.
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Filon was installed over 1/2" Baltic Birch on the sides, and 1/16" FRP on the top and galley. I used 3M 1357 contact cement. Took 1 gallon. The top was installed over the side panels, making a tight seam.
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Re: Monte's Ramblin' Rose 4' x 8' teardrop build

Postby MonteQuest » Thu Jun 13, 2024 7:23 pm

The door was made by sandwiching 1/2" rigid insulation between 1/2" and 1/4" Baltic Birch. I used 4" wide solid wood on the sides and 2" on the top and bottom. Skinned with 1/16" Filon. I used aluminum countertop edging for the trim on the door inside and out (waiting for a shipment to finish the door trim). I used 1/2" x 1" L aluminum for the body inside trim that the seal fits over in one piece. I saw kerfed the top piece every 6" to easily follow the curve. The door weighs 24 lbs. Total weight to date: 797 lbs. Total cost: $4,532.14
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Re: Monte's Ramblin' Rose 4' x 8' teardrop build

Postby MonteQuest » Tue Jun 18, 2024 5:43 pm

I added the diamond plate gravel guard and welded in a mount for my spare tire. I had waited to see what my tongue weight was going to be. Adding the spare will put me in the ballpark of 10 to 15% of the tow weight estimated to be about 900 lbs with fridge, mattress, stove, etc.
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Re: Monte's Ramblin' Rose 4' x 8' teardrop build

Postby MonteQuest » Wed Jun 19, 2024 8:34 pm

To seal my galley hatch, I used ½” x ½” x 1/16” aluminum L-metal saw kerfed every 2” to allow me to bend it to the curve. The seal fits over the L in one piece. I used 1 ½” x 1/16” flat aluminum stock screwed to the hatch to contact the rubber tube seal. I used two latches at the galley hatch bottom to pull the hatch tight down against the seals.

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Re: Monte's Ramblin' Rose 4' x 8' teardrop build

Postby steve cowan » Thu Jun 20, 2024 8:48 am

MonteQuest wrote:I added the diamond plate gravel guard and welded in a mount for my spare tire. I had waited to see what my tongue weight was going to be. Adding the spare will put me in the ballpark of 10 to 15% of the tow weight.
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Have lost a couple of those tire covers mounted on front even though they were on tight.Good luck. :cry:
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Re: Monte's Ramblin' Rose 4' x 8' teardrop build

Postby MonteQuest » Thu Jun 20, 2024 2:27 pm

steve cowan wrote:Have lost a couple of those tire covers mounted on front even though they were on tight.Good luck. :cry:


This one fits quite snuggly, but thanks for the warning. :)
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