Friday, March 30, 2007

6AM - On the beach at Ligui.
Yesterday when MsTioga and The Team reached the City of Constitución, it was decided to keep on going and head north. A little after dark, we reached Ligui, and headed for the beach.

This morning we found a great Camp on the beach. Everybody on The Team loves this Camp! Here on this beach is the perfect place to share with you all the changes to MsTioga that happened during the past six weeks.
George and MsTioga at Ligui.


Ligui view from MsTioga's roof.


8AM - Readers want to know!
During the past six weeks at Jose's Fiberglass Shop, readers have sent us a ton of email about the things being done. Here on the beach at Ligui, we have time now to look at questions and concerns of readers.

The tilt-up solar panels:
For a couple of years, The Team's friend John has been encouraging us to make our solar panels tilt-up to get more electricity. Also, Mr. Sunny wanted his panels to be all together, not spread out all over MsTioga's roof. The only way do tilt-up and get the panels all together, was to eliminate the air conditioner [which we never used].

The tilt-up assembly is constructed from 1" x 3" pine board, which is painted to protect against the weather. As you may see in the pics below, this assembly is connected to our new fiberglass roof by hinges which are screwed into fiberglassed boards. This attachment to the roof is incredibly strong. The solar panels will not blow away as we travel down the road.

The cable carrying electricity from the panels to the battery charge controller is very short. This cable goes into a fiberglass box which is covered by my first fiberglass project, the cover that you see in the pic. Mr. Datastorm's cables also use this fiberglass box.
Tilt-up solar panels & Datastorm antenna.


Cable run to fiberglass box.


The fiberglass roof.
When Jose first began to do our fiberglass job, we only asked him to repair one of MsTioga's dings. We knew all the things that we wanted done, but were concerned that if we laid the entire job on Jose, he would be scared off! It turned out that Jose is incredibly talented with fiberglass and loved the challenge of fiberglassing all of the things that we wanted done.

Readers have wondered where Jose found a sheet of fiberglass big enough for the roof. Jose does not use sheets of fiberglass, but "lays-up" the fiberglass which he buys in rolls. Before fiberglass is layed-up, it is a cloth. This cloth is drenched with a resin which when cured is incredibly strong. The laid-up roof is actually one piece of fiberglass now, with no seams and is fiberglassed to MsTioga's walls. There is no way for rain to ever leak past the fiberglass.

I wrote a MsTioga Magazine story about our Fiberglass and Paint Job at Jose's Fiberglass Shop in the City of Constitucion in Baja California del Sur. You may read about that story by clicking [here].

MsTioga's old EPDM rubber roof was 16 years old and patched with Eternabond tape to keep it from leaking. We did not know how much longer the roof would last and wanted to get a new roof while the rubber roof still was good. The new fiberglass roof weighs about 180 pounds, which is partly offset by the removal of the air conditioner.

9:30AM - Changes that MsTioga loves!
Little Mavicito and MsTioga were talking about the wonderful changes the fiberglass and paint jobs have made. MsTioga asked Little Mavicito to take pics of her favorite new things.
The rounded roof corners.

The front fringe corner.


In the pics of the front fringe [above] and the rear skirt [below], you see the outer doors that are painted the fringe and skirt colors. The aluminum door frames are also painted to match, a last minute change which we love soooooooo much!
The rear skirt.


Tioga/George graphics.

MsTioga's favorite thing, is the rear fender. The fender used to be a separate plastic part. Now the fender and the wall appear to be one. Blended smooth and gorgeous!
The rear fender.


3PM - Time to kick back on the beach.
This morning I replied to some of the emails that came in during MsTioga's paint job. Also, cleaned up a little of the sand that blew in over the weeks at Jose's Fiberglass Shop. Man-O-Man! There is a lot of sand inside MsTioga.

I've been experimenting with taking care of a new paint job. The paint is still drying, and will not completely dry for about two weeks. Still, MsTioga's new paint has to be cleaned. I've been using a damp terry cloth towel and gently removing traffic dust and bugs.
Resting on the beach.




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