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Old 02-05-2011, 04:24 PM   #169
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It has been raining here while I had two jobs to do. Get new axles mounted on the chassis and get the chassis back under the shell.

In the meantime the plywood floor is semi screwed on and covered with a leaky tarp.

Luckily I was able to get the axles on the past couple of nights after I got home from work. This weekend was to be the weekend when the shell goes back on.

Once I started I decided that I had to take pictures of this, because 1) It is a once in a lifetime type thing, 2) It will be funny later, and 3) The Yankees on the forum will love this...
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:26 PM   #170
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It actually worked out ok, except I turned a little too sharp and it cost me a tail lens..
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:29 PM   #171
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This is my now empty shop.
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:31 PM   #172
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She/He is ready to become one again.
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:33 PM   #173
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Looking good Daniel. That sure is an interesting TV setup. Does that qualify as a weight distributing hitch or maybe a hidden hitch brand.
hey what's the piece of plywood in front of the front hold down plate and behind the propane tank rack for?
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:43 PM   #174
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Thanks, buddy. It sure feels good to have this thing back under the shell.

Yeah, that is my TV. I don't have a proper hitch yet. Gotta get one.

The plywood in the front is a quickie thing I put there to hold up the front of the spare tire carrier. I kinda like it there. That seems like a really convenient location to release the spare. Thinking of making something permanent there maybe. That seems like a good place to put a couple of batteries too. I don't know if there is enough room for all of that though.
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O.K. I understand now. So you have the original spare tire carrier that mounts the spare under the belly between the A frame. Did you place a sheet of aluminium on the bottom side of the floor in that area before the floor went on. It is open to the elements and not closed in like the rest of the belly. I'll add some pics of the area I made for the same carrier. The mothership puts a shhet of aluminium on the bottom of the floor and just leaves the sides open along the inside edge of the A frame. I boxed mine right in with aluminium pieces bent in a Z pattern. They have a lower edge under the edge of the belly pan, a vertical side over the inner edge of the A frame and another edge under the shhet on the bottom of the floor. Then every edge was sealed with vulkem. It looks really clean and will keep the roadspray and little critters out of the belly.
I think you might have to beef up the suspension to tow a 31 with that TV.
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:14 PM   #176
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Thanks. Yes mine fits in the same area. Thanks for the pics and the heads-up.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:04 AM   #177
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I didn't trust that I could get the C channel on the floor measured and cut correctly before getting the trailer back under the shell so doing that now.

First I fashioned a poor-man's plumb bob.
Then set the C channel in place and used the string to mark where to cut,
then cut them with a hack saw.

The curbside took more cuts because of all of the junk on that side.

Now I have to go figure out how to get the wheel wells back on
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Great idea Daniel. Wouldn't it work for the wheel well location as well.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:25 PM   #179
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Hey Chris. Yes, I did that on all of the C channels all the way around. Once I got the floor tagged on I did the measurements then fit all of the C channel pieces a little too long, then measured and cut them all once the shell was overhead.
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For the wheel wells, because they stick up so much higher than the rest of the chassis, there were two choices.
1) Put the wheel wells on the floor, then jack the shell up more so that they would fit when rolling the chassis back up under, or
2) Leave the wheel wells off, then put them on once the chassis was back under the shell.

I chose option 2, cause I hate, hate jacking up the shell.
Once the chassis was back under, the options to get the wheel wells back on were
1) Remove a sheet or two of the floor, or
2) Remove the wheels
I chose option 2 again.

And now... drum roll, please.....
BAM!
The shell is back home!
I am so excited, relieved, and excited...

All that is left to do today is fit the last piece of floor, I left that loose because I wasn't sure of the measurement, clean up the big mess in the yard and put some duct tape around the bottom edge of the shell to ward off water..

In the picture of the rear, that is with the shell resting entirely on the chassis. The rear sag is just a tad over 3/4".

Awesomeness..
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Congradulations

Hurrah Daniel. I'm very happy for you. You now are a graduate of the Air Forums Full Monte College. Your cap and gown are in the mail.
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That is a nice TV! Where there's a will, there's a way! Congratulations on the re-uniting.
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