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Old 01-23-2017, 05:44 AM   #61
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Hey WV Jeeper,

Looking better all the time. I just reviewed your build again and you kind of glossed of the refrigerator install.

We are getting ready to ditch our new and expensive three mode RV Fridge because it is a horrible power hog unless you are using LP gas and still not efficient even then.

Even a dorm fridge would be 2 or 3 times more efficient but a split DC system would be the most efficient.

What did you guys decide on?
Thank you. We finished fabricating the doors this weekend and have them hung but waiting on the latches to arrive to call that project complete.
As for the fridge, we just went the dorm fridge route. I went with the no freezer option as I find the freezers very tiny and unusable. I would rather have more fridge space so the one I bought is all refrigerator. We bought the biggest we could fit in the space available. Its a 2.6cuft Danby Designer series $140 to my door. I was thinking I would have liked the LP option when we dont have electric available but the cost of the units steered me in this direction instead. Down the road I would like to get one of those fridge/freezer coolers...ARB or something similar. They have very low power consumption and great reviews. I'd have that in my jeep though as opposed to the camper. Those aren't cheap either though so its on my wish list...along with a lightweight honda generator
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Old 01-24-2017, 06:19 AM   #62
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Finished fabricating the diamond plate cabinet doors and got those hung this weekend. Still waiting on the locking latches to arrive before we can call them finished. They took quite a bit of time to make but we are happy with the end result.

Also got the mattress for the main bed cut down to fit. I used a full size mattress and had to trim it to fit the curves of the trailer. Its not nearly as cramped for 2 people as I feared it might be. I will eventually sew up a bedspread for it to match the cushion I did on the front bench. I'm not sure if I mentioned it earlier but we decided to keep the bed up fulltime in lieu of using the dinette option which would require setup and breakdown of the bed everyday. We eat outside mostly anyway so I don't think this will be missed. Having the bed up all the time also provides another large storage area underneath which will come in very handy. We also removed the top bunk system on the other end. The top bunk had a very low weight rating which my kids exceed anyway so it seemed like a feature we would never use. By removing the top bunk and the bulkhead it rested on it provided a little extra room for the remaining bed/bench which will be better used.

Started the plumbing last night. Not a huge job since there is no bathroom but its a start from scratch job also. We have the original hand pump/city water faucet in the kitchen to hook up, the outdoor shower fixture that we added, the city water connection, water tank fill, and we relocated the water tank to the front from the back. We ran short on a drain hose so hope to get that today and call that complete. Next up will be gas lines for the stovetop, outdoor grill and provisions for adding a portable water heat system down the road on the shower side.
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Old 01-27-2017, 07:29 AM   #63
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Got the latches installed yesterday so cabinets are complete. Also finished hanging another rack below the stovehood for hanging storage. The one over the sink is a folding dish strainer and the one below the sink is being used as a towel rack and hanging pot holders. Hanging storage helps free up space in the cabinets for other things. The kitchen area is pretty much complete at this point.

We hung a small lockable medicine cabinet on the side of the closet to keep that kind of stuff organized. The small light next to it was added to cover some holes left behind by the old thermostat. It's an easier reach to turn on a light now while laying in the bed.

Plumbing is all but done except having to replace the sink drain which leaked upon our testing of the system. Its the original, along with the faucet so it figures it needed replaced. The hand pump faucet is working though and no leaks there so thats a plus. Propane lines are next.

I dug out the sewing machine again and have been working on a comforter for the bed and pillow cases. I'm trying to add a little custom touch which is requiring me to hand sew some things. Man, I hate sewing. If I knew what I was doing it might be a different story. Took me all day on a pillow case. Ugh. I've got one more to do so there is another day! Good thing its snowing and I'm not going anywhere. lol
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Finished the comforter for the bed to match the cushion I made for the front bench. The pillowcases were hand sewn to form a jeep grill together
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Old 01-29-2017, 07:36 AM   #66
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We got the door re-installed yesterday. We painted the original hinges and replaced all the rusted hardware. The original door lock/handle was inoperable and no longer sold so I purchased a new modern one to replace the vintage original. This required modifications to the door, fabricating a metal piece and lots of adjusting to get it to fit correctly but its on and working perfectly now. I kinda wish I painted the inside of the door white cuz when its open the cream interior sticks out like a sore thumb against the white exterior. I guess the flip side to that is it would stick out like a sore thumb on the interior otherwise. lol Oh well, not changing it now. I ordered a custom screen door this week. Because of the curvature of the door, screen door options are limited. Some have made the opening flat and square by building a frame out on the interior to then attach a door too but that option takes up some space and requires drilling to attach to the fiberglass which I try to avoid at all costs. The other option I came across was a gentleman that worked with a boat cover shop to fabricate a vinyl door that would attach with velcro on the sides and have a screen door that zips open and closed (think tent door). We decided we liked this option as its lightweight and requires no damaging holes to attach it. Downside is having to zip open and closed but I dont see us going in and out and in and out so often that it is a major concern. If we don't like it, it can be removed without damage. I'll post a pic when we recieve it in a couple weeks.
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This is really BAD A$$!! Just a phenomenal job you guys are doing. You need to post a video walk-around of the outside and inside..... please..
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WV Jeeper, great build. The Egg is coming along nicely!

