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Old 01-15-2016, 10:58 PM   #29
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started pulling off the old floor. Put it in the burn pile. Was nice to get that nasty smell out of my hangar. With the floor off I can see all the work Im going to have to do on the frame. The main frame members look sound but most of the cross members are shot along with the outriggers. I plan on welding on new ones. Thats where Im at now.
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Old 01-15-2016, 11:07 PM   #30
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Decided to save the belly pan just in case I need extra measurements
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Old 01-16-2016, 09:50 AM   #31
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Now that I have the girl broken down to parade rest its time to start on the frame. I have quite a bit of welding to do. Before I begin I was wondering if anybody has any advice on grey and black water tanks. Just in case I need to replace the cross members in order to fit the tanks. The last tank in the trailer was a big iron monster bolted to the side of the trailer as you can see. Not sure what setup will work best. Any ideas would be great. Mike
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Old 01-16-2016, 10:35 AM   #32
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Saving the bellypan is a good idea, the corners are much easier to re-create from a pattern.

I used new 4x2x.125 thick rectangle steel for new crossmembers on each side of the tanks, they give you much more meat to attach straps and won't twist like the flimsy formed steel original stuff.

I've used the VTS in-bellypan tanks and also some that hang below the frame. The hang down version has a sloped bottom and the outlet hangs just below the frame rail, no need to blow a hole in the main rail for a dump pipe to go thru.

Good looking work!
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[QUOTE=Stanley29;1736827]started pulling off the old floor. Put it in the burn pile. Was nice to get that nasty smell out of my hangar. With the floor off I can see all the work Im going to have to do on the frame. The main frame members look sound but most of the cross members are shot along with the outriggers. I plan on welding on new ones. Thats where Im at now.[/QUO

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Old 01-16-2016, 03:27 PM   #35
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Thanks for the encouragement. Have to wire up a 220 plug in my barn for a welder….then I need to figure out how to weld. My neighbor(4 miles away)is an expert. He said he'll teach me. Ive always wanted to learn how to weld and this is a great opportunity. A trip to Hawaii this week then I'll be back at it.
Any suggestions on Tank sizes? I understand that the crapper has to be directly over the black tank. Makes sense. Also got a number from Colin Hyde on an axle. Torsion axle already assembled, shipped and ready to go for around $800. Seems reasonable. I guess I'll have to weld a few plates on the frame and then Ill be good to go.
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Old 01-19-2016, 11:39 AM   #36
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Does anybody have a good suggestion on how to plumb this baby? As you can see the old tank is positioned on the outer side of the main frame rail which allows the waste to make a straight shot(good). Don't think I can fit a new tank in that position without it being seen(eye sore)which leaves the main frame to deal with. I don't see how I can go over it with the floor in place which means I have to go through it. Guess I could try and build the shower pan up and slide the pipe over the rail. last thing I want to do is drill holes in the main frame rail. Tin man is helping on this but I thought Id throw it out to the forum for more ideas. Thanks, Mike
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That's what I did. My shower pan sits two inches above the rest of the subfloor. Lost a couple inches of headroom, but better than weakening the frame.
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Old 01-19-2016, 07:54 PM   #38
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I'll probably do the same. No problems with clogging? You must have run a 2" elbow over to the other side of the frame. Thanks, Mike
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Thanks for the encouragement. Have to wire up a 220 plug in my barn for a welder….then I need to figure out how to weld. My neighbor(4 miles away)is an expert. He said he'll teach me. Ive always wanted to learn how to weld and this is a great opportunity. A trip to Hawaii this week then I'll be back at it.
Any suggestions on Tank sizes? I understand that the crapper has to be directly over the black tank. Makes sense. Also got a number from Colin Hyde on an axle. Torsion axle already assembled, shipped and ready to go for around $800. Seems reasonable. I guess I'll have to weld a few plates on the frame and then Ill be good to go.
With your new axle will it raise your trailer.
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I'll probably do the same. No problems with clogging? You must have run a 2" elbow over to the other side of the frame. Thanks, Mike

1.5", but yeah. We're still waist-deep in our restoration so hasn't been put to practice yet, but it passed to old hose test.
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Not sure if Im going to go with a torsion control axle or not. I got a quote from Colin Hyde for a torsion axle but after speaking with a few other guys Im thinking maybe I will stick with the old drop style with the leaf springs. Hell it was good enough for Wally and he went around the world on dirty roads. Might be easier just clean up the old springs and strap the new axle on. I think my trailer has 10 springs
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Old 01-29-2016, 05:18 PM   #42
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As far as the back tank goes. Im trying to figure out if I can move the crapper out just enough that I can have a straight discharge and not mess with going over, under or through the frame. That would be ideal and easiest Im thinking. I do have the advantage of 26 feet. Just do a little repositioning.
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