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Comment: January 18th 2004 - Installed these old style hatch props and they have only 9" travel. Mounting was critical as they had zero clearance (inset) when closed.
November 8th 2003 - Clamping hatch frame in place prior to attaching the hardboard. 1/2 clearance was divided evenly on each side.
Note: The bottom bulkhead isn't installed allowing access to remove the clamps when finished.

November 9th 2003 - Clamped in place on the top prior to gluing on hardboard.

November 9th 2003 - Temporarly removed floor mounting bolt and used hole to clamp bottom of hatch in place prior to skinning with hard board. Note: The bottom bulkhead isn't installed yet which will give access to remove clamps once the skin is installed.

With hatch clamped in position 1/8 hardboard was glued and tacked with a brad nailer. At the bottom edge it was screwed to the stringer. After skinning with aluminum the top side will have the hinge mounted on top.

Alright!!! It's starting to look like a real teardrop, not much unlike the one my father bought in the late 1940's. It also served as an extra bedroom which was mine for a few years which was more fun than sleeping in the house. California weather is made for year round teardroping.

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A piece of poplar was glued and screwed onto the outside rib to have something solid to mount the prop.  After fitting it was taken apart to insulate & skin the inside of the hatch.

Details of the waterproof zero/offset hurricane galley hinge. The seal is 7/16 wide extreme weather seal with a hollow core. The aluminum moulding around the galley is the same as the side door jambs and called Counter top edge.

Another view of the hinge and the ribbed weather stripping to seal out water. All of the aluminum trim on trailer was installed twice. First to fit then removed and the holes and underside of moulding filled with Silicon sealer before re-installed. Excess sealer is easily cleaned off after it sets.

Be sure to have your hurricane hinge before you finish cut your profile.  It's no fun to have to do it again after the walls are up.

The cut-out for the windows were done with router and template. Aluminum was done at the same time. Trim where the sides meet the roof is called Regular edge moulding and bends easily.  Was purchased at a local RV repair shop and comes in 16' lengths. It can also be ordered from:

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