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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepfreak81 View Post
    Any issues with the tires rubbing the fenders? It looks really close.
    No not yet anyway. When I set them up there was a bit more clearance but it appears its settled a bit since I've pulled it. However, I purposely hit some speed bumps in the parking lot pretty fast.just to see how much it would compress in big bumps (off road) and it still didn't hit. I guess it may be trial and error.
    Oz
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    Well, I've returned from a 3500 mile test run. Overall, it did real well. However, I did learn a few things.

    1. The mattress I have sucks. Its fine for a short time, but after half a night, it feels like the foam is all compressed and no padding, so I need to do something different there.

    2. I had some leaking issues. I was lucky though. On the way down(when we were sleeping in it), I only hit about 20 minutes of light rain while driving. Upon setting up camp that evening, I noticed near both doors the sheets were a bit wet. I figured it must have came in through the doors. That night it rained all night and there were no leaking issues at all though, so it's obviously only an issue while driving.
    The big problem was on the way home. We made a 19 hour drive from Florida back to Michigan and it rained most of the way, quite hard at times as well. When I got home at around 2 AM, I was taking a few things out of the camper and noticed the mattress was soaked. I flipped the mattress up and the entire floor was wet. Also, when I flipped the mattress up, a bunch of water was squeezed out and started running out the back passenger side corner (it was parked on a slight hill).
    Here is what I think happened. I built the walls to hang down past the floor over the frame rails. It was all tight when I was framing it up. I then took the cabin off the frame and epoxied everything. When we set the cabin back down on the frame, it was a tight fit. The epoxy obviously added too much thickness that I didn't account for so when we persuaded the cabin back onto the frame, it must have seperated the floor / wall seams and this is were my leak is. At least I was lucky enough not to have this issue until I was home and I didn't need to sleep on a wet mattress.

    3. I made the sleeping area 80 inches long. This is what a standard queen size mattress is. However, most bed frames allow at least another 6 or so inches room between the head and foot boards. I didn't think of this either. So when sleeping in the tear, with pillows under my head (which pushes me down a bit) my feet are against the back and I can't exactly stretch out. Luckily, I built a small chest that takes up about 6 inches of floor space at the front of the trailer at the head of the bed. I am going to remove this, and now I should have plenty of length to stretch.

    Overall, it was a great trip. The camper pulled great. Hardly even noticed it was there. Even in the mountains, sometimes driving a little too aggressively because it was just entertaining, the trailer pulled with no trouble.

    Here is a few photos. One of it hooked up to the wifes Edge in the mountains...

    And one of just a cool shot from the top of Clingmans Dome.


    Now, along with the aforementioned fixes, I need to finish the cabinets inside and the galley area.
    Oz
    KD8NFX

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    Thanks for the update.

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    Nice job. Hopefully you will be able to post some more pics of it in use this summer. Now how to install A/C in that bad boy should be next on the list!


    Henry
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    Quote Originally Posted by yj_hank View Post
    Nice job. Hopefully you will be able to post some more pics of it in use this summer. Now how to install A/C in that bad boy should be next on the list!


    Henry
    I've thought aboard that some. Most people are using small window units but they are way overpowered for the job and run off shore power only. And heavy. Id like to find a better solution. Not sure what that is yet though.

    On the other hand, I slept in it on the way down in 80 degree temps and with the windows open and the fan on even just low, it cools it nicely. So maybe I wont need AC.
    Oz
    KD8NFX

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    Quote Originally Posted by oz97tj View Post
    Here is a few photos. One of it hooked up to the wifes Edge in the mountains...
    I'll bet that phrase still takes some getting used to!

    Pics look great, glad to hear it works almost as good as it looks, the problems all sound fixable.
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