Explorer Pod Build

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Postby schaney » Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:53 pm

Keith, At the end of the day you need to make sure your main criteria get addressed in a project like this. It is funny I stumbled in these today

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Re: Explorer Pod Build

Postby STORMRIDER151 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:33 pm

Newbie here and after reading many of the build threads I am very impressed with how you went about yours. Plain english without all the acronyms and great pictures. Thanks a bunch. Oh yeah and the trailer is awesome. I wish I had seen this before starting the TD. :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:
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Re: Explorer Pod Build

Postby schaney » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:11 am

Thanks, glad to hear you enjoyed it.
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Re: Explorer Pod Build

Postby Bikerman » Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:28 pm

Scott, great build, great design and craftsmanship! Thanks for the pics.

Hey Keith, why would you need A/C when you could turn that powered parachute on......whooosh! :lol:

Seriously, I think I'd try to hang an A/C platform off the side of the RTT and seal an opening in the tent for it.
My uncle lived in San Marcus, beautiful place, and I have been there in July and August, it's HOT!

That Swampy is fine for a dry heat, south Texas isn't that dry, pretty humid at times and water coolers won't do much. Lowes has a small window unit that's pretty light and there are the portables too, still need 110V, bummper!
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Re: Explorer Pod Build

Postby schaney » Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:39 am

Thanks Bikerman ...
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Re: Explorer Pod Build

Postby Keith.B.Nimble » Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:34 am

Bikerman

After sitting down and figuring all the needs and wants my wife and I decided on a different direction. We ended up buying a used 16' 1995 Casita Freedom Deluxe.
http://www.casitatraveltrailers.com/sho ... erior.html

Now I have my air conditioning, my wife has her bathroom, stove, sink, shower, hot and cold running water, powered air vent, microwave, dinette table, etc.... I love having the trailer and don't regret it one bit. Now I have all season camping capability, even in the 107F summer days.

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Re: Explorer Pod Build

Postby AlienSKP » Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:32 pm

Hi sorry to bother you but I have a question :

how much cost that sealing epoxy ?
how much of it do you need roughly per square feet ?
Is it still cheaper that buying marine grade plywood ?

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Re: Explorer Pod Build

Postby schaney » Tue Jan 20, 2015 6:15 pm

No bother ...
You would have to check the SmitCo website for current pricing.
Took about two quarts to do the trailer.
Good marine grade plywood still needs to be sealed well like this.
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Re: Explorer Pod Build

Postby AlienSKP » Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:07 am

schaney wrote:No bother ...
You would have to check the SmitCo website for current pricing.
Took about two quarts to do the trailer.
Good marine grade plywood still needs to be sealed well like this.


Thank you. I found some for sale in Noah's Marine in Toronto.
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Re: Explorer Pod Build

Postby schaney » Sun May 07, 2017 10:54 am

Always nice getting to see a trailer again that was built way back. Steve recently purchased the Explorer Pod. He wanted me to do a once over and get it ready for a trip from Oregon to Idaho.

The Explorer Pod hit the road almost 8 years ago now. It only need a few things; new shocks, replace a few broken cover snaps and a pair of tires. Maintenance wise it was time to clean and repack the bearings. The bottom of the floor also needed resealing. It had some cracking in the finish from rock chips and expansion / contraction of the plywood. The Durabak finish was still in very good condition with no issues from the plywood expanding and contracting. The front textured area has some fading and discoloration from wear and stains. There is also some rust starting to form on the frame in a few places and the axle. Overall it is still in great shape with many more years of service in it.

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