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Old 08-10-2018, 09:15 PM   #43
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The subfloor near the door was replaced at some time before I purchased the Trade Wind, so I don't know what the plywood looked like originally. When we dropped the shell back onto the chassis, it became apparent that we needed to cut out about 3/8" of plywood to allow the door jamb bottom to recess in properly.

What type of hardware was used to secure the door jamb to the plywood subfloor? The pieces I retrieved at disassembly looked like #14 screws that were 1/2" long. Those screws do not exist, but maybe they did 50 years ago. My pictures show that there were three holes beneath the plywood, suggesting either self-tapping screws or stove bolts. I'm thinking the latter.
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Old 08-12-2018, 08:02 PM   #44
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I favor the clamp of the bolts over screws. You may have room beneath the subfloor at the step for longer screws or the bolts.

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Old 08-19-2018, 06:09 AM   #45
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Thanks, David. Bolts it was, and installed yesterday. There was plenty of room underneath the step for a washer and a Nylock nut.
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Old 09-16-2018, 07:39 PM   #46
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Today, I moved the trailer out of the hangar I was renting, back to the heated space at my school where I replaced the floor. When I tried to store the step, it hit the nuts below the door jamb. I should have checked the clearance before installing them. I'll take the nuts off and remove the bolts and see how much clearance I really have. Maybe some low profile jam nuts will fit. Any ideas? I guess I could use screws if I glued in some dowels and re-drilled the wood.
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Old 09-17-2018, 08:35 AM   #47
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I used self tapping screws that went into the frame below the door. I'm not sure how far down they went, but have not had any clearance problems.


It is refreshing to hear that someone else has had a "duh" moment, even though I firmly believe I still hold the record.
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Old 09-17-2018, 07:30 PM   #48
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Sorry to steer you wrong on the bolts and nuts. I don't remember my step folding that close to the bottom of the threshold. Gee, I think of the elevator bolts through the subfloor and C channel all penetrating into the frame space.

Stick some plumber's putty on the step, fold up the step, and get a clay impression of how much room you got. Then maybe some fastener will come to mind that would work.

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David--you didn't steer me wrong. I like the clamp of nuts and bolts as well. When I looked at where the bolts would come through and felt I had enough space, I was thinking to the sides of the nuts since the holes from the threshold are so close to the side of the frame. I never considered the space between the frame and the step when it is stored. I'll do some measuring with plumber's putty or clay and figure out the vertical space--good suggestion.
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Old 09-23-2018, 08:18 PM   #50
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I've begun replacing all the aluminum 12 volt and 110 volt wiring. Since I didn't take enough pictures of the ceiling of the trailer when removing the interior, can someone tell me how many of the original square ceiling lights there should be in the '67? I think that there is one for the living room, one for the kitchen, one for the bedroom, and one for the bath. There is an additional unit under the street side upper cabinet next to the fan. For some reason, I have restored six of the lights but think I only need five.
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Hi Wayne: There were five square overhead light fixtures in the former 66 Trade Wind. There were changes in 67 making the trailer nicer. So I don't know about a 67. Here is the wiring diagram for the 66 out of the owners manual showing five lights.

Hope you got your threshold bolted down and your steps folded up. All at the same time.

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Thanks for your response, David. From the 1967 wiring diagram I have, I believe there are five square lights as well, in the same position as your 1966. I'm not sure how I got it in my head there were six square lights. I'll have an extra to sell! The problem is that I cannot quite trust the diagram as my trailer wasn't wired exactly to spec. I'd blame a previous owner, but the cables are all aluminum and look equally old. I'm going to change the routing of the cables anyway since I'd like to mount a 12 volt fuse box or breaker box in the closet in the kitchen.

I haven't solved the threshold/step problem yet but I did put down two nice safety treads with a yellow stripe in each.
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Stick some plumber's putty on the step, fold up the step, and get a clay impression of how much room you got. Then maybe some fastener will come to mind that would work.
A friend of mine made a great suggestion--T-nuts. I'll use the kind without the prongs. This will require a little drilling from underneath with a slightly larger bit and and a right angle attachment for the drill. Some Loctite will keep the nut from loosening.
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