Aluminum composite teardrop

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:15 pm

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Second coat of polyurethane on the cabin floor.

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First side cut out, including door opening.

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Sanding the backside of the ACM skin to rough it up for the adhesive.

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Loctite PL adhesive on outside of wall.

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Wall and ACM skin bonded together. Good thing there are lots of cinder blocks around to use as clamps.


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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:38 pm

Didn't get too much accomplished today. Did get the other wall bonded, so we should be able to get them on soon.

Put a cleat onto the inside of each wall to aid in attaching to floor. The cleat will sit on top of the floor. It gives us more bonding surface and also will help with alignment.

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby Realtoroutdoorsman » Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:49 pm

Did you get white on white 60"x120"


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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:01 pm

Yes, 5' x 10' sheets.

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Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby Realtoroutdoorsman » Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:10 pm

Can you tell me how easily it makes the bend on the front of the trailer. I'm building more of a square look but i don't if ACM will make the bend.


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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby Realtoroutdoorsman » Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:14 pm

bobwhite215 wrote:Yes, 5' x 10' sheets.

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How would you insure the joint between the 2 pieces to complete the front and roof is waterproof. I don't have a rear galley


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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:25 pm

I have played with some scrap pieces and I don't think making my bend is going to be much if an issue. The material should follow the bend pretty well. If you need to make a sharp, angular bend, you need to route a v groove into the backside, or the material will break.

As far as a seam, I think you would treat it just like an aluminum skin. Make sure you have a structural spar underneath the seam, so the ends can be bonded down well. Then cover the seam with some type of aluminum trim and a sealant.

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby Realtoroutdoorsman » Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:34 pm

bobwhite215 wrote:I have played with some scrap pieces and I don't think making my bend is going to be much if an issue. The material should follow the bend pretty well. If you need to make a sharp, angular bend, you need to route a v groove into the backside, or the material will break.

As far as a seam, I think you would treat it just like an aluminum skin. Make sure you have a structural spar underneath the seam, so the ends can be bonded down well. Then cover the seam with some type of aluminum trim and a sealant.

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Thank you


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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby Realtoroutdoorsman » Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:53 am

bobwhite215 wrote:I have played with some scrap pieces and I don't think making my bend is going to be much if an issue. The material should follow the bend pretty well. If you need to make a sharp, angular bend, you need to route a v groove into the backside, or the material will break.

As far as a seam, I think you would treat it just like an aluminum skin. Make sure you have a structural spar underneath the seam, so the ends can be bonded down well. Then cover the seam with some type of aluminum trim and a sealant.

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What thickness material are you using? I found some 3/16.


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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:19 pm

Realtoroutdoorsman wrote:
bobwhite215 wrote:I have played with some scrap pieces and I don't think making my bend is going to be much if an issue. The material should follow the bend pretty well. If you need to make a sharp, angular bend, you need to route a v groove into the backside, or the material will break.

As far as a seam, I think you would treat it just like an aluminum skin. Make sure you have a structural spar underneath the seam, so the ends can be bonded down well. Then cover the seam with some type of aluminum trim and a sealant.

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What thickness material are you using? I found some 3/16.


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It is 3mm

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:06 pm

The walls are up. Starting to look like a camper. I think I will start on the AC enclosure next.

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:15 pm

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Had about 30 minutes free, so put together a quick AC platform. Angled it back about 3 degrees. Think this aluminum roasting pan should work fine as a condensate catch pan. Will run a fitting down thru the floor as a drain.

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:57 pm

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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby Sheddie » Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:10 pm

:thumbsup: looking good
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Re: Aluminum composite teardrop

Postby bobwhite215 » Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:14 pm

Haven't made much progress in the last few months, but it's time to get back at it. Working on getting the roof spars in this weekend. Glued up two sheets of 3/4 plywood, and the ripped them 1-1/2" wide. Gives me 1-1/2" square spars. Attaching them to the side walls with pocket screws from the inside. I'm going to vinyl wrap the outside, so i don't want any fasteners going thru the outside walls.ImageImageImageImage

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