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Old 01-20-2015, 08:19 PM   #71
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Panel is in. Using the old panel as a pattern was a good idea as the rivet holes lined right up. I still have to finish fit the door for fridge access, but with a little work, the rivet holes will line up there as well.
We are going to fight the door a bit as the rod has to go in just so, washers have to be in the right place, stars have to align, etc. The 1" long, 3/16" rivets have to be trimmed to about 7/8" and the heads have to be turned down for the top and bottom rivets on the hinge mount. The set for the other rivets works on the larger ones, but it leaves an odd pattern on the head of the rivet. Matches what was there, however.
I'll try to post pictures when I get the door hung and the access panel mounted. Maybe some pics of the insulation, too.
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Old 01-21-2015, 05:07 PM   #72
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Curb Side

As promised, here are some photos. First is the new curb side, then a hinge shot, then insulation (just for fun). The side went well and is obviously not finished as the bottom still needs to be wrapped underneath.
Why the hinge? Just to underline the fact that it needs to be put back together EXACTLY as it was. A little time was spent finding out that the essential roll pin hole was drilled on a slight angle and didn't go through the center of the hinge pin. It doesn't go back together until the original configuration is duplicated. Other than that, the door removal/reinstall was easy.
Just thought I would show a little progress on the insulation front.
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Old 01-23-2015, 05:45 PM   #73
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Looks real good! Weather still has me on hold rain rain and more rain!
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:15 PM   #74
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We got this put together just before the snow hit us. I was lucky to have a couple of days without wind or freezing weather. As the snow melted today, I was happy to see everything melted except those areas I had already insulated. Made me think the reflectix isn't a bad choice.
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Old 01-28-2015, 03:23 PM   #75
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Fender Edge

Curb side fender edge turned out well. Here is a pic of the result. I am holding the edge on with screws until I get around to riveting it.
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:37 PM   #76
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The Joy of Taping

Here are couple of pics of the insulation, now about done except for some more taping onto the framework.
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Last is a shot of the street side where I want to put the water, electrical, and cable ports. The electrical panel is to be in this area. I bought one of the Intellipower 12V & 120V distribution panels so all the electrical comes from one point rather than the original three separate points.
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I found there is only room enough between the wheel house and the ABS cover to put a layer of reflectix or a compressed layer of fiberglass. Next step is the wiring and the floor covering.
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Old 02-12-2015, 12:26 PM   #77
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Looks great! This may be a rudimentary question, but what type of tape are you using to attach the Reflectix to the skin?
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Old 02-12-2015, 05:37 PM   #78
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Reflectix makes an aluminum tape that has an acrylic glue that sticks well to the Reflectix and to aluminum in the frame.
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Was Reflectix chosen for ease of install, or?
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Reflectix is available locally and, viewing the size of the task, subject to buying what is needed with little excess. As for ease of application, compared to putting in batts of fiberglass, it is a PITA. All seams have to be taped and the Reflectix has to be taped to the frame as well to minimize air flow between the wall and the Reflectix. Pieces of 3/4" foam have to be glued onto the wall to serve as spacers to form that dead air space, and odd shape pieces have to be cut on the caps front and rear. In addition, there are few, if any, right angles in the framework of the trailer. Fiberglass would have been easier and quicker, but this was worth a try.

I decided to try it because it seems to insulate at least as well as fiberglass, doesn't hold water, and (probably) won't keep the smell of varmints should they come visit. I was heartened to see snow stay on the parts I had finished while the sun melted the snow on the other side.
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Furnace Thoughts

Since the furnace in the Caravel was junk, replacement is necessary. I'm thinking about using a Propex furnace as a replacement rather than going catalytic. Anyone have any experience with these? They are small and put out 9700btu, so the Caravel is about the largest AS these would heat.
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Interior walls are all in, pics soon. Electrical circuits all check out (good thing to check before the walls are in!) and it's on to propane and plumbing rough in. Floor covering and interior cabinets coming up.
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:38 AM   #83
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Walls

Here are some pictures of the walls. First is where it started.
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That's great progress!
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