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Postby tinksdad » Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:19 pm

Sparksalot wrote:Whaddayaknow, there is a limit to what a 5 gal bucket can do. I had the jacks ready to go anyway. A side benefit is being able to level the entire chassis before I started to really tie the structure togehter. No need building a wracked body.


HMMMM! I guess that answers the question as to why if my floor is square and my trailer is square.... why am I off by 1/8" from front to back?? I thought when people said "Keep the bubble level" I thought they were talking about setting up camp... not during the build. At least I'm not that far into construction that I can't correct. The five gallon buckets go, and I get some good jack stands and the 4' level comes out before I go any farther!!!
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Postby Sparksalot » Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:46 pm

tinksdad wrote:
HMMMM! I guess that answers the question as to why if my floor is square and my trailer is square.... why am I off by 1/8" from front to back?? I thought when people said "Keep the bubble level" I thought they were talking about setting up camp... not during the build. At least I'm not that far into construction that I can't correct. The five gallon buckets go, and I get some good jack stands and the 4' level comes out before I go any farther!!!


I had the jacks ready, but had not placed them. Getting caught up in the moment and all. With the kids wanting to play in the trailer already, I decided to make a quick check. Glad I did, I got everything correct BEFORE the bulkhead went in.
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Postby Sparksalot » Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:29 pm

This evening we cut and test fit the galley counter/cabin shelf.

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Cabin side.

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The Princess painter helps out.

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Applying the polyurethane before the piece goes in. (What's in here she says)

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Note dainty grasp of the brush.


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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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Postby Sparksalot » Sat Jul 05, 2008 7:06 pm

I honestly didn't expect much excitement or interest by folks DURING the build. Today, for the second day in a row, I had a neighbor stop by to what the fun was.
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Inspiration: http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/Trailer%20for%20Two.htm

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Postby Sparksalot » Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:37 pm

The Stiff is a slacker.

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The Princess is lured as well.

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We finished the roof spars last night.

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The rough door framing was completed early today.

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Trimmed up later on. Man, this router gadget is awesome.

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The rear edge of the cabin wall is defined. Some blocking for a future (?) is put in place.

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Wiring paths through the studs.

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The Princess Helper lends a hand. Dunno why she felt the need to wear her robe. It's only 96 degrees outside.

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

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Postby 2bits » Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:54 am

You are moving right along! Looks good! ! ! :thumbsup:
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Postby Sparksalot » Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:22 pm

2bits wrote:You are moving right along! Looks good! ! ! :thumbsup:


I will finish the blocking at the top edges tonight for the interior wall skins.

Wiring is coming hard and fast. If'n ya' look really close at this picture, you can see the hole through the wall (!!!!) above the rear edge of the door for the porch light.

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I plan to put a reading light and porch light switch at the hinge side of the door on each side as well. I made a trip to Camping World in Denton over the weekend, and found some basic 12V RV lights I will use, at least for now. I'm guessing the choice of interior lights is one of those never done items.
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Inspiration: http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/Trailer%20for%20Two.htm

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Postby Sparksalot » Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:40 pm

Well, we made holes in the walls :cry:

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Then the 12V wiring was roughed-in for the cabin.

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Next, we installed the wall insulation. The big Blue box didn't have a sheet of 3/4" rigid stuff, so I bought one extra of the closed cell polystyrene. Works OK but made a mess in the garage.

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Finally, we wrap up the weekend with the Princess Helper showing that we are indeed building a Standie. OK, it's a Standie only as long as you are a 40" munchkin.

BTW, Beware the Jabberwirecutter

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

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Postby del » Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:00 pm

Sparksalot wrote:BTW, Beware the Jabberwirecutter

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And I thought they were called wire cutters, silly me. Your build is looking good, pat your build team on the back.

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Postby Miriam C. » Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:38 am

Image to the royal team. Looks great and I can see the kids are really going to enjoy the finished product. :thumbsup:
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Postby Sparksalot » Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:27 pm

del wrote:
Sparksalot wrote:BTW, Beware the Jabberwirecutter

And I thought they were called wire cutters, silly me. Your build is looking good, pat your build team on the back.

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Yes, they are. The Jabberwirecutter is the destructive creature, er, um , cute princess who loves to cut stuff.

Thanks from the team
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Postby Sparksalot » Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:30 pm

Miriam C. wrote:Image to the royal team. Looks great and I can see the kids are really going to enjoy the finished product. :thumbsup:


The whole team is getting excited. The Princess asks to go "work on the trailer" as soon as I get home at night.
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Postby Sparksalot » Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:05 pm

The time has come to start finishing the cabin!

One last look.

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Finish comparison.

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Oooooooo

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Dewd, where's muh door?

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Postby 2bits » Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:01 am

I have no idea how you got that interior wall in! :? Looks awesome though! !!
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Postby Sparksalot » Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:26 pm

2bits wrote:I have no idea how you got that interior wall in! :? Looks awesome though! !!


Ancient Chinese Secret.

First, you roll the sheet...
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