Building the ultimate toyhauler!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by pvangel, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. pvangel

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    I am just looking for some lights at night and maybe run the Fantastic fan off the battery so I think my 12v use will be low? The battery I got was about $100 and I wanted to see how well it worked, didn't want to spend $2-300 on a Optima battery if I didn't need it but might in the future...just not sure yet.

    So far almost everything I have bought has been from Ebay or Depot/Lowes, I tried Google, Amazon but always ended up on Ebay.
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    My latest Ebay purchase showed up today, This is the fun part!

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    PPL gets the vast majority of my business. Good prices, big inventory, knowledgable staff.


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  4. pvangel

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    I did go on the PPL website a few times but did not buy from them, I have heard other people speak highly of PPL as well.
  5. pvangel

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    All in!!! Quicker than my Valentines "date"

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    Helmet, neckbrace hooks,

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    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Very pimp.

    I like the helmet brackets.
  7. pvangel

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    Thanks DD!

    I bought some flexi 1-1/4" tube for the battery vent and it STILL doesn't work...too small, strike 2.

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    It did work for the water tank so at least I'm set there,

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    And wired the water pump switch,which aside from one more 120 outlet I am all wired up!

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    Even has a LED for when it's on.

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  8. pvangel

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    Bed time!

    I pre-cut all the rails at work,

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    All set for 3/8" plywood base,

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    I used some of my ultra sophisticated layout equipment "can-o-screws" to set my double radius rail drop,

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    Evened em up with a block plane,

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    Some time with a belt sander to clean up the drops,

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    Pre assembled to make sure it all fit, and it did!

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    "Wide" body for me and the narrow one for my son, the narrow one will double as a couch so didn't want it to be too wide.

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    Only problem I'm having is that I had convinced my lovely wife Sister Mary Margaret (3 children from immaculate conception automatically grants you sisterhood) that when I lost (outgrew) my carpenters tool belt I lost all my carpentry skills with it, I have not had to fix anything around the house for years but I blew it with this build...

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    And now i'm painting, no idea how to get out of this one....

    But... after examining 100's of color charts and paint chips I have found
    (I had a gallon of paint leftover from another project) the perfect color to match the floor.

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    Now if I can just hide from SMM for another week or two I can finish this trailer :D
  10. pvangel

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    Test fit the beds,

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    I will hinge with a full piano hinge but have not figured out exactly how I will do the legs, I was hoping the whole bed would be stiffer. I probably should have used 1/2" plywood but will stiffen it with some steel that I will mount the legs too. I have a plan but just need to refine it.

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    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Looks like they fold up decent enough. Will you be using any particular type of mattress or just any type?
    Where did you find the hinges from?
    Looks good.
  12. pvangel

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    I have not bought the hinges yet, will check HD tomorrow but have seen them on EBAY in every shape and size, about $20 each.

    Mattress will be foam, [FONT=Arial, Helvetica][SIZE=-1]Lux Foam - Regular from [SIZE=-1]www.thefoamfactory.com

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    3 coats of paint and the bed frames are done,

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    And of course they have to have some diamond plate on the bottom,

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    I have to figure out the folding legs now and get the hinges.

    I can't figure out what to do with the countertop, was going to buy a premade at HD or Loews but according to the Misses the colors weren't right ( I'm color blind but can see diamond plate just fine).

    Interesting fact that I saw a bar sink and faucet that would be perfect for $99 at the HD close to where I work but was in Connecticut at a HD and it was $110, I didn't think that they changed prices between stores and there probably only 30 miles apart.
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    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Market Segmentation.
    It's a nice way for stores to say "we rip people off at every chance we get"

    Thanks for the foam factory link.

    Good call on doing the wood cutting at work. I've done that once in my garage. Covered everything in saw dust. The Jeep, 1/2 a dozen bikes, liquor cabinet, desk, 440ci that's in the corner - everything. Now I can't be bothered to cut wood inside.
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    I HATE cutting anything in my garage, I vacuumed a few times while working on Sunday after cutting the remaining diamond plate and the sanding of the beds. When I rebuild a motor I don't want to worry about a metal shaving or dust getting into my motor. Mechanical shops and woodworking do not go together... I will take everything out of my shop when I am done with the trailer and vacuum every bit I can.

    My custom made shower box finally showed up! Not crazy about the quality of it as the door doesn't close and rattles back and forth about 1/4" but will fix with weather stripping....oh well, nobody cares about quality anymore :(

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    I had it made to fit the outdoor shower heater,

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    At least it fits.

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    38 days till the first race, need to get'er done!
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    OK....I know I have gone to far but really can't stop now... I ordered fabric samples from www.fabric.com to cover the foam I ordered and a pillow for the couch because you know it has to look good...

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    $8.99 a yard for a outdoor fabric which Sister Mary Margaret says is a deal!

    And.... She will sew em up for me. That's a good woman!

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    Am thinking the gray for the mattress/couch cushion and red for the pillows, $54.00 and a dinner out at Mcdonalds (I'll let her supersize)
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    As a Mexican friend of mine would jokingly say "such a white guy!"

    Seriously, you are doing an excellent and interesting thread. Keep up the good work. Maybe the inmates here should take up a collection so that You and Yours could at least hit the Outback ;)


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    Outback is reserved for special occasions like a anniversary, If you bring them there all the time they will expect it.... :lol3
    Applebees maybe but that really is for birthdays...

    And... your right I am such a white guy, you should see me dance...pitiful

    AND on that note I am not using the gray fabric, all red because that's right, I'm a rebel.
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    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    My Transmogrifier build has a friend of mine itching to start something.

    As fate would have it, this ended up in his possession. For FREE.

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    Apparently the interior is decent. The engine and trans were robbed out of it.
    We'll see what happens with it.

    Hijack over.

    Where is Cracker Barrel in your Order of all things Matrimonial?
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    Cracker Barrel is only for when my Mother is in town...I thought everybody knew that?

    Nice rv.. throw a 318 in her and get many more miles.