Aluminum composite teardrop

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Sun May 21, 2017 1:16 pm

Progress has been slow, but all the roof spars are in place now.ImageImageImage

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:04 pm

Interior ceiling is skinned. Used a sheet of 1/8" closed cell PVC sheet. Used high bond tape and staples to attach it to the spars. I will be adding a layer of pine T&G panels to the inside. That will cover all the staples.ImageImage

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby prider » Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:45 am

Looking good. I really like the tongue and groove on the interior. I'm interested to see how we'll the ACM curves over the roof. It's coming along!!

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:08 pm

Put up the finished ceiling today. More tongue and groove pine. Now we just need the headboard and cabinets and the inside will basically be done.

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:11 pm

Framing for the headboard. Image

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:25 pm

Wiring this weekend. Got a jump start tonight by mounting and labeling the terminal strips. They are located behind the headboard. I will use them to terminate all of the cabin DC, and the incoming trailer lighting harness.ImageImage

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:28 pm

Lots of progress today. Got a layer of insulation in the roof, the headboard shelf in, switches and USB ports put in, and lots of wiring done.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby KCStudly » Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:26 pm

Big step. :thumbsup:
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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby Sheddie » Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:47 pm

Good progress, keep it up :applause:
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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:08 pm

Didn't accomplish too much today, but the cabin lights are mounted and working.
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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:28 pm

Have not posted in a while, but am making some progress. Hoping to get the exterior done in the next month or so.

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby greygoos » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:48 am

Looking good. I had wondered where you had been. If I remember correctly you are a sign maker. Can you tell me how long you think the wrap might last?
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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby Graniterich » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:54 am

Wow, that looks great! Tell us more about the exterior

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:17 pm

Graniterich wrote:Wow, that looks great! Tell us more about the exterior

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The exterior is made from aluminum composite material, which is basically a sandwich made with a polyethylene core and aluminum faces. I bonded the ACM to the plywood walls. To finish it, I am using a vinyl wrap. It is the same material used for vehicle wraps. Basically a great big sticker.

We first put down a solid layer of gloss pearl, which was a stock color. The turquoise and red were printed. You can see it coming off of the printer in one of the pictures.

The vinyl is a 3M product and is rated for a 10 year life. I plan on storing the finished camper indoors, so it should last for many years.

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:19 pm

greygoos wrote:Looking good. I had wondered where you had been. If I remember correctly you are a sign maker. Can you tell me how long you think the wrap might last?
The 3M wrap vinyl is rated at 10 years. I plan on storing the camper indoors, so it should last longer than I do.

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