Rough Road Raindrop

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Re: Rough Road Raindrop

Postby Louisd75 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:56 am

S. Heisley wrote::thinking: I'm wondering if you've got a bad regulator or if there is a blockage somewhere in the line.

Oh! Also, if the propane gets too cold, it can cause problems. Don't know if it gets cold enough in Washington state; but, it might....


I did find a little blockage where the hose was connected. The rest of the tubing didn't show any blockages when I blew it out prior to making the final connections. It was just strange that it worked in the driveway but then not in the wild. We do get down into the teens a few times a year, but on that trip it didn't get below freezing outside. I've test run it a couple of times now, just firing it up in the morning til it cycles off. So far it seems to be starting first time every time, so I'm going to call this one fixed. Well, until it isn't fixed anymore :thumbsup:

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Re: Rough Road Raindrop

Postby Louisd75 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:33 pm

I'm baa-aaaack.

Not a whole lot of progress, but I did pass a milestone:

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Yep, the first renewal. One whole year on the road. I think we managed 15 nights or so, which isn't bad considering that I'm only home for about 6 months a year and we have to juggle around the kid's school schedule.

I'm also working on a room addition for the trailer. We realize that the kiddos are growing, and at some point the bunkbeds for the kiddos aren't going to cut it and I'll have to move outside. We've also figured it would be handy to have more of a transition space between the trailer and the outside. So, enter the awning room. If I'd gone with an ARB or CVT awning then then it would just be a matter of opening up the wallet and presto, all done. Unfortunately, I have a Smittybilt awning, and they don't make rooms. The Smittybilt awning is also 6.5' x 6.5', which completely eliminates ARB's room offerings. CVT though, does sell a room that's close at 79". I'm not sure what the actual CVT awning dimensions are, but I think that they're a smidge bigger than Smittybilt's.

So, I ordered up the Pioneer Awning Walls from CVT in the 79" size: https://cascadiatents.com/shop/awning-walls/

I went boring with the color, but it matches the awning and isn't too garish. Here's what it looks like setup:

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And that extra inch difference between the 78" awning and 79" awning rooms? Well, it apparently makes a huge difference. The ceiling sags considerably in the middle.

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Yes, the clips are not connected, but the clips don't do much to bring it up in the middle. Never fear, for there's a plan. The awning walls connect to the awning via sail track. The outboard section of sail track zips to the awning walls while the inboard sail track is sewn directly to the tent. You can see the connections here:

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I've circled the sail track panels in white. My current plan is to fold the sail track panels over and sew them so that they're narrower. I experimented with clamps and was able to get pretty much all of the sagging out of the ceiling by effectively narrowing the sail track panels, so I've got a good feeling that this will work out. If it doesn't, well, that's what seam rippers are for. I'll figure out a plan B if it's warranted.

One other thing about the awning walls that wasn't immediately clear from CVT's description. There are six walls including the floor and ceiling. The four vertical walls all have doors. The three walls away from the trailer have a solid fabric outer door over a mesh inner door. The wall that's against the trailer has a huge zip door. It's almost too big and extends quite a bit down below the trailer. I'll likely add a panel to fill the gap between the bottom of that door and the bottom of the trailer, or remove the door entirely and make a panel. Realistically I don't see us closing that door while we're in the trailer. I'm not sure when I'll be able to fire up the sewing machine, but I'll be sure to update once it's up. The floor is a separate panel that zips on to the bottom of the tent. All of the material appears to be very heavy duty and stout. It's definitely not lightweight backpacker stuff. The downside of the material is that the tent doesn't fold up very small. Good thing that we have a truck bed.
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Re: Rough Road Raindrop

Postby Louisd75 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:36 pm

I've been playing around with scrap leftover from various projects and have whipped up a little chuck box to help organize the galley. I've been debating whether to build a "real" galley into the back of the trailer instead of two big storage cubbies that I currently use. The chuck box is a temporary step in that direction, though it would be easy to make it permanent. The wood is thin, just a little over 1/8". I used dados for most of the connections, but the outside corners are half-lap joints. I used leftover aluminum trim pieces glued to the corners to strengthen them up. I also used the aluminum trim to make channels in the front that hold the door in place. The door just slides up or down to access the inside.

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I'm still planning on adding some cleats on the counter and galley bulkhead to secure it into place while still keeping it removable. I have two more of the white storage bins worth of sundries and I've started on another box. I'm not sure I'll have enough trim leftover to cover all of the corners, but I'll probably do something similar with the door.
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Re: Rough Road Raindrop

Postby Louisd75 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:59 pm

Working on some minor details and wrapping things up before we hit the road for a few weeks. My better half asked if she could have some sort of ceiling storage for things she didn't want to have to hunt around for (phone, chapstick, honey-do list). So, I made a gear hammock for her. I used some mesh material from ... somewhere. Not sure where I bought it at. I cut it to size and laced the perimeter with 1/8" or 3/16" shock (bungee) cord. To mount it to the ceiling I used wooden toy wheels from the hardware store with a small plastic spacer as a standoff from the ceiling. I just stretched out the shock cord in the corners to fit it around the toy wheels.

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Her's came out nice enough that I made another for my side of the trailer. I'm not sure what I'll put up there, but I figured that the lack of symmetry would bug me if I didn't put one on my side as well.

I got a new sewing machine that does a much better job with heavy materials. I was able to shorten up the sail tracks used in the awning room that I talked about previously. The roof still hangs down a little in the center, but it's only an inch or two now vs almost a foot before. I can live with it.
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