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Old 02-10-2010, 07:14 PM   #101
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Cut out looks great man. I would definitely put the gas shocks on the door. You wont regret it.
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Old 02-11-2010, 01:34 PM   #102
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Didnt you say that you wanted to put the batteries on a pullout tray? If so, I think mounting the hinge on the bottom and putting a restricter on the sides to hold the door out from the body would be good. Or mount the door on the end of the tray just like other drawers. But then that would mean needing two handles with at least 4 locking points, kinda like a safe door.
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Old 02-11-2010, 02:28 PM   #103
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You also could just screw the door directly into the batteries. I don't see any problems that could cause.
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:00 AM   #104
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I miss all that open space to work in mine. Now that walls and cabinets are up, it makes for tight working on rainy days. Looks great though man.
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:27 PM   #105
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Smitty,

How are you attaching piano hinge on your access door?
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Old 02-13-2010, 08:57 AM   #106
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When you get around to it can you snap a close up of that hinge placement I am doing something similar to yours but underneath the floor. Thus far the angle iron will be in a different config. than yours(basically a box) leaving a flange for weather strip and a flange for the floor/sides of the box. The problem is the hinge will be on the exterior as to not create a gap or offset. I need to be water "resistant" and I would like to hide the hinge leaving a place for a drip edge(angle iron). I am curious if you would really need a piano hinge for yours. The rub rail provides all the stiffness you could want.

I like to put things together and "stare" at them awhile. Sometimes I'll get a chair and sit there just looking at it. My wife thinks I'm wasting time. In this case I'd rather use your learning curve seein' how you're ahead of me in the build.

Lots of welding to do today.
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Old 02-13-2010, 04:13 PM   #107
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Wow looks like you moving along once again on the project. Its looking great! I cant wait to see your end result with the battery doors/compartment. I'll have to keep it in mind. I like the windows too, but think I'm going to stick with RV windows because I think they will look better in the end (just a personal choice). Keep up the good work.

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Old 02-15-2010, 09:51 PM   #108
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Wow Smitty look's like you got it go'in on. Makes me wish I could have rasised my roof but i had to get in mine as soon as I could. Im not drag'in my head but a 12 inch lift would be nice. But I don't see nut'in wrong with that, carry on1
Nope!! More like 18" to 24". That way you can insalate the floor with 2" and raident floor heat.
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:06 PM   #109
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electric or liquid? Or both?
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:55 PM   #110
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Just wondering how thick your exterior walls are going to be once finished?
Its looking good.

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