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Old 02-19-2018, 03:39 PM   #57
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Sub Floor

For what ever reason...it seems like getting my subfloor completed is taking for ever. It is the foundation so I guess it should be done right.

Two coats of epoxy and numerous coats of exterior water base hopefully that will keep the rot away for a decade or so. I decided to add a moisture barrier on the frame to keep water from seeping in and to compress the floor to the frame so that there is no gaps. I really don't know if this will work as intended, but since they do it in house building and it really did not cost that much and is easy to do... Next major part is tipping the frame to attach the scary awful belly pans

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Old 02-21-2018, 06:42 AM   #58
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For what ever reason...it seems like getting my subfloor completed is taking for ever. It is the foundation so I guess it should be done right.

Two coats of epoxy and numerous coats of exterior water base hopefully that will keep the rot away for a decade or so. I decided to add a moisture barrier on the frame to keep water from seeping in and to compress the floor to the frame so that there is no gaps. I really don't know if this will work as intended, but since they do it in house building and it really did not cost that much and is easy to do... Next major part is tipping the frame to attach the scary awful belly pans

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The thought of the belly pan is way more scary than actually fabricating the belly pan. It's not nearly as hard as you think it'll be, go for it!
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Old 02-26-2018, 03:31 PM   #59
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Sideways...

Making progress...tilted the trailer on it's side. Ordered the belly pan aluminum.
Next update hopefully soon.

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Old 02-26-2018, 03:46 PM   #60
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Youíre making good progress. I hope you enjoy the belly pan corners more than I did. Good luck and have fun. Bubba
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Old 03-12-2018, 05:33 PM   #61
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Belly Up

Flipping the trailer completely over would be the way go. Being on the side is second best.

It took me 3 paper patterns to make it right. I did not find impossible, but it was a challenge to make it look good.

Everyone tackles this differently and I looked at a lot of posts and tried to do what works for me...but there are challenges ahead.

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Old 03-28-2018, 02:00 PM   #62
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Belly Pan Update

Well last few weeks around here have been dedicated to house maintenance and spring breakers, visiting. Now back to the real work

Couple more sections have been put on. I'm trying to make sure I mouse proof the sucker. However I know they can squeeze into a hole as little as a 1/4 inch.

Takes time...as I said b4 its easier on the side than on your back...but flipping is the way to go..

Oh yes you can never have enough clecos...just ordered 50 more.

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Old 03-29-2018, 05:05 AM   #63
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Making good progress. I'm jealous and still looking at snow out my window.

Couple of questions:
How thick is the insulation you attached to the floor?
How did you attach it?

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Old 03-29-2018, 06:33 AM   #64
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If you just ordered 50 clecos then you are still 50 short.
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Old 03-30-2018, 07:09 AM   #65
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Making good progress. I'm jealous and still looking at snow out my window.

Couple of questions:
How thick is the insulation you attached to the floor?
How did you attach it?

Thanks,
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The insulation is 2"...and the back side has a thin plastic type sheet covering the foam board. I basically glued it on with a water base adhesive that was recommended to me, it comes in a tube like caulk. I would tell you the name but I don't have any tubes laying around.
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Old 03-30-2018, 07:09 AM   #66
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If you just ordered 50 clecos then you are still 50 short.
OH NO! Now you tell me....
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Old 04-14-2018, 03:41 PM   #67
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I have had this tool for at least the last 30 years ...and when pulling a lot of pop rivets especially big or steel this is life saver.

Got all the flat pieces on and tomorrow I will start on the banana wraps.

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Old 04-30-2018, 07:44 PM   #68
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Plugging Away

The problem with having to many toys is you have to attend to each of there needs...and the airstream gets the short straw. Oh well now the boats water pump is replaced...and the Jeepster,s tranny is now been rebuild.

Working on the banana wraps. Not really difficult, just takes time. Each wrap has an extra strip on the out riggers to prevent creasing and rub thru. Iím making the wraps a separate so they can replaced easily when dented... also getting ready to cut holes for the on demand hot water heater...thinking ahead

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Old 05-04-2018, 03:25 PM   #69
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Big Holes

Today I finally got the measurements for the holes on the hot water heater. Measured 6x LOL and only cut once. I thought it would be easier cutting the belly pan b4 I rivet in place. Since the holes are 4 1/2 inches I'm glad I did it.

Doing an on demand water heater, with the exhaust through the floor rather than out the side. One hole is intake and the other is the exhaust. Smaller hole is for a pressure relief tube.

I used 4 inch pvc to line the hole and to give it the direct outlet it needs. Will screen the bottom with some screen caps.

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Old 05-12-2018, 03:15 PM   #70
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Done!

Don't let the title mislead you...only the belly pan is done..

Like I said in a previous post...if you can flip it completely over, you will save a lot of time and back aches. I put my pan together with approx. 20 sections. For me it was easier to do...plus all the banana wraps can be removed separately if need be.

Each out rigger has a sacrificial aluminum covering if the seams did not over lap.

The exposed wood floor under the steps got a aluminum covering and will get caulked to seal out any water intrusion.

Next step is to clean the shell and get it ready to be attached to the sub floor. Can't wait to start doing something different.

Oh yes my first measure 10x cut once mistake. Any how I just "stretched" the aluminum by adding a piece since I was out of that material. It's on the bottom so no one can see it.
A few years ago I would of fretted about this and maybe ordered more aluminum . But knowing you can't see it and its not structural it does not bother me one bit...haha

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