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Old 03-26-2008, 09:40 PM   #421
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Where's all your snow???!!

I'm jealous... We can't get ours out of the barn or even pull it down our street due to all that yukky white stuff on the ground. Glad to see others don't have the same burden.

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Old 03-28-2008, 11:40 AM   #422
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Pulling out of Port Bruce after 22 months ....

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Old 03-28-2008, 11:53 AM   #423
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woohoo!

Congrats! How was the tow?

Can't wait to see the paint.
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Old 03-28-2008, 12:21 PM   #424
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Great news, can't wait to see it with paint!
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Old 03-28-2008, 02:16 PM   #425
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On The Road!

How does the tow vehicle feel?
tow?
Details?
Photos please.
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Old 03-28-2008, 08:09 PM   #426
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Marcus:

Before the trailer left Port Bruce I took some shots that I hope will explain how the pocket door works.


The IKEA bathroom cabinet and the wardrobe stand side by side and are joined together.

I had 1/8Ē aluminum sheet (maybe a little thinner; I donít remember now) bent about 5Ē wide with a 1/2Ē reverse lip.

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The aluminum was kept plain on one side and painted with a complimentary latex colour on the other (inside the bathroom).

The 1/2Ē lip on the aluminum sheet was screwed to the face of the wardrobe cabinet.

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Then I glued (using PL Premium adhesive) a 1Ē aluminum tube to the other side of the sheet. This makes a ďdoor jambĒ for the sliding pocket door to snug up to when itís closed.

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The same aluminum sheeting was cut to profile and glued in place to hide the track for the pocket door.

(Only one screw- except those fixing the lip to the cabinet- was used; to secure the end of the track to the ceiling).

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The sliding door will have a self sticking ďDĒ seal top to bottom. This is just a trail piece to see how the fit worked.

Note the handle I fabricated from 1 1/2Ē aluminum angle.


Here is a shot of the side of the cabinet at the sink, paneled in 040. aluminum.

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Iím now looking forward to seeing the trailer painted two tone (Pepper White and Black) too.

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Old 03-28-2008, 10:09 PM   #427
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Hi Sergei,

Thanks so much for taking the time to photo-document that sequence for me. I see now how you did it, it makes sense, and I like it a great deal!
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Old 03-28-2008, 11:56 PM   #428
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Absolutely beautiful! Just a quick question, what did you use again for the white of the trailer? It looks just right to me.

Again, awesome work!
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Old 03-29-2008, 03:18 AM   #429
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Sergei,,, HURRAH!!!! donna
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Old 03-29-2008, 05:56 AM   #430
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Nice job man!
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Old 03-29-2008, 10:10 AM   #431
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Marc, nice to hear from you.

About towing I can only give you an impression. This is the first time Iíd ever pulled a trailer and it was just for the 15 minutes it took to get to Wiltsieís from Port Bruce.

Iíd driven the truck some but it still has only about 1200 miles on it.

It pulled beautifully at highway speed. I liked the sound of the diesel under load. It was a neat purr instead of the more whiney sound when the empty truck isnít puling anything.

There is a long, high ascent from Port Bruce to the surrounding landscape. The Sprinter never hesitated even for a second. It just shifted down and purred up the incline at full speed.

(The Sprinter has the Auto/Stick* transmission but I just left it in automatic all the way).

How the truck performs when the Mini is on the deck awaits to be seen but I sense there is plenty of power in the vehicle.

I have to learn to back and park the trailer yet. I hope that wonít cost too many scrapes and dents.

You asked, ď what WHITE did you useĒ. Do you mean in the bathroom?

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Old 03-29-2008, 10:26 AM   #432
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Hi Sergei - yes, for the wall colors ... is it also the same in the main interior walls for the cabin as well?

I think my biggest lesson backing was just to go slow... go forward to straigten everything up if it isn't going the way you want it too.

How long will it take to paint the trailer? Bet you can't wait!
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Old 03-29-2008, 08:16 PM   #433
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Donna, Marcus, Andre, Safari 62; nice to hear from you all.

