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Old 05-30-2012, 07:22 AM   #11
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That light came out so nice, love to see a well done modification!
thanks, guys!

this thing must have been stored outside (no longer), because the front end is little sun faded... no problem, my usual "Texas Paint Restore Kit" and a little elbow grease, back to new... a few showing how much of a difference it makes.

i'm waxing the entire camper, but the front was the part that needed it most... gonna probably go with the 3M marine on this part, as it seems to have a bit more bite, and will probably last longer....
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:31 AM   #12
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also, got the first camp out of the way... baby squid caught her first muddy Texas waves.... camper stays home for a few weeks, however... it's fishing time.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:43 PM   #13
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ok... here we go with a few mods i was talking about...

you know, you guys should see what i've done to my skiff...


the mrs. wanted a way to step up into the bunk... it's a lot higher than our pop up, and the baby needs to climb up as well... i figured a box, with a hinged lid, a couple of saris fork mounts... and good to go... i staggered the mounts to make sure the handlebars didn't conflict.. one up top and back on the left... one down low and front on the right... it worked on the garage floor...

went out to dad's shop (he doesn't have every tool.. he has two of every tool)... rummaged around for some scrap, in this case baltic birch plywood, 1/2"....i consider this a prototype, and plan to build one that matches the finish/color of the rest of the camper... it has a dado'd bottom for strength... if anyone wants a drawing, dimensions, or a cut sheet, i can furnish... but this version is a bit rough. the final will be out of 3/4", stained to match and no awful exposed piano hinge....


the box is mounted to the side of the dinette, with three through-bolts, lock washers, fender washers, and also angled countersunk into the bottom of the bulkhead, with long drywall screws.... no screws in the floor, yet, untill i see if this works out ok... as it is, it's very solid, and i don't think it needs to be mounted to the floor.

i have to say, that dinette is WAYYYY out of square.. i used a full 1/4" shim in there, and that's only 10" of run-out.. that can't be right.. i know the box is square. (see the gap on the front edge?)

i already copied the finish with a few doors i made... yeah, dad also had the right bit setup to shape the jayco doors to a match, raised panels and all... and the stain isn't much of a stretch... or as dad put it, "close enough for a camper" (more on that later)

i'll post a few photos with the bikes installed, and the bungee setup to keep them planted to the floor... sure wish i could figure out how to get that third bike in there... hmmmmm.... i'll have to get my pet spider monkey to sinch the forks down...


yes i managed a fing-mangler (brad point bits are sharp)... and a bit of field first aid...


i also installed a shelf system in the 'pantry' under the television... shelf pins and holes, with a good lip to keep things from falling out... sorry for the sideways photos... i'll fix those later... i'm lazy.



we're heading back home in a few weeks for a long camp (pensacola), so i hope to get a few more mods done...
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:19 PM   #14
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Nice mods. I am thinking about doing a box/bike mount myself.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:43 PM   #15
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thanks, Doc.

well... the jury is still out, but i plan to test it out tomorrow, and mount a couple of bikes... still working on a few other items as well.

i'm still not sure if i want to do the front storage mod, as i'm not sure i need that much more storage... but it will have to wait, regardless...


stay tuned.. more to come!
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:04 AM   #16
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Squid, nicely done! Thanks for sharing. My little girl is 22 now. Noticed that they started using the bird decal again, your daughter must think that's neat. I want to build a sliding drawer for the back of my truck. Tired of having to jump in to get stuff from the back. Will be in the trailer tomorrow and off to California till the 3rd of Aug. Than I can do more mods to catch up to you.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:41 AM   #17
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Squid, nicely done! Thanks for sharing. My little girl is 22 now. Noticed that they started using the bird decal again, your daughter must think that's neat. I want to build a sliding drawer for the back of my truck. Tired of having to jump in to get stuff from the back. Will be in the trailer tomorrow and off to California till the 3rd of Aug. Than I can do more mods to catch up to you.
as you might see from a few photos, i built a thing in the back of the truck that divides the top and bottom halves, with the cap on... carpet on top...

sure makes it nice to lock stuff up, out of sight... plus, you can sleep back there in a pinch. though i've gotten 8 hours back there, i don't recommend it....

it keeps things from sliding/banging around as well. also pretty cool to slide out at the beach (it's heavy, but easier to get in and out that you might imagine).. we have a big patio umbrella that goes in a spot in the middle...

i have a sliding drawer built for one side of it, but have never put it in...
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PUGs and windows

a few shots of the Pop Up Gizmos installled, as well as a few shots of the cutouts i made for the windows and tent sides... let me tell you, the camper sure is dark with everything installed... we basically just cover up the windows that are getting direct sunlight, and leave the others without.

the PUGs hold tight and at the top, i used a few heavy duty woodworking style bessy pinch clamps. work great.

a couple of the windows needed a little two sided velcro to hold, but most it just tucks inside the window frame.

the ones inside the tent screen simply slide in after you unzip the side... then zip back up... presto!

it's nice to have those dark tents sides! sure makes it easy to sleep in if you want to!
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:49 PM   #19
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yes, even the 'fast cure' you need to let set for a day... which i did.


it's about to get a wash and wax job... so tempted to use my 3M marine wax on the camper as well, but i think i'll just go with the mequire's number 6....
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I went with the Meguiar's Flagship Premium Marine Wax. Easy application and removal and great glossy shine.
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thinking of trying some of that on my boat next time... i've used mequire's stuff for years, with nothing but good things to say about them... i do think the 'marine' grade waxes hold up better...
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