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

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  1. gmanpaint

    gmanpaint It's Always Something! Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Seems this thread is dead, but I'm still here with another boring update!!

    Fridge slide has returned from the powder coating shop. Looks fantastic! So glad I went ahead and splurged on this item. :) The powder is Hammertone Black, 60% gloss.

    I made the base to lift it up off the trailer floor, to clear the cabins side door that this will exit from. I ended up going with a 1.25" lift using a sheet of 3/4" & 1/2" Baltic Birch Ply. I wanted an extra 1/4" height to let the slider's lock nuts to clear the door opening better. (Remember last post telling the width widens as the opening rises). The top gained 1/2" width because of these locknuts.

    After cutting the ply (3 pcs), I countersunk 16 (ea) 1" R2 head SS screws and fastened the two layers from the bottom. Sanded all edges flush, then stained, and 3 coats of spar urethane gloss to match the trailer floor.

    slide wood base 1.jpg
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    After assembling and adjusting the slides back on the unit, it was held in place to the base with a couple wood screws/washers to mark and drill the 3/8" mounting bolt holes. I had to drill a couple holes into the base's top latch pc, to be able to get a drill bit from the top, thru the base, and into the trailer floor. Hated to do that after the powder coating, but I painted the fresh drill holes to match with some good old Rustoleum. I swapped out the slides 1/2" bolts with 3/4" bolts, and then cut off the extending bolts flush with the locknut. 1/2" bolt just didn't make it past the locknuts nylon by 1/16" or less. Bummer. All good now!

    Fridge slide coated closed.jpg
    Fridge slide coated open 1.jpg
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    It is now ready for install in the trailer. Will get to it soon. Pictures don't do this any justice. It's way bigger than it looks, and it looks way better in person. I'm very happy with myself on this item. (pats self on back)
     
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    CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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    I like it, all of it. You do great work, get it done and then go enjoy it.
     
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  4. gmanpaint

    gmanpaint It's Always Something! Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Thanks Don. Easier said than done unfortunately.

    Still have the axles to sort out. Still have a hurt tow rig to contend with. Still have a few more items on the build list, for this to do. Still have limited funds for both projects.

    It will get out there eventually, but one thing at a time, as I can handle it.
     
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    Drilled the holes for the 3/8"x3" SS bolts, and mounted the slide to the floor. Large fender washers on the underside bolt heads.

    I placed the 70 quart Coleman Marine cooler on it, and it fit no problem. I then found that the 54 quart Ozark trail (Yeti knockoff) is the same size as the 70 quart. The 54 quart is at least 5 times heavier, so I used it for the mock up. A 54 quart fridge I'm looking at is the same size as this cooler, and since there is some room to spare, I might go for a larger 65 quart dual zone fridge/freezer.

    The 1" over extension slides worked out perfect. The lid can be opened fully with room to spare next to the cabin. This thing is solid. Smooth operation opening & closing, and the lock latch works flawlessly. :)

    All the way in the cabin Dr side

    cooler in 2.jpg

    Pulled out view from front of trailer

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    Pulled out view from rear of trailer

    cooler on slide out 2.jpg

    I put 100 lbs of weight in the cooler. When fully extended, the slide doesn't show any signs of disturbance from the weight on it at all. I believe this can be called a successful mod.

    Spindle removal, weld inspection, then Axle alignment shims install is next on the to do list.
     
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    Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to...........Scratch that.

    So I feel like a dumbass right now. I didn't test the water system out before I built the rear kitchen stuffs. I decided to test it out today. Thought it would take like 30 mins. Uh, yeah right.

    1 hr searching for the dang hose end quick disconnect for a long hose. Gave up, and just used the short coil line.
    30 mins to set up and throw 10 gals of water in it. 25 mins searching for the hose inline on/off valve I recently purchased.
    15 mins to remember I disconnected the pumps power at the circuit breaker.
    30 mins to repair the air line that blew from the compressor to the wall plumbing. Had to find a barbed brass doohickey.
    Powered up, primed the pump, and let her rip.

    The good:
    Awesome pressure from this system!! I mean wow! This is going to be great!

