My Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

Rebuilder

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Continuing on with the floor I threw in a layer of 1/4" fiberock because it's thin but still offers a bit more thermal mass. It's a little heavy but I'm still far below the 14,500# GVWR so I'm not too worried.

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The flooring is Shaw 100% waterproof vinyl so basically nothing in the floor or subfloor can be negatively affected by water which seems like a plus.

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Flooring and shower pan in place and started on some plumbing...

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I looked for quite a while to find some seating I liked and was going to just make my own but then I found this on ebay and it worked out great. It's a little on the flimsy side but it's a really good start and will be easy to add supports to beef it up a bit.

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Bonus it has pop out foot rests and turns into a bed (for short people) 👍. Here's a pic from the ebay ad. I did end up removing the arm rests to get it to fit where I wanted it.

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Rebuilder

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To get the cassette toilet to fit into the shower I had to make a spacer to get it to sit above the back lip of the shower pan.

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Not the easiest thing to make because it being in a shower pan means the button needed to be angled to match but I think it turned out pretty good.

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Some plumbing....

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About this point I had most of the plumbing in and working and some of the electrical done so I figured it was time to take it on a little test run mountain bike trip in Northern Minnesota. This was the first actual road trip since I drove it home from St Louis so it was a nice little test. It definitely rides a lot better with the added weight in the back.

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For those wondering here's the weight with everything I've done so far, full of fuel and 46 gallons of water.... Gross weight 9580#. I'm guessing I'll be in the low 10k pounds when done which I'm pretty happy with.

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Shortly after that mountain bike trip I was invited out the the Black Hills in South Dakota for a dual sport ride so I had to make a motorcycle platform/lounging deck off the back. The bike is what I call my KTMasaki because I'm not good with names and, well, it's mostly a Kawi Ninja 650 but has KTM 525 EXC wheels and fork and a KTM 990 Adventure fairing. Works surprisingly well considering it's a street bike in the woods.

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First free camp site just outside of Carthage South Dakota....

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Of course I didn't take any pics of the trip after this but I was able to fully test the induction cooktop, solar (which I haven't taken pics of yet) and in-floor heating and it all worked out great. Couldn't be happier.
 

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Bikersmurf

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600 Ninja in the woods... I think KTMasaki must be a typo... should be Kamikaze.
A lifetime ago I assisted a motorcycle mechanic/friend split the crankcase in a 600 Ninja to replace the timing chain and then after reassembly lift it into place to mount it in the frame. After a short test ride she came back grinning ear to ear. She said it’d easily pop a wheelie in third gear... cannot imagine riding one on the trails I’ve seen.

Gimme a 320 Pampera Gas Gas and I’d be laughing... not so sure of a Kamikaze ;) I’ve already got one obliterated knee and spinal problems :p
 

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My dad called Kawasaki snowmobiles Kamikazi's when I was a kid. Still a great name and definitely fits for the KTMasaki.
 

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CaptainBuilt

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I'm really jealous of this build. I try to buy 2 of these and they didn't work out.

And the weight isn't as much as I thought it would be. Very nice! Love the bike rack.
 
Hey Rebuild what are you using to cut the aluminum inside the cab- things like the diamond plate? Grinder? Plasma? Saws all?
 
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