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  1. VanIsle_Greg

    Pop-Up Camper - Custom Build (scratch built) Oasis-Si

    On Sunday I worked on the rear door sealing surface trim as well as some flooring and trim for the closet. That was a job that I had been putting off for some time. Cramped and awkward to work in there, but it looks good now. Just need to finish the rest of the flooring too! Here is the outside...
  2. VanIsle_Greg

    Pop-Up Camper - Custom Build (scratch built) Oasis-Si

    It's been a busy weekend. I worked on Saturday on the mounting brackets for the lift tubes I bent up last weekend. These will be an internal double hoop style manual lift with gas lifting struts outside to help out. Again, they uploaded out of sequence... heh Finished lift bracket (no weld...
  3. VanIsle_Greg

    Motomaster Eliminator AGM - any experience?

    I never did pick up a second one for my XJ... actually sold the XJ before I ever got there. I did however pick one up for my slide in pop up camper project. A nice deep cycle to keep the lights on and the water pumping. So far, it holds a charge well, seems like a nice battery and as mentioned...
  4. VanIsle_Greg

    Pop-Up Camper - Custom Build (scratch built) Oasis-Si

    As a friend said recently...the devil is in the details. And there are a lot of details. Added some trim pieces to cover all the joints and finished the rear with some L angle at the bottom edge. All held on with Sika of course. Lots of Sika. Conduit for my lift system. 3/4" and borrowed a...
  5. VanIsle_Greg

    Pop-Up Camper - Custom Build (scratch built) Oasis-Si

    Heh...that is EXACTLY what I was thinking yesterday when working on it. Thanks BTW.
  6. VanIsle_Greg

    Pop-Up Camper - Custom Build (scratch built) Oasis-Si

    So...today was not as productive as I had hoped and needed, but it was productive all the same. I pulled off all of the remaining protective film off of the skins, and cleaned up the masking tape. The film was going a little weird in the sun, and the tape was starting to come apart as well. The...
  7. VanIsle_Greg

    Pop-Up Camper - Custom Build (scratch built) Oasis-Si

    The kids and my wife are away skiing for 4 days so I jumped at the chance to get more work done. No pics this time... got too dark by the time I was done. I managed to finish the LPG / external storage cubby by adding aluminum "L" trim around the inside edge, Sika-sealed and then foam taped the...
  8. VanIsle_Greg

    The Road Chose Me: Driving a Jeep Wrangler 80,000 miles around Africa for 2 years

    I can't believe it either. I just clicked on the first post in this thread from way back in May 2016! I loved this quote... "I've been saving and dreaming for those years of my next adventure. Two years circumnavigating the African continent in my 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon that I've...
  9. VanIsle_Greg

    Costco has a RTT

    Not bad... as mentioned above, probably a good investment for the occasional camper or first timer. At that price, I see them selling lots.
  10. VanIsle_Greg

    Tired of all the "huge" RTT's. So I made my own.

    I like. I dig the thin profile and light weight as well as the sweet graphics. Nicely done.
  11. VanIsle_Greg

    Pop-Up Camper - Custom Build (scratch built) Oasis-Si

    Thanks Coyote Thistle... and yeah, it is easy to miss details like that when you are in the middle of so many things. Not sure how to fix this, but for now it is going to sit until I am finished some of the more important items and bigger jobs (like the fabric and lift system for instance. heh...
  12. VanIsle_Greg

    Pop-Up Camper - Custom Build (scratch built) Oasis-Si

    After a week away in Tofino hiking, eating and chilling... I am back home and managed to get a few minutes to work on the camper. I have planned out the balance of my wiring for the truck -> camper and inside the camper as well. I managed to get some stuff wrapped up this afternoon and into the...
  13. VanIsle_Greg

    Pop-Up Camper - Custom Build (scratch built) Oasis-Si

    I probably should have / could have been more specific. I am not using the 4 pin built in trailer plug at all, but am leveraging a 4 pin connector to build a harness. I am wiring the camper connections up separately, power (via a battery seperator / charge isolator), running lights, camera and...
  14. VanIsle_Greg

    Pop-Up Camper - Custom Build (scratch built) Oasis-Si

    Now that I have the camper home, I can work on it as time permits. I managed to get some work done yesterday, and one of these tasks was important. Closing up the BIG 14 x 14 inch hole in the center of the roof. lol I installed my MaxxAir Mini Deluxe fan and wired it all up. Its a nice unit...
  15. VanIsle_Greg

    Pop-Up Camper - Custom Build (scratch built) Oasis-Si

    Great question. The aluminum is only 0.040 thick, so not thick enough to stand on its own. The upper plywood skins are thin Luan, so not really 'plywood' but not really not plywood. Luan is strong, waterproof and dense, but most importantly light. A 4 x 8 sheet weighs only about 18 pounds per...
  16. VanIsle_Greg

    Pop-Up Camper - Custom Build (scratch built) Oasis-Si

    Too cold and wet to work on my camper now that I have it home and can work on it anytime I want... the irony is not lost on me. 😕
  17. VanIsle_Greg

    Pop-Up Camper - Custom Build (scratch built) Oasis-Si

    Ahh... I love North Van, used to live at 8th and St. Andrews and my father in law lives in Deep Cove. I am back over on Vancouver Island in Victoria now... still much love for N.Van however. Actually the Sika is cheap. I think it is $5.99 a tube at Home Depot, and a box of 12 (as I recall) was...
  18. VanIsle_Greg

    Pop-Up Camper - Custom Build (scratch built) Oasis-Si

    Hey Shirk, Yeah I am indeed looking forward to removing the skins. I have been a little concerned about it getting marred by the tarp rubbing on it. Apparently this satin finished aluminum is a bit abrasion prone before it weathers a bit. I am going to put it into a portable shed ASAP, and will...
  19. VanIsle_Greg

    Renogy MPPT Solar Controller

    Good price. I hear it's a great controller. If I were closer and shipping were cheaper I would be a buyer! GLWS
  20. VanIsle_Greg

    Pop-Up Camper - Custom Build (scratch built) Oasis-Si

    These pics NEVER upload in any order I want them to... lol So a thing happened yesterday. I finally brought the camper home and parked it in the driveway. To make that thing happen, we needed to get the rest of the tie down system in place, and to get the camper jacked up (scary) and loaded up...
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