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Trim alternatives??

Postby rampage » Sat May 20, 2006 10:30 pm

I was wondering if anyone knows of trim other than aluminum angle that could be used for TD's? I was thinking along the lines of a black bendable plastic or something like that. Thanks for any help.
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Postby alaska teardrop » Sat May 20, 2006 11:11 pm

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Postby Hardin Valley Magic » Sun May 21, 2006 12:17 am

Wow 420 for 250 ft. could do a lot of trimming.... :lol:
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Postby Kens » Sun May 21, 2006 8:35 am

I would love to use something other than aluminum. I have been looking for something local still looking.
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Postby Ira » Sun May 21, 2006 9:00 am

The problem with the plastics in the form you want is the UV resistance--they'll break down and crack pretty quickly. I was also considering some kind of rubber, but again, that dries out and cracks too.
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Postby Darren » Sun May 21, 2006 11:28 am

I took madjacks advise and went to a local RV dealer yesterday. They have the same trim he used in 14' pieces for $16.49 plus I got a 530 page catalog from them. Now I need to figure out how to get the trim home, probably be taking a hacksaw with me. :lol: I searched a long time for trim alternatives and Trim-Loc has some that would work but like Ira said I don't think they would hold up in the sun. The RV shop also carrys a more traditional teardrop style trim that's 1 1/8" x 5/8" in 14' lengths for $12.25 each. I didn't see anything while searching that I thought would work on the door trim.
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Trim alt . . . .

Postby rooster » Sun May 21, 2006 11:36 am

Victor, you might check out the local RV dealers, they carry trim. I got mine from a fellow the builds campers. The trim was 16' and just used some duct tape and tapped them to the right side of the truck and drove 175 miles home. Just a thought.

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Postby Darren » Sun May 21, 2006 12:09 pm

That could work. Actually the longest continous piece I need is 100" so I might just cut it. I'd hate to scratch up the side of my blazer any more than it is already. Thanks and I'll keep that in mind.
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Postby madjack » Sun May 21, 2006 12:10 pm

...think again about the Trim-Lok...that lip guard and other of their trims are manufactured of the automotive and transportation OEM industry for trim on the OUTSIDE of vehicles...they make some pretty good stuff...don't they Fred... ;)
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Postby rampage » Sun May 21, 2006 12:18 pm

Ira wrote:The problem with the plastics in the form you want is the UV resistance--they'll break down and crack pretty quickly. I was also considering some kind of rubber, but again, that dries out and cracks too.

I know what you're saying about the UV protection. I was thinking about the same stuff they make that fender trim out of on commercial type trucks. Actually, werent you gonna use that for a drip guard over your door? I think that would look cool.

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Postby alaska teardrop » Sun May 21, 2006 4:01 pm

rampage wrote:
Ira wrote:The problem with the plastics in the form you want is the UV resistance--they'll break down and crack pretty quickly. I was also considering some kind of rubber, but again, that dries out and cracks too.

I know what you're saying about the UV protection. I was thinking about the same stuff they make that fender trim out of on commercial type trucks. Actually, werent you gonna use that for a drip guard over your door? I think that would look cool.
    Rampage, From this link you can click on 'View Catalogue' in red at top corner for specifications. Or E-mail for a catalogue to determine your part # and then ask for dealers that stock & sell your part by the foot. :thumbsup:
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    ...think again about the Trim-Lok...that lip guard and other of their trims are manufactured of the automotive and transportation OEM industry for trim on the OUTSIDE of vehicles...they make some pretty good stuff...don't they Fred...
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    Photos taken this morning showing examples of how I used Trim-Lok parts. Sorry not washed. :oops: The quaint dimples in the Lip Guard are the row of rivets sealed over.
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Postby Darren » Sun May 21, 2006 7:54 pm

I didn't think the trim-loc was UV safe, now I know.

Fred - It looks like you used the PLGB lip guard on the outside curve and the edges below the hatch. Can you tell us what you used for the doors and how are you sealing the hatch? Thanks.
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Homemade Trim

Postby Dee Bee » Sun May 21, 2006 7:55 pm

As I built the Zephyr TD I was interested in keeping cost down. I discovered that at a nearby construction site they were throwing away vinyl sill pieces from an instalation of replacement windows. The job boss said I could have them. I collected an arm load and went back to by building one happy camper.

Using a table saw I cut these down to size and trimmmed the door and bottom of the walls with this found trim. Since I couldn't figure out how to bend the stuff I still used aluminum on the hatch. But I didn't want to aneal the metal so I took an easy way out. I cut slots in the side that would receive the bend of the curve. Hope the pics are self explanitory

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Postby Micro469 » Sun May 21, 2006 10:26 pm

Hey Fred!!! How come theres no snow in them there pictures??

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Postby alaska teardrop » Mon May 22, 2006 1:08 am

Victor Star wrote:Fred - It looks like you used the PLGB lip guard on the outside curve and the edges below the hatch. Can you tell us what you used for the doors and how are you sealing the hatch? Thanks.
    Victor, The alumimum flange around the door is 1/8". As shown in the 3rd pic, the perimeter trim is EGB7/16 Edge Guard w/ hot melt adhesive. The seal is X-125BT Rubber seal w/ butyl 3M tape and seals against the body. The trunk lid is also 1/8" and uses the same trim & seal.
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