Rose Rolls - The unathorized Compass Rose autobiography

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Re: Rose Rolls - The unathorized Compass Rose autobiography

Postby GeekFisher » Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:58 am

I read the whole 25 pages. Nice building ans writing skills !
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Re: Rose Rolls - The unathorized Compass Rose autobiography

Postby Sparksalot » Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:21 am

I'm glad you like! I hope the process was enlightening too. Rose is still going strong at 10+ years.
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Re: Rose Rolls - The unathorized Compass Rose autobiography

Postby Sparksalot » Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:31 pm

From the “a teardrop is never done” files.

I’ve never been enamored with the tongue on Rose. The C channel is fine for the occasional haul some bulky stuff home or to the landfill (ie, a cargo trailer), BUT the tongue jack has always torqued it sideways. I’ve never left the tongue jack as the sole means of support as a result.

Combine this with a new to me tow vehicle with a longer wheelbase than any previous one, and Rose became a handful to back into a campsite or the garage when a trip was done.

Viola, a mere $35 to buy some steel by the foot, and a 6 foot piece of tube steel followed me home recently. I’d have liked to get some a bit lighter, but to buy a 24 foot stick was overkill, so Rose will have a 2-1/2 inch square, 1/4 inch tongue. It only weighs 42 pounds. LOL.

Thenewtongue is also 22 inches longer. Easier to back up, and more space to mount the jack in the clear.

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Inspiration: http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/Trailer%20for%20Two.htm

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Re: Rose Rolls - The unathorized Compass Rose autobiography

Postby NevadaBlue » Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:25 pm

I must thank you for this wonderful thread. I know it was a lot of work to maintain, but having such a build on record, WITH pictures that still exist is great. Thank you!
Your trailer is beautiful. Amazing work. :)
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Re: Rose Rolls - The unathorized Compass Rose autobiography

Postby Sparksalot » Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:03 pm

NevadaBlue wrote:I must thank you for this wonderful thread. I know it was a lot of work to maintain, but having such a build on record, WITH pictures that still exist is great. Thank you!
Your trailer is beautiful. Amazing work. :)


Thanks! I hope you found something helpful in here.

The photos are all hosted here. Kudos to Mike for making that possible. Also for making it so much much easier to add them now.
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The Compass Rose build thread: viewtopic.php?t=23213

Inspiration: http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/Trailer%20for%20Two.htm

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Re: Rose Rolls - The unathorized Compass Rose autobiography

Postby Sparksalot » Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:10 pm

Rose sporting her new nose. The new tongue is 22” longer than the original. I had to push her further into the garage to close the door again.

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While making changes, I went ahead and gave her a new basket. These go on sale at harbor freight occasionally. I actually bought it months ago for this purpose.

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Instead of the hitch plug in member I simply used spacers the same width. That also allowed the basket to drop right over existing bolt heads.

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The Compass Rose build thread: viewtopic.php?t=23213

Inspiration: http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/Trailer%20for%20Two.htm

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Re: Rose Rolls - The unathorized Compass Rose autobiography

Postby Sparksalot » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:16 pm

I realized just now I have not posted complete pics of Rose is a very long time. This past July, I went to visit Slowcowboy and several others in Wyoming. An 11 day trip overall, all off grid with no services beyond an outhouse.

Very early in the trip, note clean car. In the Rockies near Colorado Springs.
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Twilight in the Flaming Gorge, Utah. I was here 4 days.
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At 8,000 feet in the Wind River. Walk The Winds 2019. Slowcowboy was again a pleasure camp with. Another 4 days here.
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Square Top Mountain, Wyoming. In the Wind River. I climbed this one in 1998, and have been in love with the Winds since. This is also the mountain on the Wyoming license plates.
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Badlands in the center of Wyoming. Note not so clean car.
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Later the same day. The Snowy Range, on the continental divide. I actually couldn't camp at my planned spot, since there was 4 feet of snow behind the locked gates. Remember this is JULY.
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Even later the same day. The background ridge is the continental divide. There was some really cool lightning that night after sundown.
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The Compass Rose build thread: viewtopic.php?t=23213

Inspiration: http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/Trailer%20for%20Two.htm

It's got a cop motor, a 5.3 LS plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. ~ Elwood Blues
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Re: Rose Rolls - The unathorized Compass Rose autobiography

Postby Sparksalot » Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:28 pm

I was answering a question about axle clearance in another thread, I figured an update was in order. I flipped the axle three years ago. Here’s some current pics.

Overview of the setup
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Clearance to the perch. Note frame is not notched.
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This has been my setup since mid 2016. Over 10,000 miles since and zero evidence of the ubolts touching the spring perch.
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Inspiration: http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/Trailer%20for%20Two.htm

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Re: Rose Rolls - The unathorized Compass Rose autobiography

Postby Sparksalot » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:28 pm

A while back I build some cabinets to a bit more organized storage. The doors and faceframes were from scratch and dent clearance at Lowe's. They're over the fridge cabinets. I removed the junk backboxes, then built a new one to fit the curve of Rose's roofline.

Closed up, with the TV visible beyond. Usable when shore power is available.
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The Compass Rose build thread: viewtopic.php?t=23213

Inspiration: http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/Trailer%20for%20Two.htm

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Re: Rose Rolls - The unathorized Compass Rose autobiography

Postby Sparksalot » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:36 pm

Not quite so long ago, I decided to upgrade the door seals based upon a conversation I had with Cary Winch from Camp Inn. In a nutshell, I used regular ole T-molding, some flexible rubber seal, and a relief notch cut into the doors themselves to allow proper crush space.

What the inside of the opening has looked like since Rose was built.
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A before shot of the strike side.
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And a before shot of the hinge side.
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How did they ship that curve in a straight tube???
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The Compass Rose build thread: viewtopic.php?t=23213

Inspiration: http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/Trailer%20for%20Two.htm

It's got a cop motor, a 5.3 LS plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. ~ Elwood Blues
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Re: Rose Rolls - The unathorized Compass Rose autobiography

Postby Sparksalot » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:44 pm

The seal profile. Same spec Camp Inn uses.
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Relief notch in the door. Cut with a router.
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I took the opportunity while the door hardware was stripped to put a couple more coats of spar varnish on.
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With the T-molding in place along the interior edges of the door opening.
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Now with the seals in place attached to the T-molding.
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The entire finished seal.
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The finished interior look.
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The Compass Rose build thread: viewtopic.php?t=23213

Inspiration: http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/Trailer%20for%20Two.htm

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Re: Rose Rolls - The unathorized Compass Rose autobiography

Postby Sparksalot » Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:14 pm

I added a set load bars to create a roof rack. The main idea being to add an ARB or similar awning fixed on the curb side. The pop up canopy is getting to be a pain. Plus I’ve never liked the space it takes somewhere while traveling.

The rack will also give a convenient hanging spot for a solar shower, and perhaps a solar panel or two.

Lastly, I might mount a Road Shower or DIY equivalent on the street side.

Also shown, the bike rack and spare tire mount.

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Inspiration: http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/Trailer%20for%20Two.htm

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