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I'm a Northern Michigan farm boy who loves his family, enjoys the outdoors, and loves life in general... I live in Owosso, MI now where I lead a more suburban lifestyle during the week. I enjoy D.I.Y. projects and going up North to spend time at our Northern MI properties when ever possible.

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  • How to Make an Outdoor Kayak Storage Rack

    I liked this rack so much I made it twice... After making the first one to hold my 2 kayaks and 1 canoe I picked up another canoe, so I made some structural design changes and built a 2 kayak and 2 canoe storage rack. I'm still using the first one I built up at the cabin, this one I keep on the North side of my backyard storage building. No direct sun to worry about... The schedule 40 PVC is plenty strong for an 80 pound canoe and then some... I spaced the top canoe rack 2 ft. above the lower one. The width is about 39 inches. I just used foam pipe insulation and duct tape to cover the surface for the canoes to rest on. This rack is solid and it's easy to load and unload.

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  • Todd W Meyer commented on Todd W Meyer's instructable My Foam Built Micro Camper8 months ago
    My Foam Built Micro Camper

    The roof line does have a couple of inches of fall from the center to the front and back. There are some good pics of that. The overall height of the front of the camper is still pretty low so the vehicle will break almost all of the wind and the roof line will help with the aerodynamics. The trade off in not putting all of the front and rear curved lines is a lot more interior room. Hope this helps...

    I don't have any concerns about the walls blowing away/off. If you go look at all the photos and explanation of the attachment process I think you'll see why. I have decided to glue 1/4 inch plywood to my exterior and paint it. That will essentially turn my walls into SIPS (structural insulated panels). Having done another project with foam, glue, canvas and paint I don't feel that I can get the same quality exterior finish with the poor man's fiberglass.

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  • How to Make an Outdoor Kayak Storage Rack

    See my comments below for my modified material list, cut list, cost of project and time line to complete. Note: I only used 3 of the 4 10ft. lengths of PVC shown in photo with only the pictured scrap pieces left over.

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  • How to Make an Outdoor Kayak Storage Rack

    I built this canoe & Kayak rack using schedule 40 - 2 inch PVC. I changed up the design a bit by modifying the length of the pieces. I have a 14'6" canoe that I want to put on top with Kayaks on the bottom. Cut list is: 2x60", 2x19", 2x12", 8x18", 10x3". Material list is: 3 x 2" sch 40 PVC pipe 10 ft. in length. 1 x 16 oz. can PVC cement "Heavy Duty". 8 x 2" PVC tees. 8 x 2" PVC elbows 90d. 8 x 2" PVC caps. My total cost for this material was $104.60 out the door at my local Home Depot. You will see in my photos that I had originally purchased 4 lengths of PVC, but like others have pointed out, the original cut list had several extra pieces listed that are not needed. I returned one and used three 10 ft. lengths of PVC with...

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    I built this canoe & Kayak rack using schedule 40 - 2 inch PVC. I changed up the design a bit by modifying the length of the pieces. I have a 14'6" canoe that I want to put on top with Kayaks on the bottom. Cut list is: 2x60", 2x19", 2x12", 8x18", 10x3". Material list is: 3 x 2" sch 40 PVC pipe 10 ft. in length. 1 x 16 oz. can PVC cement "Heavy Duty". 8 x 2" PVC tees. 8 x 2" PVC elbows 90d. 8 x 2" PVC caps. My total cost for this material was $104.60 out the door at my local Home Depot. You will see in my photos that I had originally purchased 4 lengths of PVC, but like others have pointed out, the original cut list had several extra pieces listed that are not needed. I returned one and used three 10 ft. lengths of PVC with what you see in the photo below as my only scrap. This project took me about an hour to make the cuts and dry fit everything. About another 45 minutes to glue it all up. Note: don't glue the bottom end caps on - you will want to fill the base with water to give it a little bit more weight and stability...

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  • Todd W Meyer commented on Todd W Meyer's instructable My Foam Built Micro Camper1 year ago
    My Foam Built Micro Camper

    Those 4 X 8 frames at Harbor freight are no where near the quality of this frame and gear, and they are much smaller too.

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  • Todd W Meyer commented on Todd W Meyer's instructable My Foam Built Micro Camper1 year ago
    My Foam Built Micro Camper

    They use EPS for building SIP's. You need both strength and the ability to glue it without having a reaction to the adhesive/glue... I've found EPS to be the go to Foam for my projects

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  • Todd W Meyer commented on Todd W Meyer's instructable My Foam Built Micro Camper1 year ago
    My Foam Built Micro Camper

    If you are going to build something out of foam that needs to have structural integrity you should be using expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam panels. EPS is also a closed cell product which makes it water proof and a great insulator.

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  • Todd W Meyer commented on Todd W Meyer's instructable My Foam Built Micro Camper1 year ago
    My Foam Built Micro Camper

    The fiberglass cloth is not cheap and then to go through all of those extra steps and still have to glue the fiberglass panel to the foam wall just wouldn't make sense to me. The poor- man's fiberglass approach that I'm using is well tested. you may want to dig in and really research it. Check out rowerwet on facebook and also on instrucables he builds boats and has done a camping trailer. Good luck

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  • Todd W Meyer commented on Todd W Meyer's instructable My Foam Built Micro Camper1 year ago
    My Foam Built Micro Camper

    Nice Job! I'll bet it's quiet and comfortable inside with the foam and plywood combo...

    Canvas drop cloths purchased at Home Depot and Titebond II for the glue. See #6 "Time to gear up" section of my project for picks, etc...

    Thanks

    Yes, it is the same building technology to SIP's. as soon as the 1/4" paneling was glued in place the walls became super ridgid.

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  • Todd W Meyer commented on Todd W Meyer's instructable My Foam Built Micro Camper1 year ago
    My Foam Built Micro Camper

    I had the new tires mounted 1st so that I could inspect the inside of the rims and clean up anything that I needed to on the edges. I taped off the rubber for painting

    Thanks for your kind words

    I think I will be OK pulling it down the express way, the tow vehicle will cut the wind and when it's loaded will all my camping gear I'll have enough weight front and back to even the load. Thanks for your comments

    I did clean out the inside of the box frame with a plumbers snake and steel wool. Next I blew it out with the air compressor and then sprayed the inside of the box frame with Rust-Oleum. I will be storing it in the garage. I think it would do just fine even if I stored it outside. I've got a good coat of paint on the entire under side of the camper too.

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  • Todd W Meyer commented on Todd W Meyer's instructable My Foam Built Micro Camper1 year ago
    My Foam Built Micro Camper

    I'm waiting for the outside temp to get above 50 and stay there for a few days. I've targeted April to complete the exterior body work & paint, as well as interior trim work. That leaves May to set windows, run the final electrical trim out, set cabinets, set A/C, and build and install the door. Hope to finish by Memorial day 2017. Keep an eye out I will be adding photos as I work on things...

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  • Todd W Meyer commented on Todd W Meyer's instructable My Foam Built Micro Camper2 years ago
    My Foam Built Micro Camper

    Didn't insulate the floor because of all the storage space under the bed. That air chamber does provide a good buffer. With the cabinets accross the front that only leaves the floor space of about 38" × 6'. Didn't think it was enough to worry about, especially with how well insulated the walls and roof are. As for the wall attachment, etc. see the info l added about my "fun" project delay side trip. Thanks for following the project, watch for more picks this weekend.

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