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Old 08-21-2011, 12:52 PM   #15
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Any idea what the frame is like?
Just a preliminary check has some holes through the main c-channel under the bathroom. Fairly common. I checked the integrity of the A-frame before moving it and it appears to be solid. I know I have a few outriggers that will need replacing. Oddly enough, after having removed all of the parquet flooring, there were no soft spots in the floor. Very unusual. We'll see when I pull out the tub and brittle bathroom plastics. Just a small area left to check.

Once I get done with the interior strip out, I will go around the trailer and make sure it is leak free. Many of the windows have no caulking around them, and I know from recent rains that it is coming in from there.

When it is all water tight from the top down, I will venture under the trailer and drop the banana wraps and belly skin. That will be the tell all. Ya never know, but I don't think it is going to be too too bad. (he says to himself with cautious optimism) Fortunately, whatever I find can either be fixed or replaced. I got the trailer for "next to nothing" so I can't really complain.

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Old 08-21-2011, 02:14 PM   #16
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Tom, Sneak already gets about 9 emails a day from me, each one on a different subject. But now I will add a 10th to "encourage" him, he will probably love that.
I think he will simply eat it up. But let's be careful to not give him a big head or anything.

Sure, he's simply fantastic with both knowing what works & how to implement it; but be sure to include platitudes instead of gushing admiration of great things to come in your emails...

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Old 08-26-2011, 03:53 PM   #17
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I'll ring Barry's bell for him

Okay folks - I was hoping Sneakinup would ring his own bell about a site destined to chronicle greatness-about-to-happen. But he "snuck up" and added a link to his signature instead of updating this thread.

So's you don't have roll the mouse up to his last post, bookmark this site:

Barry's Sovereign

He's kinda slow, but most Masters are...

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Old 02-21-2012, 06:30 AM   #18
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Ok, so...is this the restoration thread?

I saw sneakinup's pic uploaded to the gallery--ruberized undercoating. what's up with that? no por 15? sure looks a heckuvalot easier. but will it hold up?
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:48 AM   #19
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No, I document on my own web page. 77 Sovereign

I did my last trailer with POR15. Not this one. The frame on this trailer was still mostly painted black after 35 years (you can see it in some of my pictures). The rust was of course due only to the insulation soaking up water and laying against the frame and outriggers. After doing my repairs and welding, I wire brushed everything, applied 2-3 coats of OSPHO with a pump sprayer, and have just started to spray paint it. I did the same thing on a flatbed trailer of mine and it has worked well. Auto restorers use OSPHO all the time with excellent results.

I wouldn't say it was less work, just less expensive and not as messy. I am pretty confident that I will get another 35 years out of the frame. The one difference is that I won't do what the previous owners have done, and that is to let the trailer go unattended and neglected for years on end. I will sell it before that happens.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:34 AM   #20
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I too use OSPHO. It works great. I never will use Rustoleum again. It bleeds rust thru within months on everything from pipe and cable fence to Airstream frames.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:34 AM   #21
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I agree about Rustoleum paints for the most part, but I thought I would try this stuff out. The OSPHO'd steel has been exposed for weeks now in the moist FL weather with no signs of rust forming. I think this product will work OK. It will be another month or two before I close everything in with the banana wrap and belly skin. Will let you all know what happens!
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:54 AM   #22
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Are you painting on top of the ospho, or just using that spray-undercoating?
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:01 PM   #23
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For right now I am just spraying on the undercoating on top of the OSPHO'd metals. It will be a month or so before I am ready to button up the banana wraps and belly skin. I want to see how it holds up. I already tested painting over the undercoating and that worked well, but that is double the process. The can says it is paintable. Most likely I will just leave the undercoating since it totally covers like paint. "They" say it is not necessary to paint over it unless you are trying to match a color. The stuff is black, and that is what I would be painting the frame anyway.
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:36 PM   #24
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I used a similar product on my Overlander, and did not paint where the sun did not shine.

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Old 03-01-2012, 05:21 AM   #25
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My underbelly has been exposed for some time now in the moist Florida air, and things seem to be holding up fine down there. When I do close it up, the areas "where the sun don't shine" will have some ventilation ports like I did in my last trailer... as well as no pink stuff! It will have an opportunity to AIR out.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:40 AM   #26
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I've never put a bellypan back on mine, and almost 3 years of camping on it this way. I love being able to see the floor from the underside, I'll never be surprised by rot this way, and the water repellent I treated the plywood with is holding up well so far. I suppose I could re-treat it every few years maybe.

The floor gets significantly colder in winter, and slightly warmer in summer, but that's not enough to make me want to change what I'm doing.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:17 AM   #27
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What did you attach your gas lines to without a belly skin? The frame cross members?
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You guys without bellypans are much more brave than I. I have this vision of rolling down the road and arriving at the campsite with a roadkill armadillo staring back at me next to the step release.

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