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Old 01-10-2016   #21
 
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Well....if you count your time as worth anything you arnt gonna save a nickle. BUT if you want one of a kind custom size extra thick... softer or harder than the off the shelf....

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Old 01-10-2016   #22
 
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Do it. Looking forward to seeing your go at it. Who cares if you don't save a ton of money, it's still cool to build your own gear and be creative. Sounds like a cool project.
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Old 01-13-2016   #23
 
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Dual layer foam!

I had an Aire Landing pad fill up with water and get trashed. After Aire refused to sell me replacement foam I got online and ordered a piece of 2"higher density foam and a piece of medium density foam for comfort. Then I took some spray adhesive (compatable with the foam - 3M I think) and glued the two together for some custom comfort - worked great. The only thing I'd do differently about the project would be to cut across the pad about a foot down from the top and leave about 6" uncut from both sides to make gluing a patch easier. Basically dont cut across the top. 6-7 years later and a ton of river trips, my pad probably needs a redo again but that's well worth $50 of high quality foam when you spend 30 nights a year camping.
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Thanks for the info. I have been thinking about doing something like that, and I wondered about how the adhesive holds up over time and in the heat of desert sun. It sounds like 7 years later, it's still doing the job, so I may try that.
With the firm foam in it, does it roll up well?
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Unless you take the time to really roll it tight it's pretty big when rolled up. I hardly ever roll it up, it mostly covers my front deck area unrolled. Getting walked and sat on all day has probably led to needing to replace the foam again.
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Its not a paco but I just got done making this dry box cover, not to bad for not sewing for 10 years. Im pretty proud of it. Next up cooler and Rocket box covers!!!
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Nice work!
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Sweet!
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Old 02-07-2016   #29
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That looks pretty awesome!
Have you ever thought of making a cooler bag? You could use
the white material to make a bag your cooler sits in, then you could line it with an insulating material, and leave some drain holes in the bottom. Kinda like a drop bag on steroids that makes your ice last longer.
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Old 02-07-2016   #30
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Although I guess there might be a problem growing funky stuff inside when it got wet, would still be cool to have all that reflective insulation...
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