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Old 03-31-2007, 10:03 PM   #197
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I’ve installed the drains and vents for the vessel sink and the black tank. I provided an extra vent for the gray tank by connecting the sink drain to the black vent stack, up near the ceiling.

Phil is cutting cabinet liners from .040 white aluminum sheeting. These will hide the plumbing infrastructure.



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Old 04-02-2007, 12:24 AM   #198
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coming along!

Sergei - I'm thinking that the final assembly will go pretty quickly once the rear plumbing/electrical is in, is that correct? The cabinets should line up and mount fairly quickly - no? Of course, I'm hungry to see more!
Looks so clean!

My wife is starting to get tired of the ol Dodge Van... I have visions of a Dodge Magnum as a tow vehicle... sometimes I dream of taking a trip to Can Am to see what they do...

Then I think of your van/truck... can't wait to see the whole thing together!
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Old 04-02-2007, 09:04 AM   #199
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Marc,

Yes, it may go faster now. At least I see more visible signs of daily progress.

DavidsonOverlander is finishing up the gauchos, storage drawers and fold out table now too.

The very cool Blue Sea AC power distribution panel is here too. Detail here:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...0-3.htmlSergei

Lots to do still but it’s starting to move. Thanks for giving me this thought early on a Monday morning!


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Old 04-04-2007, 03:45 PM   #200
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The Wiltsie shop quickly made a neat 10” x 4” x 3 “ deep box to house the Blue Sea distribution panel but now I find my local electrician is tied up for 2 weeks.

If we can’t find anyone else we have lots of other work to busy ourselves with.

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Old 04-05-2007, 03:33 PM   #201
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The Ultra-Fab 3500 electric jack is here.

Marc, others:

The footplate is adjustable up to 6” in 1-1/2” increments. The 5” plate does not swivel.

This is not the only difference with Barker. Ultra Fab is made in China.

I should have guessed that when I saw a line of Barkers on a trailer lot, all bearing the Proudly Made in the USA sticker. Were I an American I might have been swifter.

We intend to install this tomorrow.


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Old 04-08-2007, 06:13 PM   #202
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Another close shave with fire

Yesterday, I deliberately turned the 240 v heater in the work tent on when I went to town for shopping, wanting to warm the space for some painting I would do when I got back.

The place was filled with acrid smoke when I returned. Probably run-off from snow had penetrated the floor and shorted the receptacle and plug. They’d melted but the breaker didn’t trip and the fan was still running.

I won’t leave the property with the heater on again. As when the neighbor’s house burned down (post #166), this also was too close for comfort.


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Wow Sergei, that's a close one...

Thank Goodness all is well!

Be carefull

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Old 04-08-2007, 09:09 PM   #204
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The Ultra Fab Electric Jack has been mounted and the tongue and accessories painted with two coats of Tremclad black.

Now, we permanently re-mount the LG A/C compressor and the diesel heating plant.

Inside, we begin installing the Blue Sea AC electric distribution panel.

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Old 04-09-2007, 02:36 PM   #205
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Marc, Malcolm, others interested:

A method for reducing the weight of IKEA cabinets was shown in post #93 above (page 7).

This is the technique for later lining the frames with .040 white aluminum sheeting.

I’ve glued them in with PL construction adhesive.

The rear panel will hide the ABS drains in the tall cabinet. Under the sink, they will be painted out in white (as will the blue Ipex plumbing lines) The space will look chrome-and-white clean.

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Old 04-09-2007, 07:41 PM   #206
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Looking Good Sergei !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the shots.
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:55 PM   #207
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so sharp looking!

Maybe sharp isn't the right word, maybe "crisp?"

Speaking of which, how did you cut the aluminum, the cuts look fantastic! Are you rounding over the edges so they won't catch your flesh? Do the panels come pre-painted white, or what are you using to paint them?

By the way, I really like the smooth spray job on the front of the trailer. You'll be gleaming away when the rest is shot! As usual, I can't wait to see more!
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Old 04-10-2007, 09:15 AM   #208
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Marc:

The aluminum is the .040 white two sides that truck body builders use.
I get it from Wiltsie and they have Phil cut the panels to my exact sizes on an old hand brake.

For thick stuff, like the 1/8” used for the electrical panel, Doug in the bending and cutting room (huge mechanical and hydraulic equipment) does it.

I used a jigsaw with a fine bi-metal blade for the radius cuts and a hole saw for the openings. The cuts are not sharp from the brake but I smoothed all the edges anyway with emery cloth.

The panels are protected on one side with plastic sheeting. I peel this off when the piece has been glued in.

It has a nice, clean look.

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Old 04-10-2007, 01:43 PM   #209
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making patterns

Marc,

I forgot to tell you something: if the radius cuts are nice it’s because I read of a good tracing technique somewhere here on the forum.

You use a good-sized washer, with the pencil inside the hole, to transfer the profile of the trailer to your pattern.

It was a good tip.

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Marc, Malcolm, others interested:

A method for reducing the weight of IKEA cabinets was shown in post #93 above (page 7).

This is the technique for later lining the frames with .040 white aluminum sheeting.

I’ve glued them in with PL construction adhesive.

The rear panel will hide the ABS drains in the tall cabinet. Under the sink, they will be painted out in white (as will the blue Ipex plumbing lines) The space will look chrome-and-white clean.

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Sergei,

It is all looking great!

What kind of paint sticks properly to the Ipex tubing?

Thanks,

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