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Old 10-11-2004, 02:39 PM   #99
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problems posting pics

I guess changes were made to the picture posting process, it says 100kb max pictures. After resizing the last two 3 times, the quality is now so low, it's not worth posting them, in my opinion.
Too bad, I got lots more, but no more time right now. Might try again tonight.
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Old 10-11-2004, 09:03 PM   #100
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From what I can tell from the pictures, looks really great.

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Old 10-12-2004, 11:17 AM   #101
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New Belly Wrap

Here some shots of the new metal. I replaced all the belly pan sections, starting with the outside, of course, to get the shell back on.
The lower skin is not attached yet, I still have to make some "adjustments".
The curved sections were challenging. I look forward to installing the straight pieces under the coach.
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Old 10-12-2004, 11:32 AM   #102
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That looks great! What alloy/thickness did you use for the belly?
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Old 10-12-2004, 11:40 AM   #103
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Some detail shots of where shell, belly, and floor meet. The creature in one of the pics is Buffy, Murray's dog. He assumed the roll of supervisor during the procedures.
Now if I only could remember where I put the missing axle......
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Old 10-12-2004, 11:53 AM   #104
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Next step, new Tanks

My new tanks! 55gal fresh, and 56 gal grey.
The detail pics show the fresh water tanks service recess, with a 1 1/4in inlet, two 1/2in vents, one1/2in drain connection, and one 1/2in suction port for the water supply pump.
The grey tanks simply has a 1.5in threaded outlet. It will exit with an elbow behind the street side wheel.
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Old 10-12-2004, 11:55 AM   #105
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Now if I only could remember where I put the missing axle......

Ask Buffy. I think she buried it. Better call Corky and order a new one.
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The grey tanks simply has a 1.5in threaded outlet. It will exit with an elbow behind the street side wheel.
Uh, you need a vent on the grey tank. And an inlet?
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That looks great! What alloy/thickness did you use for the belly?
I used .025 6061

It is MUCH MUCH tougher than whatever it was I took off. The old belly felt like thick aluminum foil compared to this stuff.
My advise would be to buy the softest alloy in .025 or slightly thinner to make the curved pieces.
the front left and right, as well as the rear left and right corners have a nasty multi compound curve to them. Not hard to do, if you have yielding material.
My fingers hurt so bad from bending all the tabs over, I have to take a week off from tinkering so all my muscles and skin cuts can heal. Nope, can't work well with gloves.
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It is MUCH MUCH tougher than whatever it was I took off. The old belly felt like thick aluminum foil compared to this stuff.
I agree! I used .032" 5052-H32. Way too hard to work with.
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Uh, you need a vent on the grey tank. And an inlet?
Yes, indeed. The inlets will come through the floor, into the top of the tank. I ordered the tanks un-cut for inlets, because I don't know the exact locations yet.
One ( shower, bathroom sink) will go through the bottom of the rear curbside closet, the other ( kitchen sink) will enter the grey tank from under the front of the bed. Both of these drain lines have vents connected, exiting through the roof. I assume that this is enough venting to properly fill and drain the tank.
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Yes, indeed. The inlets will come through the floor, into the top of the tank. I ordered the tanks un-cut for inlets, because I don't know the exact locations yet.
Good for you. I did a lot of Autocad before I figured out where mine should go. One comes up in the pantry and the other under the stove/sink.

What temper aluminum did you sue for the belly? If it was 6061-T6 or higher I can see where you had problems bending it.
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I agree! I used .032" 5052-H32. Way too hard to work with.
.032 would be great for the straight parts, I used this on my Tradewind under the rear.
Even the .025 is great for the straight and level parts. It's the curve-compounds that gave me trouble while using this heavy material.
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Good for you.

What temper aluminum did you sue for the belly? If it was 6061-T6 or higher I can see where you had problems bending it.
I used 6061 T4 Alclad. I have to admit - I did little research, just picked the cheapest .025 metal from the Airscraft Spruce catalog.
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