Safari, you briefly asked:

[I]Tow?
Details?
Photos please.
[/I]

Iím not sure what you are asking about. If the answers are not in my post to Marc, above, give more explanation and Iíll try to answer.


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Old 03-31-2008, 02:01 PM   #434
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So when will be the big day of paint unveiling?

I told you I would have a list of questions, and I just thought of a couple more. I've used Ikea cabinets in a kitchen remodel of my own, and what comes to mind is:

1) I don't recall ever seeing pictures of your galley cabinets with the doors on and drawers in, unless I missed it? I'd love to see which finishes and handle/pull hardware (if any) you selected.

2) On your galley and bathroom cabinetry, in order to keep everything closed and tight during transport, are you using the standard Ikea spring-loaded European hinges for the doors, and are you using the spring-loaded drawer retainers (with the soft-cushioning snap-back) for the drawers? From my own Ikea cabinets in my kitchen, it seems like these are fairly strong and could work, but I've obviously never seen them in a TT application before, so I'm really interested in how that works out.

Looking forward to seeing the painted exterior, good luck!


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Old 04-01-2008, 09:28 AM   #435
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Painting questions from Marc

Marc:

We used POR 15 WhiteCoat for the walls/ceiling.

We sanded the original vinyl clad aluminum and ABS cap, primed it twice with KILZ and rolled the first coat of WhiteCoat on with a small foam roller.

The two-step paint melted the roller and ruined the job.

(We used a brush for both coats on the shower pan and it turned out pefectly).

The local Canadian distributor replaced the paint, but probably only because I bought GLISTEN clear coat for the bumper at the same time that I reported the failure.

We machine and hand sanded and recoated the bath walls with a brush. It flowed very well and has a brilliant white, porcelain-like look.

It seems very hard.

The rest of the cabin is painted in an oil based eggshell finish from Benjamin Moore in a nice off white named OLD PRAIRIE. Method: old surface cleaned very well, two coats of Kilz, two of paint, all with the foam roller.

Looks very nice, as if sprayed.

There are also two complimentary feature-wall colours used: a dark grey named KENDALL CHARCOAL and a grey/green named CLARKSVILLE GREY.

Everything was applied with those small foam rollers, sometimes called ďGermanĒ rollers. Maybe they started out there.


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Old 04-01-2008, 12:10 PM   #436
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Ha ha, always a German in my life! (My wife is 1/2 German... I give my MIL a hard time all the time.... : > )

Thanks for the info Sergei! Looking great!
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:01 PM   #437
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Marcus:

Hereís a humble shot showing part of the cabinets in the galley. I think the door style is called Adel.

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Across from the galley counter is a 65Ē high pull out pantry. Same door style but in birch, not paint.

In post #375 above youíll see shots of the furniture DavidsonOverlander made for me. Working with natural birch, he matched the Ikea design.

(One of the advantages of a modular system like Ikeaís is that you can change the door fronts on a whim. If I get tired of the white doors in the galley I can swap them out for birch).

I donít think I want to take a chance on the Ikea doors staying closed in travel. Iíll invent some type of closure before I hit the road. For now I am using a simple bungee cord set up. Maybe that is as much invention as it needs.

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I donít think I want to take a chance on the Ikea doors staying closed in travel. Iíll invent some type of closure before I hit the road. For now I am using a simple bungee cord set up. Maybe that is as much invention as it needs.

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We built the last remaining significant piece, as often, on the kitchen table. Itís the sub structure for the combination shelf/ extractor fan for the galley.

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Truly outstanding work! I was looking at this picture because I am also using aluminum extrusions for a project. May I ask how you joined the pieces? I see a rivet gun on the picture but ther does not seem to be any brackets...

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Don't re-invent the wheel... : )
Ikea also sells some closure devices for "kid proofing" the cabinets. They're hooks that keep the doors unable to open past about 1" unless you push down on them. Cheap too.
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