Most everyone has a different hatch configuration.

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what type hatch do you have covering your galley

No hatch my galley slides out the side
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No votes
My hatch is goes inside the walls
7
12%
My hatch goes outside the walls
7
12%
my hatch is cut into the walls and is part of the walls when it is closed
7
12%
mine is canvas
0
No votes
mine is a very small hatch and does not touch the walls
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No votes
my hatch slides like a pocket door
0
No votes
my hatch opens in the middle or left side or right side
0
No votes
no hatch
3
5%
my hatch is at the rear of the trailer
16
28%
my hatch is at the front of the trailer
0
No votes
my hatch locks from the middle
8
14%
my hatch locks from the sides
10
17%
my hatch lock is much different see below
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 58

Most everyone has a different hatch configuration.

Postby Ron Dickey » Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:46 am

So what is yours and why did you do it that way :scratchthinking:

And if you care say if you like it or how you would change it.

Does it leak and if so where also how did you fix it.

also hatch lock where is it.

Is there a reason you went with the hatch you have, I know some people we by plans and if so did you change it or have to alter it to make it work?

All us little hatchlings :lol: want to know your experiences. :thinking:
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Re: Most everyone has a different hatch configuration.

Postby Ron Dickey » Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:53 am

oops I left out lies on top of the walls which is what the Box Kite does. it has not leaked uses two hinges with anti skid strip like you would put on a walk way runs across the opening on top and door strip that I found at HD.

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Re: Most everyone has a different hatch configuration.

Postby GuitarPhotog » Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:35 pm

My 65-year old trailer has an interesting hatch/body sealing method. There are interlocking U-channels on the hatch and the side walls (hatch fits between) so that there is an overlap between hatch and body channel. The channel attached to the body simply drains the water straight to the ground at the back corners of the galley. The system works very well, I get almost zero water intrusion even when towing the trailer in a rain storm.

There are two down sides to this simple system: 1) it's not dust proof, so at the end of a long day's tow, the galley is full of road grit and dust and has to be wiped down. 2) As I mentioned, the water simply drains out at each rear corner of the galley, right onto the galley carpet and right at my feet when I'm working in the galley. One of my winter projects will be a gutter of some kind to move the water away from the trailer.

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Re: Most everyone has a different hatch configuration.

Postby rowerwet » Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:43 pm

mine is inside the side walls, I'm not happy with it at all. I have mental plans to make a foam tail for my TD with the side walls cut flush with the counter top, the rest of the rear profile will be part of the hatch. it may or may not happen this year.
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Re: Most everyone has a different hatch configuration.

Postby len19070 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:46 am

Just for something different I built a Rear entrance with a small (43" wide) slide out galley.

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Re: Most everyone has a different hatch configuration.

Postby Shadow Catcher » Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:41 pm

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I really needed to check more than one box. The hatch is part of the structure of the rear and the central latch would work itself open bouncing down the road so I added two Perko marine latches, makes for a secure and adjustable setup. Seals are neoprene D seals that sit in and very securely seal the hatch.
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Re: Most everyone has a different hatch configuration.

Postby Ron Dickey » Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:01 am

Shadow Catcher wrote:96129
I really needed to check more than one box. The hatch is part of the structure of the rear and the central latch would work itself open bouncing down the road so I added two Perko marine latches, makes for a secure and adjustable setup. Seals are neoprene D seals that sit in and very securely seal the hatch.

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Re: Most everyone has a different hatch configuration.

Postby Mary C » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:02 pm

If i ever get mine finished I could begin to answer . :?

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Re: Most everyone has a different hatch configuration.

Postby len19070 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:46 am

I've always had a different approach to building a hatch. Instead of building heavy to prevent "Spring Back", Use materials that Don't "Spring Back" :?

I use FRP and Aluminum.

I build 2 outside rails, 1" thick (by using 2 pieces of 1/2") And cross spars. Then I cover the outside with FRP, good side in extending 1 1/2 past the rails on both sides.

FRP does not "Spring Back" and is strong enough when bowed around the hatch to not flex...as well as being stable enough to Triangulate the hatch.

I also install a second sheet of FRP on the inside, good side in as a finish.

2 sheets is more than enough, then sheath the outside with Aluminum.

I seal the outside edges with this;
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I know, I know. But doesn't water get into the sides?

No! I build the sides in 3" at the hatch, and run the outside corner molding straight through. This is a very common area for leaks. The FRP/Aluminum extends 1 1/2" past the galley opening and I put a second outside insert molding on the inside of the galley.

This insert molding is 3/8" tall with a vinyl insert that acts as the hatch's seal. Plus I extend the offset Hurricane hinge past the galley opening.

For the water to get in it has to run down, make a right or left hand turn, run up hill and jump over a 3/8" tall molding that is under the FRP/Aluminum.

In addition the 2 outside corner insert moldings create a good Trough for the water to run down there by directing the water out and off the trailer.

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Plus I extend the offset Hurricane hinge past the galley opening.
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These shots are from 3 different trailers of mine, but the theory is still the same.

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Re: Most everyone has a different hatch configuration.

Postby tony.latham » Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:25 pm

Mine fell into "part of the wall" in this poll.

I used Steve Fredrick's method he illistrates in his teardrop "Shop Manual." I think it's the cat's meow. The dog's woof. :thumbsup:
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Re: Most everyone has a different hatch configuration.

Postby halfdome, Danny » Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:28 pm

Len, What is "this" called? Where is it available?
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Re: Most everyone has a different hatch configuration.

Postby len19070 » Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:52 pm

halfdome, Danny wrote:Len, What is "this" called? Where is it available?
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Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

This is the product.

Its available in many different sizes and this is where I get it.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/370511442916?ss ... 1423.l2649

http://stores.ebay.com/R-and-P-Carriage ... d=13922267

Look at R&P Carriages store, there a very reputable outfit.

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