Slipstream

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Re: Slipstream

Postby KCStudly » Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:27 pm

Yes, it came together very quickly. I'm wondering how you attached the door, what you did to seal it, and what method you chose to prop it open. Others who have gone with the gull wing style have commented that they are harder to seal and awkward to close from the inside, so I am curious what your experience has been.
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Re: Slipstream

Postby djdawg » Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:13 pm

This is awesome. I love the PVC frame. Can't wait to hear how things went on the trip. I'm betting I could do something similar with PVC and foam.
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Re: Slipstream

Postby GPW » Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:34 am

Robot , Super job Dude !!! :thumbsup: 8) :D :beer:
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Re: Slipstream

Postby Robot » Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:22 am

The gull wing door was not entirely a success. I used regular house door hinges at the top, with really long screws to go through both walls of the pvc frame. The screen door locking handle doesn't hold it shut in transit. I installed a grab handle on the frame under the handle and tie it shut. It does keep the door closed when parked, but i need to come up with something better.

On the morning of departure I stopped at home depot and bought a air return grill for the AC. They only had white, so I painted it with the last of my touch up paint. As joked about, I did indeed hit the road Wednesday morning with wet paint.
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Is it me, or with the big grill over the a.c., does it kind of look like a big robot head?
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Re: Slipstream

Postby Robot » Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:04 am

First day on the road went well. First night was in caprock canyons state park just south of Amarillo.
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Got hit by a soaker overnight...loud and bright. We were enjoying our dry beds and didn't feel any water on the inside wall around the Wiley Windows.

Woke up to find that the door seal had failed and everything on the floor was soaked.

Funny thing is, we saw the storm coming in the distance, we both knew we had a tarp, and neither of us thought to throw it over the untested door. I think the pre-vacation week of preparation and last minute construction just had us frazzled.
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Re: Slipstream

Postby Robot » Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:05 am

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The view from the mirrors. Tucks in nicely!
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Re: Slipstream

Postby Robot » Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:08 am

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Most of the drive out of Texas was really pretty and devoid of traffic.
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Re: Slipstream

Postby Robot » Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:18 am

The reason for the trip deadline...3 nights of our favorite band playing at red rocks amphitheater outside of Denver.
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Re: Slipstream

Postby Robot » Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:19 am

Today we start on the second leg of our journey. 6 hours south to Santa fe national forest. I'll try to keep up with more frequent updates for the rest of the trip.
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Re: Slipstream

Postby Sheddie » Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:35 pm

Nice trip, keep the photos coming. :pictures:
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Re: Slipstream

Postby Fred Trout » Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:16 pm

Since nothing flew off while driving, the Slipstream is a success :D Glad to hear all is going well and the problems are minor. :applause: :applause:

Keep the pix coming, please !!!
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Re: Slipstream

Postby mezmo » Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:39 pm

All I can think of when I see your great build is:
"The Silver Twinkie"

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Re: Slipstream

Postby KCStudly » Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:50 pm

Awesome pics! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

As to the rain, remember this quote: "I never did mind about the little things" - Bridget Fonda as Nina in Point of No Return
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Re: Slipstream

Postby GoTurtleGo » Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:37 pm

This has been such a fun build. I love all the techniques you have tried out and used. You have an adventuresome spirit. Keep it up! It looks great.
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Re: Slipstream

Postby Robot » Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:13 pm

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When I picked up the trailer from storage on Monday morning, the corners had clearly continued to expand as they were much lumpier and are starting to split the seams in places.
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I'm wondering if the altitude might be the culprit. Built at 500ft, used at 5000ft. Definitely shows that the expanding foam in large forms is unstable. I might need to cut the corners out and do the stacked arches of the pink stuff after all.
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