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Old 10-22-2015, 01:54 PM   #1
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Somethin' Happened!!

Allright, I'm finally starting a conversion thread since I finally completed something noteworthy.

2000 Intl 3800 T444e w/ AT545 slushbox.
My ole' lady and I plan to turn it into an off-grid style full time home for us and our dogs. I have a 1kw solar setup in the works for power and plan on using propane for cooking/hot water and backup heat, and a small wood stove for primary heating during the winter. I just finally completed the roof raise. I took it up 16 inches with some 5/8" all-thread and some home made brackets. I'll be putting in another row of bolts on all the extension pieces, I figure 4 Grade 8 bolts and washers with nylock nuts per rib should hold them in nicely.

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Old 10-22-2015, 01:57 PM   #2
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Some of the roughest looking welds ever, but they held nicely... Still Have to finish the bracing in the front and back, but its getting closer...




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Old 10-22-2015, 02:50 PM   #3
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way to go!
Enjoying the extra space yet?
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Old 10-22-2015, 02:52 PM   #4
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Did you install a threaded rod "jack" at each window pillar or just one on each corner and the middle?
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Old 10-22-2015, 03:12 PM   #5
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way to go!
Enjoying the extra space yet?
Yep, first order of business was raising my arms over my head and waving them like i just didn't care...

And I used 4 pieces of all-thread to do the raise. Two at the front and two in the rear. I made two more for the center posts but I ended up not using them. The 4 i used were more than enough to support the weight of the roof...
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Good job...now hurry up before snow starts
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Let me also remind people that there is more than one way to skin a cat, the research has been done and it's all good and they are happy so keep it civil....
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Good job...now hurry up before snow starts
Seriously... Taking measurements for the sheet metal skin tonight after work, and I'll order it tomorrow. Cut orders are usually ready within a week around here so hopefully next weekend I'll have her all skinned... Insulation and sub-flooring are already purchased and ready to go in as soon as its enclosed.

On a side note, I'm planning on doing 2" of insulation on the floor then plywood subflooring and then flooring on top of that. Anybody living in the Rockies (U.S. or Canadian) that would recommend more than 2" of floor insulation? There will be 4" of foam board on the walls and 4" on the ceiling as well... I'm just not sure if 2" on the floor will be enough...
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Let me also remind people that there is more than one way to skin a cat, the research has been done and it's all good and they are happy so keep it civil....
Exactly...

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Old 10-22-2015, 05:15 PM   #10
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Seriously... Taking measurements for the sheet metal skin tonight after work, and I'll order it tomorrow. Cut orders are usually ready within a week around here so hopefully next weekend I'll have her all skinned... Insulation and sub-flooring are already purchased and ready to go in as soon as its enclosed.

On a side note, I'm planning on doing 2" of insulation on the floor then plywood subflooring and then flooring on top of that. Anybody living in the Rockies (U.S. or Canadian) that would recommend more than 2" of floor insulation? There will be 4" of foam board on the walls and 4" on the ceiling as well... I'm just not sure if 2" on the floor will be enough...
Don't know if you researched it yet but I stole this idea from another member to hold the new skin & force/guide it up and under the roof skin
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