Thanks, it was a very nice deer for our area up here in northern MN, field dressed weighed 176#.
I am all with you on the gutless method.
We always bone them in the field out west but in MN and WI we are not allowed to leave the carcass in the woods (littering).....goofy laws.....Its a struggle...
Very nice build, love the colors inside, very much like home.
Some of us shudder at the price of new campers....a lot of us could never even afford to buy a factory unit....i guess that's why we build stuff!
Siding & roof is .040 aluminum, painted both sides, was stocked at local metal supply dealer for use on dirt track race cars. 4x8 & 5x10 foot sheets. Interior paneling is 1/4" (.236 actual) 3 ply plywood from Lowes.
Insulation 3/4 closed cell from Lowes. Framing 1x2, 1x4s. Assorted glues &...
My twin grandsons on a day trip blueberry picking event. After lunch just relaxing.
Put about 500 miles on local trips so far with about 2 mpg mileage reduction. Pulls decent against a headwind, thinking because it is so narrow?
Other than that nothing new.
After viewing that clip & reading that article those flex panels definitely should work.
Right now in an effort to keep weight down there is no auxillary battery and the truck battery is only source. I had a heavy wet cell in my old campers but for at least this fall I will depend on the Honda.
No leaks so far, haven't been on the road in the rain yet. I'm trusting the butyl puddy tape will do it's job (knock on wood).
There is a slight built in "crown" in the roof but depending on the solar mounting brackets there is about 6 feet x 4 feet of flat on the back slope.
A little more progress.
Truck power to camper including; led high mount brake light, one 12 volt interior light, and auxillary port (cigarette lighter socket) for small inverter or phone charger.
Added generator door with lock for more security besides the locking tailgate.
Used aluminum from...
Went in pretty easy.
Here are some pictures.
Tail gate closed as designed (whew).
Access door in base required a little planing as it hit the trim below the door.
Generator slide worked fine with Honda on it, still need tie down strap/lock for it.
Total height ended up 8 foot 8 inches.
A little more progress.
All skin is on.
"Kitchen" done for now. Hooked up stove top, checked for leaks, works great.
Sink drain plumbed to rear.
Shore power wired to sink light, and two outlets (one is undercounter for microwave).
Need to add interior window trim and outside screw cover trim...
Last piece of aluminum. This piece laps the rear roof panel. I used 3M vhb about 2-1/2 inches in on the lap with 100% silicon on the first 1-1/2 of the lap. I hope it stays sealed forever..? The lap does fall on a rafters so it could be screwed down if push came to shove.
It's do finally...
Making a little progress.
Roof will be two panels. Had to fashion up a 2x4 brake to make the bend at the rear.
Front panel is next, will lap the rear panel and hopefully follow the front "roll"...?
I prevent the roof trim to assist with rolling down the front panel. I will detach the roof trim...
Finished the foamboard.
Started cutting aluminum sheet.
First piece fits good....still haven't decided on the adhesive...availability might be the problem.
I might just use contact cement as Palomino did in 1986...held for 33 years? 🤔
Moving along slowly.
LP bay will be back left corner.
Small sink & two burner cook top built in with microwave shelf below.
"Overhead" bunk 42 x 70, while lower is 30 x 70.
Aluminum skin is in the garage now but the attachment details are still "up for grabs".
The original Palomino skin was...