Started by superduder, June 20, 2021, 07:52:26 PM
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Quote from: superduder on July 31, 2021, 08:03:29 PMMore seat progress pics, If anyone is still interested.First I put cardboard on top of the wool blanket, So you wouldn't feel the springs through whatever I decided to use for padding.Then I a friends mom was having her carpet replaced with "wood laminate" flooring,So I grabbed a couple yards of that, and a can of 3M spray adhesive (headliner fabric adhesive apparently works best for under floor padding, I did not know that.)anyway the contractors gave it to me for free, and glued two layers of that down on top of the cardboard.Covered that with an 8x12 drop canvas cloth from HF and then covered the whole thing with a "Heavy Duty" camouflage moving blanket also from HF.I'm still going to spend the money and get the proverbial saddle blanket seat covers from AutoZone,But I think I did a pretty good job for a first timer.Still working on the A/C, found a Kraco am/fm/8track/cb... but it's $400 and I'm not paying that unless the comms can get out over 20miles.And I'm gathering sill mats for the camper, I was thinking Pallet "ribs/top boards" could stand in for 1x2 white pine in the walls, but it will most likely be a good bit heavier, so probably going to keep looking unless I can cut weight somewhere else.This could take quite a while. J
Quote from: Brekar on July 31, 2021, 10:26:17 PMI like the improvisation on the seat repair, it looks nice and hopefully it is comfortable. My dad and stepmom run a classic car restoration business here in Missouri, with specific focus on International trucks. One of the biggest part of their business, believe it or not, is people shipping seats, headliners, sun visors, etc to have them repaired. It's not a hard job to do, but its a time consuming to do it right.I think when you're done that will be a fun little truck to live out of. Since you're in Phoenix how are you gonna cool/heat it???
Quote from: superduder on August 01, 2021, 12:26:24 AMNot to sound like an ad, but I found a 12V self contained A/C which (supposedly) only uses 15amps to run so...looks up calculator.. 180watts... I think that's good, since I'm not looking to refrigerate the camper just make it tolerable.That's probably going to be the most expensive part of the whole build too.
Quote from: boskone on August 01, 2021, 12:41:17 AMQuote from: superduder on August 01, 2021, 12:26:24 AMNot to sound like an ad, but I found a 12V self contained A/C which (supposedly) only uses 15amps to run so...looks up calculator.. 180watts... I think that's good, since I'm not looking to refrigerate the camper just make it tolerable.That's probably going to be the most expensive part of the whole build too.Dunno what the budget would look like, but you might check out RV fridges. RVs that only get 15A service often have fridges, so they be more efficient and/or have built-in soft starts.And some can be cooled with propane or electricity, though I think that's getting to be less common.
Quote from: superduder on August 01, 2021, 12:26:24 AMOf course this may all go out the window if I find a Perris Valley cabover for the mini trucks at a decent price/condition.J
Quote from: superduder on December 09, 2023, 03:27:34 PMMoving on to the next step for the camper There's something that has always bothered me,That happens in a LOT of "apocalypse/survival/preparedness" fiction.They lament to no end the lack of refrigeration, but never even try a propane, kerosene,Or 3 way fridge.I do keep hearing how "These really don't work very well."Or"They take too long to cool down, and don't get that cold."Or"Dometics can only cool to 20 degrees below ambient."On the Dometic thing, I'm assuming they're talking about the "chip" powered coolers.So, fine. You'd be right on that one.But the whole camper fridges don't work thing is malarkey.I've personally used propane, kerosene, or 3-way camper fridges Here in AZ, during nice 60-80deg summers in sw Ohio, and 110deg summers in south Florida.Never had a problem as far as them cooling properly, as long as one followed the operation instructions.And proper maintenance had been done on the unit.That leads to me getting another 3-way fridge for Redford's camper.But not being willing to pay $350-$3K for a new one, I'm stuck scrounging... As is tradition..So yesterday I picked up a "1960s" Norcold 663 (G) propane only fridge, for free.Sometimes I hate camper remodelers other times I like'em.So it's missing screws for the door hinges, and it could definitely use a decent cleaning,but it should work for at least a porch fridge in emergency situations.More pics and posts about that coming.