Internal locking, gas strut locking, battery box
October 15, 2018 at 6:11 am #2196
and maybe other sundries.
1 I noticed after I added my gas struts that they didnt really keep the galley hatch “up”. it would sag down, or get blown down by wind and I came close to wacking my head with it. Maybe my gas struts werent up to it for some reason, by my solution was to get some 1/2″ (9/16″? or similar) conduit, slot it with approximately a 1/4″ slot using my circular saw, cut it to the right length, attach some tape to detach it at will and now my hatch stays totally up until I want it down. The conduit doesnt move until I grab it off either.
Strut stays up. I have two, to be sure, to be sure.
2 My wife said we needed an internal lock on the camper, since no one else seemed to have got any suggestions that I could see, I just attached some of my spare nylon webbing left over from the door, looped a bit, and pop riveted a couple of washers to keep the loop then screwed the assembly to the shelf. we just loop the webbing around the door handle and it stays locked. I can’t see anyone being able to open the door now when we are inside.
3 I was concerned my 100AH lead crystal battery would go straight through the floor of the galley while I was building the electrical system, its scarily heavy and there are bumps in the road. So my friends bent up an aluminium box for the battery that was glued and screwed to the bulkhead and the floor, along with some extra fibreglass tape. I think the weight is on the bulkhead now, not so much on the floor and there is where it will stay. I had 12 screws holding the box to the bulkhead. (Notice the tie down to make sure the battery doesnt bounce.)
(and oh please ignore the temp wiring while my shelving/fusing is removed, for this shot.
4 Last point. I put vinyl on the insulation. seemed to work ok, looks smart.
5 I watched a lot of waterlusts construction videos on youtube, enjoyed them, didnt agree with everything though. They suggested dropping the front vents to keep rain water out. They work so well when the ventilation fan is running that I couldnt live without them (even if you do need to be careful not to let them leak (or drop off.)October 15, 2018 at 7:43 am #2197
Could you explain how you put vinyl on the insulation? Do you mean the grey/black foam that is offered by CLC?October 15, 2018 at 4:46 pm #2198
Yes, i bought the foam kit from clc, routed the edges (which was a lot easier than I expected) and bought 6 metres (7 yards?) of (different coloured) vinyl. I also ended up buying 6 litres of selleys contact glue. http://www.selleys.com.au/trade/specialist-products/contact-adhesive/
there’s nothing special about selleys, it’s just an example.
Mark the outline of the foam on the vinyl with a texta, leave an inch and a half spare for folding up and over. roll a thin layer of glue on vinyl and the foam, wait 20 mins and then press them together. Get it right as they wont let go.
just note which is the front and which is the back of the foam before you route and glue, not all the foam is symetrical.
they didnt think the foam was durable at the waterlust youtube, hopefully this is better, hopefully it never condenses water on me in humid weather either.October 23, 2018 at 10:15 am #2232
I love the locking mechanism you came up with for the gas springs. Thanks for sharing. I’m swapping mine out for 30# versions but will likely incorporate your mechanism as well.August 8, 2019 at 9:05 pm #2694
Here’s a variation on your internal lock idea. I liked the simplicity of your concept, but it seemed to me that the mechanics could be improved a bit. The main thing was to attach the straps to the door frame, rather than the shelf. This improves the mechanical advantage and pretty much guarantees that the loop will never accidentally slip off. The other thing was to use a stitched loop to avoid having a loose piece of metal flailing around.
I did have to be careful when attaching the strap to make sure that the screw was in the thick part of the door frame, instead of the sill.
Thanks for the idea.August 13, 2019 at 6:15 pm #2695
I replaced one of the stock gas springs with a 30# version. it holds the hatch in the open position just fine. but remember the Ideal Gas Law from high school chemistry–when it gets cold the force exerted by the gas is lower, so if you will use the camper in the winter you might want to replace both springs with 30# versions.
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