    The bad:
    The hoses leak at the connections. Drip, drip, drip....

    30 mins to empty the rear kitchen I stocked up with gear, and remove the entire thing, one section at a time.
    Thank the maker, I decided to add that access door on the box wall! I can reach in and tighten the clamps from it.

    30 minute lunch break, and back to it. 3:15 hrs into it so far. LMAO!!

    Back to work!!!! Will update after. :D

    Edit:
    5 hours later, 2 trips to Lowes, and all the interior leaks are fixed. Had to redo the line from the filter to the bulkhead as nothing was working. The plastic 3/4" elbow just wouldn't seal, no matter what I did. Ended up with a 90* brass elbow for a water spigot. New hose, and put female 3/4" brass on both ends. I tried garden hose quick disco's, but they leaked. lol

    Ended up taking the lid off just to make it easier on myself. Since it was apart, I coated the wall ends that showed past the drawers, with red Mahogany poly shade. Will put another coat on soon, and let it set up overnight before I put the kitchen back in.

    30 mins = 8+ hours for me. Was cool to see the great water pressure. Glad I got a pressure adjustable handle for it. Would be able to go thru 30 gals in 10 mins at full blast. Now to find that "Safe place" I put that quick disco at.

    It's hell getting old. CRS set's in fast.
     
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    That's standard procedure for me it seems. Nothing goes smoothly.
     
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    LOL, your telling me!

    I pulled the tape from the new stain/poly coatings, put the kitchen back together, and seen I needed to go about 1/4" farther with the stain. Yup, left a 1/4" bare wood along the kitchen front. lol I mean all the wood has clear coat on it, so it's not bare, just not stained on the insides.

    Broke out the stain poly coat again, got that done. Packed the gear back in the kitchen. I added a rubber locking handle used on Yeti type coolers to the drawers. Extra security to hold it together, and took out a tiny bit of play I had in the bottom drawer slide out. Nice & tight now.

    Still haven't found that "Safe storage place" for the quick hose disco. FML
     
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    needs to mark wall with pencil. Pencil lead breaks. Walk to garage pencil sharpener. Start with the elbow motion and one screw holding it to workbench breaks off. Mess with extracting for 15 minutes, find new screw. Grab cordless drill, oops battery is dead. plug in charger, decide a different slot on the power strip would be better for charger, pull charger plug out of power strip which splits in half and spits out brass guts...
     
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    Ditto, I began moving old wheel/tires to clean and reorganize, then the power goes out while breaking for lunch. Go out and see a flat tire, begin adding air, move car, R&R nail, air pump leaks too much at hose, find other pump, battery dead, ...
    Okay, now I've had supper, time to finish tire washing, then mow, can't trim for darkness. Where did the day go?
     
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    Hahaha!! Sorry to hear my luck has rubbed off on you guys, but damn, you both cracked me up. I mean that in the most friendly way possible too. I feel better now tho. :)
     
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    No spare funds for this thing lately, but I wanted to do something as the rains have stopped me from doing outside stuff.

    I am planning on installing a 40 amp 500 watt DC to DC charge converter to this thing down the road. I needed a good spot close to the batteries to mount it. Hmm....

    I had a half sheet of expanded metal left over, and decided it would make a perfect mount wall for items, such as the Charge converter. Measure, cut, prime, paint. Mount to underside of tongue box lid using the center supports, with right angle brackets, bent at a 90* on one side. Drill out holes, and install small rivnuts. Screws and SS fender washers on the brackets, and utilize the holes made for the light bracket for the bottom of the expanded metal. When the time comes to install the converter, I will move the light and change the brackets to more washer/bolts. Couldn't center it as the holes in the expanded, wouldn't line up to the lower holes. Ah well, I can trim it down later.

    Expanded dc dc mount.jpg

    So, while I had the expanded metal out, I decided to make a divider wall inside next to the fridge slide. I plan on using that lower space next to the fridge for the tent accessories. Annex room, and cold weather hood mainly. I will use a small cargo net to hold it all in place so none of it will hit the inside of the door.

    Pass side view.

