Should the frame be covered by the sidewalls?

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Should the frame be covered by the sidewalls?

Yes, it looks more attractive that way. I'll make the chassis narrower!
No, I'm a beginner. I can barely cut wood, much less steel. Keep it simple!
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Re: Should the frame be covered by the sidewalls?

Postby jstrubberg » Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:25 pm

mikeschn wrote:
jandbsteardrop wrote:So just to clarify, we can build our walls on top of the frame, flush, and then run the filon over the frame? So essentially the filon would be covering the wood walls and the gap/seam between the wall sitting on the frame and the frame? Thanks.

Yes, you could do that also! You could also do that with aluminum instead of Filon!


That's exactly how I would do it. Form and function.
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Re: Should the frame be covered by the sidewalls?

Postby Sheddie » Sat Sep 06, 2014 4:32 am

If your frame looks good why not show it? :D
We had originally planned to run the alloy trim along the bottom edge of the side walls to match around the top. This was not to hide the frame, but just to finish the bottom edge of the walls. But when we stood back and looked at it with the red walls and the contrast of the black frame it gave such a clean break between the two that we left the alloy off.
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Re: Should the frame be covered by the sidewalls?

Postby Roly Nelson » Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:06 pm

All 3 of my tears have frames that are covered. As posted before, frames are ugly. Just my 2 cents, many may disagree.
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Re: Should the frame be covered by the sidewalls?

Postby Dave Gray » Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:14 am

What do you think a guy with a '29 Ford highboy roadster with a flathead V-8 would say? That is not to imply that I am that guy, but I wish, maybe someday.
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Re: Should the frame be covered by the sidewalls?

Postby lazerus » Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:51 am

Sorry to necropost but I have a question.

I prefer the look of covered frame sides, but after test measurements in our favorite ... adult... position we need 43 inches clear from the mattress to the ceiling. Giving up 1.5" for roof thickness, 1.5 min floor and 3" for a compressed mattress. I'm left with 2 inches for the frame off a 4' wide sheet. Is there wider sheeting options? Currently leaning towards filon for outer skin but I'm currently considering fiberglass. I'm in a very wet area so leaks will be a higher priority over looks.

tl;dr What are my skin options over 48", or is Skirting an option it hide the frame.
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Re: Should the frame be covered by the sidewalls?

Postby QueticoBill » Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:01 pm

Not sure of your length but I'm looking at 5 x 5 baltic birch - 2 pieces - 20 minutes away. You can get 5 x 10 - but may not be near you and for sure a lot more per sq ft.
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Re: Should the frame be covered by the sidewalls?

Postby tony.latham » Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:26 pm

1.5 min floor and

Why such a thick floor? Your mattress––as long as it's adequately thick––will provide plenty of insulation.

And I'm one of those folks that's just fine with an uncovered frame. Also, the taller the ceiling, the colder your 'drop is going to be on those frosty nights.

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