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Old 11-24-2015, 07:00 PM   #3907
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Hey - who you calling "old"? Or - I represent that remark.
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Old 11-24-2015, 09:51 PM   #3908
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Good Evening, Well guys and gals I can see it now, Headlines read.....group of old farts build RV from a 3D printer
Terry, Good one!! Still laughing!!
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Hey WildBill,

Thats what I meant by saying we need an oven.

Need to learn how to build an autoclave and build a bigger shop. Nothing as big as those though.

3d printer is on my list. That tech is advancing so fast and is already used to make production parts on a large scale.
Had the opportunity to see some modern manufacturing in East Hartford on the Pratt&Whitney grounds. It's hosted by funds for smaller startups to use high-end equipment. Well, the real treat was seeing a very high-end 3D printer that used various metals (in dust form) to print parts. It did that within a controlled argon gas environment to prevent rusting. It had a 10 kilowatt laser driving the printer head

What's very interesting are two things - you can print metal parts that could never be manufactured any other way due to their shapes. Secondly, you can print various metals in layers, connecting metals that are not connectable through traditional means, mainly welding or brazing, etc.

Also, this was mostly aircraft oriented stuff, they made a point about how they can fix parts using the 3D printer where in the past they'd have to re-manufacture the part due to the inability to maintain the tight tolerances required for aircraft manufacturing (down to the 10-thousandth). This particular 3D printer had that level of accuracy. Overall a very impressive tour of the facility.

I also work for a company that is all about 3D so very much in touch with a lot of this technology.
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Old 11-25-2015, 05:46 AM   #3910
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Good Morning, Rail, I thought so . Carl, that's really neat how they can do that, I remember there was a shop next door to my body shop that was doing sintered metal parts and that was neat, how technology has gone .
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Old 11-25-2015, 06:01 AM   #3911
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Good morning all!

36, headed to mid 60's, and I don't have to w--k!

Benn very busy here, my buddy is still camping in site #1, we have been pretty busy every evening doing stuff,,,,, including building the barn septic system. It will be nice not to have to walk up the hill to the house. Today I have a load of gravel coming.

Debbie works for a mjor 3D printer builder,,,,, they make the printers. Awesome stuff, very bright future. Amazing stuff they build.

Looks like you all have been pretty busy keeping Terry busy!

Gordon, I resemble that remark as well!

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Good Morning Gang,
A reminder to all with an RV fridge, if you have a corrugated drain hose, keep an eye on it. It becomes brittle over time and will break off in pieces and then dump the drain water over the electrics and connections. I had to replace mine yesterday, used an old piece of garden hose.
Have a great day all, and be safe to those out traveling over the holiday,
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Good Evening, Well guys and gals I can see it now, Headlines read.....group of old farts build RV from a 3D printer
Almost ruined a new laptop spitting coffee.

The youngsters may be wizzards with phone apps etc but they have no clue how to build something from raw materials or how to repair a broken machine. Most of them anyway. Wish there were more mentoring happening before these skills are lost forever. Most of them find the things we do boring.
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Old 11-25-2015, 01:12 PM   #3914
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Hmmmm , I can see it now.
The 3D RV Company
"You dream it ,we build it,,,,,,,,,,,or we'll dream it for you !"
Run and staffed by the CLACers , of course !

There are so many here with amazing skills and abilities far beyond normal men.
Able to build tall RVs at a single bound.
Able to bend steel with all the right tools.
Able to turn old junk into a new rig.
.....................well , you get the idea
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Good Afternoon, Lloyd, That is certainly high on the list, at least my list I can tell you where every rest room is on the east coast , well almost. Frank, what brand of Reefer do you have? Did you have to pull it to replace? Jay, My son helped me in the shop when he was younger, now whenever an older car comes in guess who works on it, he can set timing and carbs ect. nice to be able to do that still. Popeye, Today I pulled out the furnace and microwave, shore power system w/breakers, almost down to the cabinets.
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I wish there were 5 miles between us instead of 500!
I'd love to be there helping with all that stuff.
I hear what you said about the cabinets,,,guess they need to install that way to get enough strength to not fall off going down the road.
I used to build and install kitchens and they came apart almost as quick as they went in,,,,,guess the sawzall will get a workout are you going to tear off the shell first ? Either way they make a blade called "the Torch"...

Hey , I think I got my leaky roof fixed , I have been checking the AC gasket and giving he bolts a gentle tightening every year or so like they say to do , well I got a new gasket but before I went through all that work , I chucked up a 3/8" ext. into the batt drill and loosened the bolts a couple of inches and then wanked 'em in hard !!!!!! The next night a medium rain fell and not a drip !
Hoping to give it a real test but think it will be snow for the big storms for a while....... Time will tell.
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Popeye, I need to remove the shell eventually so I'll take the pieces off that I need to, so I can get the cabinets out, once they are out then I can start removing the stuff off the roof, vents, AC, skylight and antennas. Oh and the windows. Replacing the AC gasket isn't really that hard, your right if I was closer I could give you a hand with that, is that the only place it was leaking? I hear you about the snow, last year this time we had like 14 inches already, this year we are expecting 60* by Fri. of course its not lasting.
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I've replaced AC gaskets before , a little tricky getting it positioned solo but doable. I replaced this one back in '09 I think.

The PO let the aluminum get very bad due to letting leaks go without fixing,,,,and finally using tons of silicone which is useless on a moving , flexing vehicle. I ground all that off w/ a wire brush/drill.
It has mostly separated from the underlying plywood (probably from dry rot) . Really needs to be re-done ala your TH !

I have spent many trips to the roof with the Pro Flex can since I bought it . Doing seams , vents , etc , etc but never seemed to get it stopped.Sometimes leaks would appear in one place and other times somewhere else. Probably dependent on the way the rig was tilted . (It never actually leaked inside from the AC)

Finding the exact location of water intrusion can be a real pain as it can travel quite far on the inner or outer roof material after it gets through the aluminum covering and will only appear where there are cut outs for wires , lights , vents !!! aaarrrggggghhhhh !

Right now , I'm at the point that I've decided to get drastic with the AC as the point of entry by process of elimination. In the past , I've tried placing the sticky side of the gasket to the roof and to the AC too. Maybe I should add some putty tape to the non sticky side??. Those gaskets are just a very weak spot in the roof seal IMO., maybe time to just replace the thing with a Fantastic !!
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Good Morning, HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all, may all be safe and healthy. Popeye, do you use the AC unit? (when it does get warm). Bill, back at ya.
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