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    Mounting bolts to frame. Other side is the same

    Expanded wall mount bolts.jpg

    Thinking of building a slide out on the shelf above to pull out the dr side door, and using that for food storage, and defrost cooler. If I freeze meats, I can place a meal at a time in the defrost cooler in the morning, and have it ready to cook by dinner. This way, I can free up fridge space side for drinks and what not. Yeah, I think too much sometimes. lol
     
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    Rarely does one have money and time at the same time.
    I'm impressed that the desire component is still strong.

    Your an inspiration. and I'll always be jealous of your fabrication skills.
     
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    Thank you kindly sir!

    I'm not married, and still single, but I'm in a committed relationship......with this trailer!

    Still wants me to spend on it, still demands attention, and gets jealous, if I spend to much time on the rigs. Sounds like a relationship to me. :banghead:

    Side note, Dono, your post was the first email notification I received since June 12. Wonder if the recent work done to the server fixed that issue? Hmm...
     
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    I'm not sure about the notifications. They seem 'spotty'.
    Sometimes I don't get them (I didn't get one for your last post). Sometimes I do get them.
     
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    Got a chance to catch up on this thread. Hopefully with a reply I will start getting notifications again.
     
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    I did a few things since you last seen it. :D

    I know it's hard for someone that fabricates a lot, to read posts like these in this thread. Been doing my best to explain things for others who are building, or is interested in building one of these things. They just might find something useful here. Been trying to direct traffic here from the Overland community, in Hope's they join up, and build an explorer too.
     
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    I got about 4 emails today, one was to look in here. The only forum email ---

    So, I logged in. Hi Gman!
     
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    In the spirit of free to me mods, I decided to remount the wind deflector for easier use of the solar panel.

    I had it mounted to the trailer cabin front wall, and in order to deploy the solar panel slide, the tent rack had to be lifted to clear the wind deflector. Originally thought no big deal, as I really wouldn't use it until after tent was setup. I decided against that foolish line of reasoning.

    Made up a new set of aluminum brackets using 1.5" flat stock, and a pc of alum angle to brace the deflector from behind. Drilled a few holes into the alum channel frame I made for the panel, and bolted this bit of kit together with the same stainless hardware used before.

    So now it is attached to the solar panel itself, and can slide out when ever I want to use it. Campsite, parked in piggly wiggly, driveway, on a cliff having lunch, etc...

    Top view of brackets.

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    Bottom view of brackets.

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    Closed.

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    Open.

    Deflector full open.jpg

    While I was working on it, a light bulb went off. I "think" I finally figured a way to make a tilt bracket work for the panel. It's going to need it more so now with that deflector there casting a slight shadow.

    Still no word back from Timbren about the axles. I think it's about time to remind them about me. lol
     
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    Continuing with the free to me mods....

    Back when I installed the doors weather stripping, I ran 3 feet short for the rear door. It takes about 12 feet of it. I added this on the to do list for later. I have looked all over for this stuff by the foot, but even tho some places sell this same weather strip by the foot, they had 10 lf or 25 lf rolls of it. 10 too short, and 25 way too much. 25 lf of it is around $50. So I procrastinated on it thinking I might find it by the actual foot some day.

    Well today I was looking for something, when I stumbled upon some weather strip, I had from a 94 Limited Explorer, I bought for donor parts a few years back. All the weather strip on it was in great shape, so I kept it. Guess what? The rear hatch strip is over 15 lf long. This stuff is bigger than what I had been using, and made a bit different, but the principle method of attachment is the same. I tried it, and it works. :)

    Now this trailer has a little pc of Ford Explorer on it. I don't know if that will jink it, or give it good fortune. LOL

    At least the door has a good seal on it now. The Ford door strip actually has dual bulbs on it. I never noticed that before. The large hollow bulb and a smaller bulb. The smaller bulb pushes against the door frame perfectly, and the big bulb gives it a good extra seal. Corners are a bit crinkled on the big bulb, but that's fine, as the smaller bulb actually seals it. I had to trim the bottom & pass side big bulb, to allow the kitchen to slide out smoothly. It works for now.

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