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Halfling

Aspen Modifications and Upgrades

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Halfling

After camping at NASR 11 this past week I have identified some "modifications" and/or projects that need to be accomplished.

 

First, the adjustable painter poles that I use in the two front corners just don't have the adjustable height I would like to have. I have to use then all the way out and it makes the pole easy to pop out. So, I decided that I needed to add an additional 12 inches to each pole so that I could have plenty of adjustment to different situations. After cutting off the yellow plastic end pieces from the painter poles I then epoxied a conduit coupler to the handle ends and then glued in some pvc (see pics) to get the desired height adjustment I wanted (added about 12 inches). This allows me to easily get whatever height I need while still not fully extending the painter poles.

P.S. The bottom corner pieces also allow them to be installed into the pvc floor frame should I want to use it (I really don't think it's needed as long as you stake down the corners and use the upright corner poles in the front).

 

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Halfling

2nd item on my to do list was to make a couple of tools to use for jacking up the corner jacks to level the camper (one for me and one for pwhoever). I took a 36" 7/16 steel rod and cut it in half (18"). I then drilled a hole in the center of a piece of round dowel and epoxied the rod into it. Nothing fancy but functional. I'll probably sand the handles down a bit and apply some polyurethane. 

 

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Handles sanded lightly, drilled a hole for a piece of rawhide, applied some stain followed by a couple of coats of polyurethane. I also beveled the steel end just a bit so that it goes into the holes better! Attached the rawhide straps and they are ready to go! One for me and on for pwhoever the next time we meet up (Illinois M&G most likely)!

 

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Monkeytrucker

When repairing the missing pads on bottom of the front jack stands I saw the tires were worn out.  Priced tires and found I could get tires and rims from Flea Bay shipped here cheaper than anywhere.  Got them yesterday and put them on today.  They were supposed to have stripped rims but were not. When I tried to stuff the chrome center cup in the hole was too small.  At least it has good tires on it and they bolted on.  If I want fancy chrome in the center I have aluminum paint.  Might put the tires on the original rims if I need the bling. 

 

Getting ready for the IL M&G.  Have the sign and the storage pouch where it will not be missed,  have to change oil and filter in the Fiat and check the power wire to the trailer light isolater module as the lights on trailer are not working, but they worked on the bike plug.  Have peppers to roast but might roast them ahead of time as the garden is going by.  Peppers on the plants are nice colors.  Have some COOLa jalapenos that have the nice flavor but no heat at all we might bring for tasting.   The Bride has her crock pot ready for making baked beans, and any other thing that might be needed. 

 

We thought about going north to Cicero, IL to look at a lab dog but will not be able to do that as this past weekends hospital stay has set off MDs alarms.  So we have to be back Monday for one of them.  Maybe a dog is not needed at present time.  The fire loss is weighing heavily at the present time.

 

Looking forward to seeing many of you one week from today.

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Monkeytrucker

At the IL M&G our toneau cover had a mouse eat a hole thru the side. So now we have to get it repaired.  We are thinking about have the side replaced but the cover side made 6" wider.  With the pads and etc, we have on top it would make the cover easily come down far enough to make sure rain does not migrate in.  Maybe even have a matching color to the Fiat.

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tamathumper

See if there's a FibreNew franchise nearby.  I've seen them do pretty miraculous repairs on automotive vinyl and leather.

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