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Re: Alaskan Benroy

Postby ratrod71 » Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:56 pm

...Sounds good to me! Your hatch framing looks excellent. :thumbsup:[/quote]

Thanks Sharon! I worked on cutting the inner and outer hatch skins this weekend. They are ready put into place. Bryan
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Re: Alaskan Benroy

Postby ukewarrior » Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:19 pm

Can you please show some closeup photos of how you are going to seal the overlap of the outside hatch skin against the side walls?

I'm at the exact same stage with my build and I'm a bit stuck as to how to weather strip it and keep it dry.

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Re: Alaskan Benroy

Postby ratrod71 » Sun Oct 18, 2015 3:10 pm

ukewarrior wrote:Can you please show some closeup photos of how you are going to seal the overlap of the outside hatch skin against the side walls?

I'm at the exact same stage with my build and I'm a bit stuck as to how to weather strip it and keep it dry.

Thanks !


Follow this link to Vintage Technologies website. http://teardroptrailerparts.com/Offset_T_Molding.html . I am going to do it just how they show it with an insert molding on top of the side wall with the weatherstip inside the insert area, then the "Offset T Molding" affixed to the hatch. Hope this helps. Bryan
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Re: Alaskan Benroy

Postby ukewarrior » Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:25 pm

Thanks for sharing this. It is indeed very nice.
I'm hoping to find something a bit more economical.
one 6' strip of just the t-molding is $25 before shipping.
My build will have a PMF outer covering, not aluminum, so I trying to find something that can just hide under the overlap plywood on top of the side walls.[/quote]

Follow this link to Vintage Technologies website. http://teardroptrailerparts.com/Offset_T_Molding.html . I am going to do it just how they show it with an insert molding on top of the side wall with the weatherstip inside the insert area, then the "Offset T Molding" affixed to the hatch. Hope this helps. Bryan[/quote]
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Re: Alaskan Benroy

Postby ratrod71 » Sun Oct 18, 2015 11:16 pm

ukewarrior wrote:Thanks for sharing this. It is indeed very nice.
I'm hoping to find something a bit more economical.
one 6' strip of just the t-molding is $25 before shipping.
My build will have a PMF outer covering, not aluminum, so I trying to find something that can just hide under the overlap plywood on top of the side walls.


How about a narrow strip of aluminum riveted or bonded to the bottom of the overlap? I have seen strips of aluminum at Home Depot in their hardware section. I believe you can find other teardrop hatches done this way on this website. :thinking:
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Postby ratrod71 » Sat Oct 24, 2015 3:13 pm

This weekends project was to glue the inner hatch skin to the frame. Materials used are 1/8" birch plywood and PL Premium adhesive and many clamps. Will let it sit for a couple of days while the adhesive dries. I found I really had to check for squareness! I had to tweak it several times before it was just right. Happy building, Bryan
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Postby ratrod71 » Sun Nov 08, 2015 6:13 pm

The hatch inner skin is installed and varnished with spar urethane. Ran the wiring for the galley and license plate light. Installed the galley LED light. I used a 4-way trailer connector for the wiring so the hatch could be removed easily if needed. Installed the outer skin with PL adhesive, and when that was set up I routed the edges flush. The hatch fits great. It is remarkably strong and rigid with zero springback. Happy building, Bryan
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Re: Alaskan Benroy

Postby KCStudly » Sun Nov 08, 2015 6:49 pm

Very nice!!! :thumbsup:
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Re: Alaskan Benroy

Postby dales133 » Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:07 pm

Nice work its coming along great
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Re: Alaskan Benroy

Postby ratrod71 » Mon Nov 09, 2015 10:30 pm

Thanks guys for the kind words! Much appreciated. Bryan
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Postby ratrod71 » Sat Feb 13, 2016 6:30 pm

Installed the top skin of .040 mill finish aluminum. 4X10 sheets cost me $93 each in Fairbanks. Sure grateful they came with the protective coating on them. I chose to seal the perimiter edges with 3M 4200.
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Re: Alaskan Benroy

Postby azgreg » Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:04 pm

Nice work. This is easily one of my favorite builds here.
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Re: Alaskan Benroy

Postby ratrod71 » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:33 am

azgreg wrote:Nice work. This is easily one of my favorite builds here.



Thank you so much Azgreg for the very kind words!
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Postby ratrod71 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:10 pm

The .040 aluminum sheets for the sides are now cut and ready to install. I made a template of both radiuses of the side profile out of plywood, then sandwiched the sheet aluminum against the side. Then I cut the aluminum following the pattern. The cuts were made just a little large, and will trimmed up with a router. To cut the door openings, I drilled a series of small holes matching the opening from the inside out. Then connected the dots on the outside, and made the cuts. All the cuts were made with the sheet aluminum against the side of the trailer, which proved to be very stable. Worked out great.
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Re: Alaskan Benroy

Postby Vedette » Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:46 pm

Your progress is steady and your work looks very very nice. :thumbsup: You should be proud of what you have accomplished and also proud of what you are going to have when it is finshed! :thinking:
Keep up the Great work and Thanks for sharing your build with the rest of us here on the Forum.
We look forward to seeng it in person some day.
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