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Late to the party, but I love all the care and attention to detail taken on this project.
I read that you moved the water take front-to-back, and wondered why you might do that.
Did you move it to achieve a specific tongue weight?
I don't know much about towing; Is there an ideal tongue weight you are aiming at?
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Late to the party, but I love all the care and attention to detail taken on this project.
I read that you moved the water take front-to-back, and wondered why you might do that.
Did you move it to achieve a specific tongue weight?
I don't know much about towing; Is there an ideal tongue weight you are aiming at?
We didnt set a weight to aim for. Our focus has been more about trying to disperse the added weight evenly. We switched bumpers, added the spare tire, jerry cans, as well as have a hitch mounted bike carrier. To try and offset all of that added weight in the rear (which is not good for towing), we moved some of the heavier interior mounted items (battery and water tank) that were originally in the rear forward, in addition to adding the a/c, fridge and extra propane tank. Then there is the exo cage (which is frame mounted front and rear) so it's obviously something that hasn't been done before and the plan is to just finish it, weigh it, test it and make adjustments then if needed.

Not much in the way of updates lately. Gas lines are done. One line to the stovetop inside and one exterior quick connect on each side of the trailer. One for the grill and the other for a future hot shower setup. Other than that, I have been working on some vinyl decals. Hope to get them done and installed this week and I will post up some pics then!. Thanks for following along everyone.
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Decals are installed. There will be a rock guard on the front window so that one will only be visible when its open. It looks pretty neat from inside too I think. Anyway, thats about it for decals. I wanna keep it simple.
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Inside the front door and a better pic of the compass on the front side.
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Man, I dig the work you have done! That is a lot of man hours in that. It looks nice.
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Very cool guys!


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That looks incredible. Great work!
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Thanks everyone. I got the screen door installed yesterday. The curvature of the doorway creates a good bit of fabrication if we were to try to use a traditional door for the opening so I went with a vinyl screen door. The fit and quality are nice. It was custom made by a guy in WI that makes boat covers. I got a lead on him thru the u-haul camper group I'm on where he made one for another guy so he already had a template from doing his. It attaches inside with 3M tape so no holes or fabrication to install which really appealed to me. Goes on and off easily. Its light and I can roll it up and store in the closet when not using it. The zippered door works as intended so all and all I'm happy to have a bug free solution. I also have little dogs so having a barrier to keep them in with the door open is a plus.

I also proceeded to gluing the floor down yesterday. I was going to leave it dryfit but after walking on it, it appears to have streched and doesnt fit as nicely. So, I decided to glue it down to keep things from shifting around again.

We are also going to attempt to add some insulation to the wall cavities where possible as there is nothing and the fiberglass does have a tendency to condensate under the right conditions. There is little to no room in many areas between the inner and outer fiberglass walls but some areas have some space we are hoping to push some insulation into. We will be using a reflectix type of material on a roll. Its thin with a silver backing on one side. Others have done this and said it helps so we are going to see what we can do. Hubby wanted to use a low rise foam to spray into the areas since its so tight in many spots but several people on the camper forum are concerned it will damage the fiberglass during expansion. Basically nobody has tried it and we may still be the ginny pigs if we arent happy with the rolled insulation.
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No trailer updates this week. The weather has been nice which means real work that pays. lol

I did put some decals on our coolers thought. Can't wait to use the new Rtic one. The quality looks impressive and I'm hoping it will save us on less runs to get bags of ice while camping.

I also installed a back-up camera on the jeep. I have a spare tire delete so I can see pretty well so this is more for hooking up the trailer or boat. I'm going to put another one on the trailer so I can see behind it when I'm hooked up. I have a new Garmin and the cameras are wireless add ons. I can have up to 3 or 4? cameras and it transmits to the Garmin wirelessly up to 45 feet from the unit.
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Curious, are you going to the Eggshells in the Outer Banks rally this fall?
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Curious, are you going to the Eggshells in the Outer Banks rally this fall?
I actually am really hoping to get in an egg rally of some sort this year and I would love to make the one in OB. I haven't called to see if there are any spots still available yet though. We are supposed to go on a cruise end of September so I'm also not sure if I can get away again Early October. Its a long haul for just a weekend so I would want to stay longer to make it worth the drive but out of all the rallies I have found, that one is the top of my list!
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Sorry I haven't had much for updates lately. There have been a few updates I'll post pics of below. I can't believe it but we are actually at that stage where we are waiting on good weather to bring the egg out of the garage to finish. We can't install the rooftop fan or the rack inside because the camper will not clear the garage door so the rest will need to be done outdoors. After the rack is installed, we have the solar panel to mount to it and wire up, along with the pod lights. We also have a front rock guard for over the window to install and the tires and wheels. Other than that, dare I say we just might be done!

