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Old 05-15-2018, 06:48 AM   #71
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It's looking great!
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Old 05-20-2018, 07:57 AM   #72
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Water Testing

Before putting the shell back onto the frame I thought I would do some water testing and sealing. This way most of the crud is still on the ground and not on my brand new floor...LOL

What is interesting is that the end caps showed no sign of water intrusion and after a good soaking still were good. The only leaks so far are where they were before...did some blue pad die grinding to get the corrosion off and then sprayed the seams with leak seal...this stuff works great. It also comes in a clear formula, which might come in handy for quick repairs on the roof. I also have a quart of flex seal that someone gave me and will use this to coat everything that has a hole in it.

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Old 06-02-2018, 02:51 PM   #73
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Lift on...

Finally got the shell back on...just in time for hurricane season. Putting the shell on is always a PIA. No matter how you plan it there is always a rivet or stray pieces of aluminum that hangs you up. It seems like you kick, push, shove and say bad things about somebody's mother. Then like some miracle you hear a loud noise and everything is solid. I do have to say when that shell is on the frame it is rock hard no jiggle...

A couple pictures showing the inside. I hard mounted the shell to the frame at four points. Now all the fun begins putting the 600 rivets in that I took out oh so long ago...

Off on a river cruise for the month of June so no more action til July.

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Old 06-02-2018, 04:39 PM   #74
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Shell on

Congratulations! Shell on is a milestone for sure
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Old 06-02-2018, 06:07 PM   #75
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You sure have come a long way. Glad the shell dropped back on without issue. I think that was my first initial big concern. But I found that there are a few concerns after the shell goes back on. I love challenges. All is looking great. Keep the progress going. Good luck, Bubba
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Old 06-03-2018, 05:03 AM   #76
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Woo-hoo and a yiiipppeee ki-yay!!! Good job! We can't wait to get to this point on ours. That point will be a sigh of relief. One question . . .

Did you do anything special to the decking joints? What type of joint did you use?
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Old 06-03-2018, 06:24 AM   #77
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Old 06-03-2018, 07:46 AM   #78
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I can only imagine how good that feels. Going to be a long time until I am there. At least I don't usually have to worry about hurricanes, only snow.

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Old 06-03-2018, 08:59 AM   #79
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Woo-hoo and a yiiipppeee ki-yay!!! Good job! We can't wait to get to this point on ours. That point will be a sigh of relief. One question . . .

Did you do anything special to the decking joints? What type of joint did you use?
Not sure I understand the question fully. All boards and edges were epoxy sealed and painted. The joints on the sub floor are just butted up to each other with a bead of silicone caulk to water proof them. The C channel has a moisture barrier between the channel and the floor. And the sub floor also has a barrier on it floor to frame...hope this helps.
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Old 06-04-2018, 04:15 AM   #80
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Not sure I understand the question fully. All boards and edges were epoxy sealed and painted. The joints on the sub floor are just butted up to each other with a bead of silicone caulk to water proof them. The C channel has a moisture barrier between the channel and the floor. And the sub floor also has a barrier on it floor to frame...hope this helps.
That answered my question. Thanks so much! Some, and thatís only a handful of people, have added wood cabinetry biscuits to the subfloor joints. Preventing vertical movement across the width of the long subfloor joints. Overkill? Probably. We are not far from adding the new decking subfloor onto the new frame. Just polling what others have done.

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Old 06-05-2018, 01:06 AM   #81
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That answered my question. Thanks so much! Some, and thatís only a handful of people, have added wood cabinetry biscuits to the subfloor joints. Preventing vertical movement across the width of the long subfloor joints. Overkill? Probably. We are not far from adding the new decking subfloor onto the new frame. Just polling what others have done.

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The neat thing about the forum is that you do get a lot of ideas. I saw the biscuit thing (and I am a wood worker) and said really? If you look at the number of bolts going through the sub floor I do not see how there can be any movement. That being said my wife has accused me many times of over engineering things on past projects. So you pick your battles....good luck.
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Old 06-30-2018, 02:27 PM   #82
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New Tow Vehicle

Needed to move the airstream from outer bay to the middle bay for more room...

So much easier with the golf cart...

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Old 07-15-2018, 08:45 PM   #83
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What A PIA

After buck riveting the body to the c channel ...the next little challenge is putting the wheel trim on. Three hours oh what a PIA😂...you have to cut the c channel and then heat it up. Then hold your breath while you bend it and hope it does not kink...all said and done. It turned out pretty good..
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Pretty good? I would say it came out great. I am hoping to reuse my old wheel trim, but we will see.

How did you apply the heat? Aluminum is tough as it doesn't change color right up the point of melting it. A little scary.

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