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Gman's Adventure trailer build thread.

Discussion in 'RV / Trailers / Camping' started by gmanpaint, May 15, 2018.

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    1. gmanpaint

      gmanpaint Back in 5 minutes Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Yeah, you totally get it.

      Time to give them names. :)


      Stabbin Cabin. lol We used to call the ice shanties that, when winter lake fishing, up towards Canada Eh.
       
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      gmanpaint Back in 5 minutes Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Cross member on. Wiring made with Anderson connectors. Winch on, and new cover.

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      gmanpaint Back in 5 minutes Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      How about.... No thanks, you can hold the cheese, and how about, not posting and deleting later on, screwing up post counts? Eh?

      :salute:
       
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      gmanpaint Back in 5 minutes Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Have to make my own kitchen slide out. Twas a pipe dream, thinking I could just buy one.

      Dear Santa:

      Gman needs a new table saw, a new router (w/bits), and lots of big wood clamps.

      P.S. I haz cookies, I haz milk, but can get whisky if preferred.
       
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      Trailer stuffing for Turkey day...

      A Ridgid Hybrid 475 cfm 10" fan. Runs off the 18v batteries or an extension cord.

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      22" Ridgid case. IP67, with lid gasket, parts bin case stacked & locked on top.

      Husky 750 Lumen Led light & Usb charger for the 18v tool batteries

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      Pelican style cases IP67
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      Finally got the battery charge cable hooked up and ready to connect to the tow rig. Added the chains, but have to shorten them a bit.

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      Swapped the glass 100 amp fuse for a 100 amp circuit breaker, for the incoming power from the rig to batteries. I like the on/off with a push of a button on these things, plus don't have to replace them if they pop. Now every major circuit has one of these.

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      I have a handheld 40 channel Midland CB I carry for a spare. I decided to use the stuff I already had, and add it to the trailer. The CB will be held in one of those knock off brand pelican cases from Harbor Freight, and in a side box. It has multiple power hookups, with rechargeable batteries, or a 12v plug in. It also has it's own antennae, but also has an plug in for a regular coax antennae. I mounted the 5 ft firestick to the rack upright. It sticks up past the tent by about 1.5 ft. I need a HD spring for it still. Just have to plug in for power, and connect the coax, and ready for use if needed at base camp. One day I will get a handheld Ham and license for it.

      Pardon the plastic and drops. I covered it to keep it clean while working near it.

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      For when we are kicking back at camp, and it's pitch black out, I got 8 mini pod lights that change color, and has a remote. They can dim, motion sensor, timers, and might change a tire if asked nice. I attached rare earth magnets to them, and can move them around where ever I want. They will be stored away when not in use.

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      They do Green & bright white too.

      Last but not least, I made the control panel cover. All Aluminum frame and alum tread plate, alum rivets, stainless hinge and screws/bolts. Used a mini fulcrum latch, and had to make my own bracket to the box for it.

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      I plan on making a switch ID label, laminate it, and attach to the back side of the cover.

      Dear Santa...... Please send Elves with wood working tools, and have them help me build the camp kitchen. I still haz cookies and bourbon for you. K, thanks.

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      OK, call it finished and take it camping. Report back
       
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      Only about 70% done. Going to be a while before any real use happens. Interior build is over the winter, and shooting for early spring for maiden voyage.

      Long list of items still.....Water storage, and plumbing. Hot water shower. Kitchen build. Electrical & Solar install. Storage compartments. Fridge/freezer build. Specific gear to buy. Onboard Air, and more. All of which are expensive to do, and can only do as can afford over time.

      I wish I had the extra cheese to just finish it all at once, but I threw the big sack of cheddar, at the beginning of this build, to get it where it is now. Sacrificed a lot for that, and have to build that back up. Winter is my slow time for work, so yeah, just doing what I can for now. Which is alright, gives me something to do, and I like that. Getting a kick out making something from nothing. I still get wide eyed every time I see this thing. Pretty cool feeling to say "Wow, I built that". Even though there isn't many folk here, interested in this sort of thing, I'm thankful I get to share the experience with Y'all.

      The tow rig is down with electrical issues, and is also being repaired (hopefully) over this winter. Until that's sorted, this trailer ain't rolling anywhere.
       
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      When the main cabins large dome light was installed in the center of the rearward compartment, I didn't think of the sensor switch. It has to be touched to activate, and it was too far away from the rear door to reach easily. I decided to remedy that today.

      Made a new aluminum bracket for it. I had some black powder coated 1" sq alum tube left over from a custom handrail job, they worked perfect for this. Hey, I'm a recycler! :D Ends are 1-1/4" alum angle, and some 1/8" alum flat stock for the light.

      This bracket spans the center frame rail, and the rear frame rail, with the light in the middle. 4 self tap bolts and it's secure as the Pope Mobile. It's now easily reached from the rear cabin door. This light is amazing. Blue soft light when idle, and 3 brightness settings to it, all with a touch sensor switch. On High, it's too bright to look into. On low, it's nice and easy on the eyes. Powder coated aluminum, and HD shock resistant. Them Aussies don't mess around.

      The bracket & light loose, ready for install.

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      Installed, snug as a bug.

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      Switched on (front section lights on too)

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      And a diff view of the front 3 10w led pods turned on

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      This light is brighter than all 3 of those pod lights up front, and lights up every sq inch of the rear compartment.

      Trying to make progress with materials and Items I already have on hand. Work has already slowed to a stand still for the winter, so yeah....Priorities.

      I have a few things I can do still with what I have, so hopefully that keeps me busy until work picks back up.

      Adios MoFo's!!
       
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      I lost the cover for the Blue Sea fuse box in the Tongue box. I searched everywhere for it with no luck.

      I went on their website, to buy a replacement. Couldn't find just the cover, so I emailed them asking if they would sell me just the cover.

      They responded a few hours later, and said they don't sell them in the catalogs or list them individually on the website, but would send me one.... For free!

      I replied thanking the person. To my surprise, they replied back. This time the person says, they are sending me an entire unit complete, to use the cover, and keep the fuse box for a spare, then wished me Happy Holidays. Wow! How cool was that! These things aren't cheap for what they are.


      It arrived today, as told! Sweeeeet Christmas!!

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      Remember Kids.... If you want good Karma, do good things, and do them often. ;)
       
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