Starleen2's #7

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Starleen2's #7

Postby starleen2 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:46 am

After a long self imposed hiatus on building, I finally have clearance from Mrs Starleen2 to build # 7. Our adventure into New England meant that we had to sell the Texas trailer. We only used it twice in four years and you had to take the axle off to get it in the garage and out of the heavy snow. Now we have a much bigger garage and milder climate. Also my needs have changed somewhat - where there used to be three of us - there are now going to be six,(4 adults - two grandkids) so this will no be a small build nor do I want it to be a full sized Camper either. I do like the appearance of a small slipstream vs the full sized RV's. This one is going to be a 12 footer. Before we left Texas I built a small 12 footer for a friend with a dropped floor so I kind of have an idea of what to build. I plan on using an existing trailer frame, skinning the exterior with aluminum, and the roof will be edpm rubber roofing material Space will be tight with all of us. Remember we only use the camper to sleep in and get out the rain when necessary - most of the time we are sitting outdoors under an easy - up canopy :thumbsup:
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Re: Starleen2's #7

Postby Shadow Catcher » Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:24 pm

Kids and grands can be intents. Good to see your back.
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Re: Starleen2's #7

Postby aggie79 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:14 am

Hi Scott,
Good to hear from you! I look forward to your build.
Take care,
Tom
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Re: Starleen2's #7

Postby starleen2 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:26 pm

Okay here we go. About 6 months ago I purchased a 1996 Starcraft Star Lounge 1224 pop-up camper. I had the intention of using it as such. It was long enough it could accommodate my full family. However I do not like the idea of having so much canvas against a good Southern thunderstorm.

A thorough inspection revealed that the entire roof structure was rotted in needed to be replaced. The lower end of the unit was an excellent condition despite its age. Chris and I set out to replace the top to its original condition. Sorry do not have any pictures for the roof detail.

after finishing the roof, I read about a hard side Apache pop up. I decided this was the way that we were going to go. Not only would it provide protection against thunderstorms, it was also offer a superior level of security.

The walls will be 2.5 mm plywood, 1 inch wood framing, sandwich foam construction to conserve weight. The plan is to have the walls fasten in such way that they easily collapse for storage inside the camper

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Re: Starleen2's #7

Postby steve cowan » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:38 pm

Don't know if you have seen this viewtopic.php?t=64782#p1151089

Pretty neat idea of what you plan to do.
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Re: Starleen2's #7

Postby starleen2 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:43 pm

steve cowan wrote:Don't know if you have seen this viewtopic.php?t=64782#p1151089

Pretty neat idea of what you plan to do.

Yes I had seen that one and it served as inspiration for my build (Similar wall construction)...the only exception is that I intend to fully take advantage of the slide out feature of the pop up bedding. :thinking:
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Re: Starleen2's #7

Postby aggie79 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:05 am

Scott,

I like where you're going on your design. :applause: :thumbsup: :applause:

We are looking at something similar in size but for two people + "amenities". Considered a pop-up, but agree with your reasons why they are a challenge in the south. Maybe I can get enough knowledge from your build to try something similar.

Congrats on the grand kids. Our first is due in March.

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Re: Starleen2's #7

Postby starleen2 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:16 pm

aggie79 wrote:Scott,
Congrats on the grand kids. Our first is due in March.
Take care,
Tom

Tom, grandkids are everything you were told they would be - without all the fuss. I get to see mine everyday and they are the joy of my life :)

Today I finished the cabinet doors on the camper. tried to paint them, but the finish wasn't quite right. I could have replaced them, but why?? Decided vinyl wrap them instead(front and back)
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Re: Starleen2's #7

Postby aggie79 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:18 pm

:thumbsup: :applause: :thumbsup:
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