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NodakIce

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So I had been considering building a wheel house for a couple of years and this past year I finally got the ambition to start. Here are the results.

This is what I started with. Ice Assault Center Section

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Then came time to cut the steel for the frame.

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Frame all welded up and Herculined.

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We then put the flooring on which is Herculined as well and added the aluminum wheel wells.

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The next logical step would be to start building up. We ripped down 2x4's to 2x3's and off we went.

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After that we had to put the aluminum sheeting on. Since we had wood studs we had to make a C channel out of .032 aluminum so the VHB would have something to stick to. Sorry I don't have more pics of this. I also don't have pics of the spray foam. I told the foamer to do 1.5" on the walls and ceiling, but i think he may have been a little generous.

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The next few pics are of the completed exterior. Two RV windows, two man doors and a 7'x7' rear ramp door.

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After the exterior was complete we needed to start the interior. I used plastic sheeting that was non fiberglass reinforced. Found out it weighed 8lbs per sheet. The reason for going with plastic was I wanted the trailer to be spray down ready so all i have to do for cleaning is rinse it out with a garden hose.

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The interior isn't quite done yet as we need to add the rattle reels which will be mounted to the ceiling and add the TV which will be on the front half wall.

I also don't have a picture of what is behind that half wall. The toilet (5 gal bucket and a toilet seat) is located there along with storage. I will hopefully have a picture of that soon.

I have to give a big thanks to Clint at Ice Assault. They run a class act business and are willing to help you throughout the build process by answering any questions you may have. All my questions were answered within 20 minutes of me asking sometimes being even sooner. Thanks again Clint

This is my first post so i hope it goes as i had planned and if it doesn't I apologize for any inconvenience.

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For some reason it didn't upload all of the pictures i had.

Lets try to add the last two.

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I was able to find a picture of the spray foam.

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Thanks....It's been a lot of work as I'm sure you are aware of by looking at your build threads.

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So the toilet is only accessible from the outside? Interesting way to cut down on emissions! smile How are you heating that area or are you heating that area?

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Yes the toilet is only accessible from the outside. Emissions and having to carry your "poo bag" through the house to get it outside was the main purpose I built it that way.

If you look at the ceiling i added a vent (the led lights are wrapped around it) that moves warm air to the back of the trailer via the forced air furnace. The main leg for that vent goes through the bathroom/storage area which is enough radiant heat to keep it warm. That half wall blocking the bathroom/storage area off from the rest of the trailer isn't insulated either so I'm thinking that it should be able to get some heat from the main part of the trailer as well.

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I didn't weld the center section in place. 16 grade 8 bolts fasten the center section to the rest of the frame.

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8' Wide 20' long with a 4' V. I think overall it is around 27' 28' long, but I'm not 100% on that since i have never measured the overall.

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That will be nice. I am actually getting a frame from Clint. Should be done anytime now. Real nice guy to work with. I got a 8-19' with the back corners cut off.

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You won't be disappointed by anything that Ice Assault builds or sells. They use top notch materials and their workmanship and customer service is great.

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That will be nice. I am actually getting a frame from Clint. Should be done anytime now. Real nice guy to work with. I got a 8-19' with the back corners cut off.

I'm curious how that is going to tow. I talked with Clint about your frame and the theory behind the reduction in vacuum. It sounds interesting.

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Nodak..Did you get those two man doors from Clint? I know he said he could get me a color matched door. If it is from him, how do you like it? Pretty decent door?

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walleyewiz0212,

I didn't get my doors from Clint, but he offered to sell me some. I purchased all of mine through a local Mission trailer dealership. Trailer dealership told me how big to build the opening and we went from there. They are pretty nice and i really liked the fact that they are surface mount which makes them a whole lot easier to install.

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walleyewiz0212,

I didn't get my doors from Clint, but he offered to sell me some. I purchased all of mine through a local Mission trailer dealership. Trailer dealership told me how big to build the opening and we went from there. They are pretty nice and i really liked the fact that they are surface mount which makes them a whole lot easier to install.

Ok Thanks. Clint said he could get me a color matched door and just wondering what they were like. Thanks again

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Very nice build! I'm wondering where you bought the plastic sheeting for the interior?

Menards has it. I just bought a piece to use as a backdrop for my photo light box.

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So last night we were able to get the TV mounted as well as get the rattle reels hung. I would have to say I'm pretty pleased with the results.

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If you look to the front of the house you can see the futons I have. They are about the same size as a regular bed and fold into 3 sections instead of 2 like most standard futons which saves a lot of space. Sorry for the poor picture quality.

Here is a link to where I bought them from.

Futons

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S49840048/

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