As for recent updates, we added insulation everywhere we could access and as far up between the two shells as was possible. Hopefully this will help with any condensation issues that might arise. Not sure why the manufacturer didnt think insulation was necessary?

I finally got around to painting the wheel inserts red to match the ones on my jeep. I also painted all of the window frames a gloss black as they got a bit scratched up upon removing and reinstalled all of the windows. Hubby welded some tie off points on the rack for strapping down our kayaks and some light mounts on all four corners for led pod lights. We have already ran the wiring to two switches inside the door that will functon the rear and front lights seperately. Oh, I also got some propane tank covers to make em look a little cooler. I originally wanted to paint the tanks red but my husband brought up a good point that its easier to find a place to switch out tanks than to fill them when we are on the road so I found these magnetic cover things. Cheap enough at $13ea so we will try em out I guess. Oh I redid the floor inside also. I don't have a pic but I didnt like the wood like vinyl entry by the door that I did before. It seemed to throw off my whole look so I ordered another roll of the foam I used on the rest of the flooring and redid the layout so the seam falls under the bed now (where you don't see it) instead of by the front door which is what prompted the different flooring at the entry. I like it much better now that it is all uniform. I think that is pretty much all we have done. Like I said, just waiting on some nicer warmer weather days to finish this project up! Next update will be from outside!
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I actually am really hoping to get in an egg rally of some sort this year and I would love to make the one in OB. I haven't called to see if there are any spots still available yet though. We are supposed to go on a cruise end of September so I'm also not sure if I can get away again Early October. Its a long haul for just a weekend so I would want to stay longer to make it worth the drive but out of all the rallies I have found, that one is the top of my list!
If you can get away, definitely check. I made reservations about a month ago and didn't have any problem. I'd love to see your rig in person, but be sure to make it a worthwhile trip!
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If you can get away, definitely check. I made reservations about a month ago and didn't have any problem. I'd love to see your rig in person, but be sure to make it a worthwhile trip!
I emailed the coordinator yesterday and just have to call now to make a reservation if we can make the dates work. I assume you have been before so I'll ask you...the egg rally is on the sound side and although I would like to be with all the eggs the sound side doesnt look like the side you would want to be if driving 8+ hours to the outer banks. I'm considering reserving ocean front instead. I'm just worried we will wish we were closer to the ocean since I read you cant even swim on the sound side. Thoughts? How many come to this thing anyway and do any of them reserve "outside the nest" so to speak? lol
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I emailed the coordinator yesterday and just have to call now to make a reservation if we can make the dates work. I assume you have been before so I'll ask you...the egg rally is on the sound side and although I would like to be with all the eggs the sound side doesnt look like the side you would want to be if driving 8+ hours to the outer banks. I'm considering reserving ocean front instead. I'm just worried we will wish we were closer to the ocean since I read you cant even swim on the sound side. Thoughts? How many come to this thing anyway and do any of them reserve "outside the nest" so to speak? lol
Honestly, this is our first time. We were turned on to it by our dealer when we bought our TD. Personally, I reserved on the sound side for one reason: Salt. Depending on the weather and wind, you could have all sorts of salt spray if you parking close to the beach. That and the sand that can blow in. I enjoy the ocean, but would rather walk to it or drive to it when I want to enjoy it. YMMV, but that was my logic.
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BIG things are happening with the egg this weekend. We moved it out of the garage finally to finish up the rest of our modifications. We are in the home stretch now...finally!

So, the most obvious update is the installation of the rack ofcourse. We have also mounted the solar panel on the rear and rock guard on the front. We are considering blacking out the diamond plate rock guard to tone down the bling and glare so that may still happen. We have mounted the tires and wheels also.

Next, we will be installing the rooftop fan and hooking up the wires we pre-ran for the led pods on the rack. Also need to install the ARB awning. We removed the kayak mounts as we will only need them when we plan on bringing our kayaks with us and the mounts are easily installed in a few minutes.

Other than the few remaining installs above, it's just a matter of cleaning everything from sitting in the garage and dare I say we are ready to roll...on the road that is! First stop will be the weigh station in town to see what our final weight is and its a good test run to see how everything pulls down the road. I'm thinking we will take it on an overnight or two to one of our local campgrounds to test out the camping experience and see if there are any changes or fixes we need to do before we plan a longer road trip.
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You have done one hell of a job on that Egg. I wish I had one just like it!
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You have done one hell of a job on that Egg. I wish I had one just like it!
Thanks. It's been a fun build but we are so ready to be done with it. lol Ofcourse it has been raining almost daily since we moved it outside so still gotta hook up the pod lights and do some misc stuff whenever the weather and time permits. I think we are definitely going to remove the rock guard and have it powdercoated as its just too shiny for our liking. Not sure if we will go with black, red or white. Another decision to be made there I guess but we are gonna finish everything else first and come back to that last.

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