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My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:27 pm

I'm building my first foamie. I'm trying to build it to fit my family of five. It is on a 6.5'x9.5' trailer with a bunk bed in the front, a trundle bed underneath the bottom bunk, full size dinette bed, and the galley in the rear. I was originally going to build a square drop, but since the trailer will be wider than my truck I decided to change that to a teardrop because I didn't want to pull a wall. Wish me luck.
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What I started with
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Decided to change the shape
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Original plan long before I bought the trailer.
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:30 pm

Making progress
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I decided to use 1/4" OSB on the bottom of the trailer to hold the floor insulation in place
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:32 pm

More progress
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The actual floor will be 19/32" OSB that will be covered with a laminate
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I sealed the bottom with a roll of water and ice
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby GPW » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:56 pm

Water and Ice … ??? a “membrane" … ? :o
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:23 am

GPW wrote:Water and Ice … ??? a “membrane" … ? :o


It’s a sticky tar paper for sealing the edge of a roof. I melted it to the trailer with a little hand torch.
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby GPW » Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:10 pm

Oh Cool !!! Never tried that before … Hmmmm??? :thinking: ( more testing !!!) ;)
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:09 am

GPW wrote:Oh Cool !!! Never tried that before … Hmmmm??? :thinking: ( more testing !!!) ;)


I think it should do well, especially once the weather warms up and it really seals to the wood.
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:22 am

Finally got the floor bolted down and insulated. Now just finishing the decking. Those $5 OSB/Plywood circular saw blades are home depot are awesome.
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby GPW » Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:47 am

ST , I’d think it would be a Great idea to really soak that OSB floor with “the Mix “ to absolutely waterproof it … From our recent experience , the waterproofing can greatly increase the durability and longevity of the OSB flooring … We didn’t use it on ours ( forgot and was in a rush) and 5 years later we had to replace the floor entirely … Had we waterproofed it , it would have been fine …
And also we’d HIGHLY RECOMMEND using some "drip edges” all around to keep any repetitive moisture off your flooring … :thumbsup:

Ps … the Mix is 75% common Mineral Spirits , and 25% Polyurethane Varnish … well proven , well worth the effort. ;) Soak it in till it won’t take any more … once treated, a water drop will just sit on top and evaporate , never even wetting the OSB … We treat ALL our wood with it now . 8)
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:09 am

GPW wrote:ST , I’d think it would be a Great idea to really soak that OSB floor with “the Mix “ to absolutely waterproof it … From our recent experience , the waterproofing can greatly increase the durability and longevity of the OSB flooring … We didn’t use it on ours ( forgot and was in a rush) and 5 years later we had to replace the floor entirely … Had we waterproofed it , it would have been fine …
And also we’d HIGHLY RECOMMEND using some "drip edges” all around to keep any repetitive moisture off your flooring … :thumbsup:

Ps … the Mix is 75% common Mineral Spirits , and 25% Polyurethane Varnish … well proven , well worth the effort. ;) Soak it in till it won’t take any more … once treated, a water drop will just sit on top and evaporate , never even wetting the OSB … We treat ALL our wood with it now . 8)


That's a good idea, thanks. :thumbsup:
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:16 am

Got the bunk bed built
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:31 am

I finished framing the dinette/queen size bed. I've decided to nix the galley since this is my first build. My next build won't be for a family of five, so I'll put a galley in that one.
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby zzzizxz » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:45 pm

How's this coming? Any new progress now that the weather is starting to turn warm?
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:35 am

zzzizxz wrote:How's this coming? Any new progress now that the weather is starting to turn warm?

It's still a little cold up here, but I decided to go away from that bulky bunk bed and build a new one out of 2x2s like the dinette, which I will finish this weekend and post some updates.
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:23 am

Got some work done of the new bunk bed, and skinned the dinette.
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