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Old 04-28-2012, 03:33 PM   #111
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Today before it rained I took out 5 of the 6 uncovered windows on the passenger side and washed them down. While they were drying, I washed the window frames, scraped up the old caulking, and knocked the old rivet posts back into the frame. The windows were reinstalled then caulked using the clear Henry's sealant. Of course, by then it looked like it was going to rain, so I switched gears and went inside to finish up the wall framing.

The inside wall on the passenger side will be broken down into 3 sections:
  • 1) the first window by the door (totally uncovered)
    2) the next 3 windows (bottom half covered)
    3) the last 2 windows (totally covered, but left in place)

The last section is temporary, as I figure out the best layout for my stuff. I was originally going to leave the two windows partially uncovered like the other three, but think I'd rather have a large cabinet for storage than an exterior view. One of the last two windows also won't close completely (it worked before! ), so I'm having to figure out how to fix that before building that wall section.

I'll edit later to add pictures. Right now it's finally stopped raining so I'm going back out to work some more.
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Old 04-28-2012, 06:19 PM   #112
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... I've already picked up a drain for the 'sink' I'm installing (which is no more than a 13 qt stainless steel mixing bowl)
Just an FYI.... If you are looking for a bowl to use as a sink, don't forget to check out the pet supplies sections in stores. They have some nice wide/shallow SS water bowls as well as some nice ceramic water bowls. Just make sure the tail pipe (vanity... bathroom) you get doesn't have the hole in the side for the overflow (which your vessel sink will not have). Filling those overflow holes so the nut still threads over, yet the hole doesn't leak is a pain.
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:24 PM   #113
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I wouldn't use that tubing for drinking water, unless it's listed for that use. I'd stick with pex for all fresh water lines. Some kinds hose will make the water taste bad, and shave minutes from your life.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:50 PM   #114
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Here's a quick photo dump of the stuff I've accomplished in the past couple of weeks:

Bought some mylar emergency blankets and aluminum tape to wrap the insulation panels that were used to blank out the bottom half of the windows.


Here's one wrapped up like a christmas present, all nice and shiney! Hopefully it will reflect the sun to keep out some of the worst heat. You can see the bubble wrap that I considered using at first. Luckily, I looked at it from the outside and decided I didn't want to be but SO Cheezy!


Aluminum tape should withstand the heat and hold the mylar in place.


This is what the windows look like from the outside. Not perfect, but not too bad either.


Some of the foam required some custom carving to get it to fit around and behind stuff. I'm really happy with this 2" stuff.


I also created a template for the ceiling curve and installed the first partition wall. It backed up to the cage framework. The bathroom side will be able to utilize the cage grid, while the bedroom side remains nice and smooth.



And here you can see the final progress as of tonight. I've installed the wall panels on the passenger's side, and am ready to finish the bathroom (outlined in blue). Because the wheel well poked under the cage, I had to build a platform for the reserve toilet buckets to rest on. The actual toilet will rest directly on the floor. Tomorrow I'll start framing out the "seat" box.

It's very exciting to finally see some actual progress in the build. Hopefully, things will fly now!
If I'm diligent and nothing goes wrong, I should be able to do some primitive 'tin tent' camping this Memorial Day weekend.
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:31 AM   #115
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Insulation in the shower was very important to me. Nothing worse than showering in a COLD room!
... well ... except maybe using the toilet in a sauna. I'd say that's pretty bad too.
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:15 PM   #116
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Just a super quick video of the side-wall build.
http://www.youtube.com/user/TygerCub?feature=mhee
I'm a little behind on my videos. There's two more that need to be edited & posted, but all my round-to-its are square. I'll get there eventually.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:01 AM   #117
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bubble wrap for the toilet doesnt work either.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:36 PM   #118
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Quick Fix I had to do last week after realizing I made a mistake...

[flash=640,390:1llnpfbp]http://www.youtube.com/v/N6qmdhpMgkk?version=3&feature=player_profilepage[/flash:1llnpfbp]
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:26 AM   #119
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Another freaking video! Am I the only one who refuses to watch online videos because it plays for a couple of seconds, Then stops while it "loads" some more? Oh wait. I am the only one on campground wifi network! Sorry! But I 'm still not going to bother with it.
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:You're not the only one, living just slightly west of nowhere, we get our signal via an air card. Using a yagi antenna and a booster, I'm able to get a usable signal most of the time, over the hill and through the woods to an antenna about 12 miles away. Phone lines here are so bad we're lucky to hear you talk. I tend to NOT even look at web sites that are heavy on Flash.
I would occasionally like to see a video, most of the time it's not worth the wait, and it uses up bandwith. I don't like getting those messages saying I have used up almost of my monthly allowance.
Cell phones don't work here either.
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