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#1 seryddwr

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 07:55 PM

I spent this past week fixing up my old cargo trailer, so I can camp in it. Here is a before shot of the door, before putting in the latch.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 07:55 PM

Door ready to receive the latch.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 07:56 PM

Latch installed.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 07:58 PM

'nother view. BTW, I reinforced the door with a bit of scrap wood to keep it from deforming when I tightened down on the latch mounting screws.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 07:59 PM

Door hung and trim installed.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:00 PM

Hole for the latch pins.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:02 PM

I installed a ceiling vent.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:03 PM

I installed insulation in the walls. This was kind of tough because the luan is anchored to the "Rhino Lining tm" on the floor, so I could only peel it back.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:04 PM

Here is where the hole for the window was cut.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:05 PM

Hole.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:06 PM

Inside.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:07 PM

window in place. The velcro is for attaching the output hose for a portable air conditioner.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:08 PM

outside.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:09 PM

Here's my home-made 15 Amp power inlet.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:10 PM

Which connects to this 4 outlet box.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:10 PM

I made the opening in my caulking tube too large, but I would be darned if I was going to the hardware store again!

Edit: (use the right form of "too", silly)

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:17 PM

Not shown: I put a second layer of insulation on the ceiling. (I call this stuff "Aluminum Bubble Wrap" which causes blank stares from the hardware store clerks.) I also wired up the dome light that you see in the first "insulation" pic so that I could simply plug in a cord to my Battery Box, and turn it on and off from the wall switch.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:31 PM

One more thing: The portable AC unit draws 9 amps, so it will be fine with the 15 amp inlet.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 04:31 PM

An astro camper. Very cool.
Where is your fleet of scopes going to store?

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 04:59 PM

I'd love to do such a conversion. I see a lot of cargo trailers at star parties that have been modified to serve as telescope transport/sleeping quarters/computer and charts office. I've seen lots of neat fold-down beds in them that fold flat against the wall of the trailer when not in use.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 05:36 PM

I just wanted to do the simplest conversion possible. My scopes are in my house, plus I've got a 20" mirror that I need to build a scope for. (I have some of the components already.)

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 05:45 PM

Nice job Greg, wish I had something like that. That 20" mirror project sounds interesting, going to be a light one or regular classic K&B type telescope?

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 05:49 PM

Definitely not light. I'm planning on making in driven from the get-go and I want it to be accurate.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 06:59 AM

Do you have some details on the 20" mirror? How thick, what material is it made of?, what is the focal ratio?

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 03:17 PM

Sure, It's 1.75" thick, f/3.5, fused silica, made by Gordon Waite.






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