We have been working hard on our beloved Toyota based traveling adventure mobile; and we have settled on our exterior wall skin material. In our last post, we discussed the possibility of using reinforced fiberglass panels, (Filon), instead of .060 aluminum as we have been using on the roof. One of our concerns was condensation, as well as the aesthetics of our project. We ended up staying with aluminum, but we did decide to upgrade slightly to powder coated aluminum. Our aluminum supplier had white in stock, and we like the idea of keeping it cool for heat, as well as clean looking and unassuming. We installed the wall skin over the last few weeks, and we used the same method as the roof. 3M vhb tape, and there will be screws here and there to make certain of the results. Our front door is installed as well as two of the windows. One of the windows is in our sleeper area, and the other is in the rear lounge area. We installed the wheel wells this weekend and we have been working on fabricating them through the week. We went with 1/2″ marine plywood, with a .040 aluminum lining on the underside. After we assembled them, Karuna sealed up all of the seams and connections with generous coatings of lexel sealant, and we applied two heavy coats of rubberized undercoating. We also used lexel to adhere and seal them around the floor and connections to the frame. Everything that we have been sealing as we have been constructing this project has been sealed in with lexel. (there will be a description and use of all of our products that we have used at the end of the blog)
Our awning also arrived this week, Fiamma F45S model, and we decided to install it this weekend as well. We know we are a ways out from taking our sweet rig camping, but installing our outdoor recreation area shade was too exciting to put on the back burner. It was a bit of a chore, mostly due to the thickness of our walls and the need to go to the store to get different installation hardware. We made a few brackets to install our wall, and through bolted the brackets with stainless steel bolts. It looks really good and it operates nicely. We have not been able to fully deploy the awning yet, but we will post photos as soon as we can. (We are parked next to our house and we don’t have the clearance from the wall.) We do have a photo below of it partially open.