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Gordon Dewald 09-15-2014 09:28 AM


Originally Posted by Harley1994 (Post 2228122)
Gordon, very good ideas, I should have thought about the vapor barrier, I will definitely do that. I'm using Poly Iso insulation which is a hard foam like with a backer on both sides, I figured on putting that in everywhere and then using a commercial grade foaming unit to fill any cracks making everything more solid. I have a power vent for the garage, but will have to think about putting in the other in the living area. I did think it would be a good idea to put insulation between the garage and the living area, that way you could leave the ramp down if you wanted to. Thanks!!:thumb:

On our 5er we have two fantastic fans in the living area. One in the bedroom and one in the main living area (near the garage wall). This enabled us to use the fans to cool the trailer. With the winter package we had (nowhere near as good as what you are going to install for insulation) we were able to rarely use the A/C.

In the evening when it was cooling off we would turn the fan in the living room to exhaust and the fan in the bedroom to draw. It would circulate the cooler outside air through the unit. When we went to bed we would turn the fan off in the bedroom and leave the vent open. The living room fan would continue to draw the cooler outside air through the trailer without the noise of the fan running in the bedroom. The living room fan was on a thermostat so it would shut off at the temperature we had selected based on comfort. Both of the fans had rain sensors so we never worried about rain at night.

In hindsight I would put both fans on a thermostat.

In the morning we would shut the fans off and close the blinds etc for the day. We would wait until the inside temp was close to the outside temp before opening any doors or windows. It would normally take until 3 or 4 in the afternoon for the trailer to heat up. We were under shade from about 1 pm.

With the amount and quality of insulation you are installing your unit will outperform the one we had by a substantial margin.

Harley1994 09-15-2014 11:38 AM

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The fan idea is really good its almost what I do in my house, we don't have AC in the house so we had to come up with a way to keep the house cool. I think I will follow your advise on the fans w/therm. Finally starting to put the siding on, had to come up with a way to hold it in place till I could fasten it.

Gordon Dewald 09-15-2014 02:34 PM

Looking good. Looks like the weather is holding.

Applying the siding by yourself is way more difficult than laying the roof.

Had another thought. With the extra height you could put an attic above the garage. If it were accessable and part of the living area a mattress up there would make a place for guests upon occasion. Or a place for extras like riding gear, etc.

TravisNuwa81 09-15-2014 07:45 PM

Is that smooth aluminum siding? Looks nice!

bap 09-15-2014 08:52 PM

thank you very much for taking your time and posting all the pix..

the wife i have recently started to rebuild a couple of small vintage tt,s..

we have alot to learn and i am in aww of your rebuild,,,,cant wait to see more pix and read your posts,,,,

thanks for your time and info., we have a total rebuild ahead of us on a 50,s go-tag-along but it will be like yours a tear down and total rebuild....--i have actually been converting a 30x50 shed of ours so i can bring it under roof this winter to work on both of our projects..

.we know how much work the small projects can get on just refurbing the i cabin and painting inside an outside..

thanks again for all the pix and info.,,,very helpfull ..and exciting to watch

Harley1994 09-16-2014 04:56 AM

We thought about maybe adding something above the garage, but it would be only approx. 18 " I know in a trailer 18" is alot, but maybe not enough for a bed. I think I might use the space for cupboards, We have to put helmets, gear ect. Yep its smooth 4X8 sheets of .032 aluminum, we plan on using some graphics to break up the white so it won't look like a cargo van going down the road. I am learning as I go as well, and I wish I had a place to put this inside, it would make life alot easier. Good luck on your rebuilds, I'm sure you'll have some fun with them during and after you get'em done by saying I did that!:thumb:

bap 09-16-2014 07:42 AM

thanks,,,and yes it is fun and very rewarding when people ask about things that u have made and you tell them that i made that..
i was laughing when you were talking about all the choices about the wall paper and such because that really is one the toughest part s and probably one of the

Harley1994 09-16-2014 09:08 AM

Bap, We still haven't really decided on wall covering!! This is a slow day for me here, rained last night and this morn,so the 5'r is covered, looks like it might clear up and be good for 4 days!:eek:

Gordon Dewald 09-16-2014 09:53 AM


Originally Posted by bap (Post 2230390)
i was laughing when you were talking about all the choices about the wall paper and such because that really is one the toughest part s and probably one of the

Easiest and best is what DW decides.

Harley1994 09-16-2014 10:10 AM

Gordon, More truer words have'nt been written.:angel:

Lincolnboy2 09-16-2014 10:48 AM


Absolutely Fascinating.

I am so impressed. :thumb::thumb:

This is a great thread!!!

Very interesting and learning a lot along the way.....I am anyway.

Keep up the posts and pictures!! Good job!! :dance:

deSanford 09-16-2014 10:51 AM

WOW just stumbled on to this thread and couldn't stop reading all of your posts and enjoyed your pictures. deSanford

TravisNuwa81 09-16-2014 11:25 AM

Another question for ya, are you going to side the whole thing then cut out for windows? What are you using for windows?

Harley1994 09-16-2014 12:42 PM

Thanks again for all the kind words! Travis, the trailer came with, IMO, nice aluminum framed sliders, I'm going to try to polish up the frames and install them, yes, I'm going to side the whole trailer then install the windows, partly because the inside walls have to be installed in order to hold the windows in. To cut the windows/doors there is an aluminum bit for a cut out tool I have, that will make a flush cut right up to the window frame, much like a bit for a router that you would use to finish a counter that you just put a piece of laminate on.

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