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Old 12-22-2009, 02:14 PM   #71
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Frame Work

I didn't get pictures posted of insulating the frame and the replacement of the steel sheet metal in the back. A little explanation on my approach to repairing the back-end. I used two aluminum angles one pointed up and one down. Both under the new sub-floor. I also slid a new C channel under the original much-corroded channel. Then sandwich it all together with bolts down thru the C channel, sub-floor, 2 AL angles, and a new frame cross member. NO rear-end separation.
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:47 PM   #72
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Corrosion Damage

If you look back at post #70 there is a pic showing the damage left by the mice in the pic there is also a white area in the insulation. AL Corrosion dust. The full extent of the damage was apparent after cleaning the insulation off. Two areas at the first exterior skin joint have corrosion that has eaten thru. See pics.
The sequence of work:-clean interior walls, -Remove one interior panel, clean off caulk, remove rivets, lay panels in floor, Clean mice Dabris, Repeat on the next panel until all panels on one side of trailer or off.
Take down insulation and throw-away. Wipe down all exposed surfaces with a strong Clorox water solution. The start on the next side followed with removal and cleaning of the end caps.

My approach to stopping the corrosion: After cleaning/scrubbing area, I sanded with a power sander and then by hand which didn't clean the pits but got all the surface. Then I hauled in the sand-baster and went to town. Finally I had some auto primer paint laying around so I painted on a thick coat. I repeated this process on the curb side of the trailer. See pics on the following post.
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:55 PM   #73
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Corrosion Repair

As you can see by the end I was painting everything that was off colored. Sometime I loose my reference. You could say I am a little scared not to address every item now. The second picture you can see the curb side has some of the same corrosion spots, I didn't find any holes. I did end up repeating the same process(sand sand-blast paint) on the rest of the trailer.
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:20 PM   #74
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Design Thoughts

Now that the trailer is clean and smelling ok I can risk getting interior finishes input from the boss. Until now I was afraid she would come out take one look, a good whiff and the show would be over. I have for the most part sheltered the family from the offal truth. Back on topic- the look will be Modern with dark floors, light casework, blue/brown walls, bright Aluminum. Not sure yet what the bathroom main color will be? The wall color came from some dishes we use, see the second pic for close-up. If anyone has an idea of how to reproduce this I am all ears. A sample of the floor is in there as well.
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:31 PM   #75
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Skin Patches

To patch the corrosion holes and the holes left after removing the antenna I fab'ed the patches by drawing them in CAD and printing full scale then double sided taping them to the material. I rough cut and then sanded down to final dimension. Set up the drill press to punch the holes. The question I have is I used a #21 drill bit and tried dry fitting a solid rivet. The rivet wouldn't go. I reread the threads and I have the right bit and the right rivets. Could by bit be poorly made and smaller than specs? Should the rivets fit snug or a little sloppy?
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Old 12-24-2009, 01:27 PM   #76
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For a 5/32" rivet, the #21 bit is the right one. The rivet should slide in easily, but not loose. Sometimes you have to redrill just before you put the rivet in, due to small movements as you drill and cleco.

I am impressed with your progress. Offal is right!

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Old 01-19-2010, 03:15 PM   #77
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Windows/Vistiviews

Sunday I took advantage of the warm weather: caulked two windows (curbside bedroom and back) and prepped the street side bedroom window.

The PO replaced the street side vistaviews at some point with newer one piece units. The curbside are the two piece with retaining ring. I am on the bubble on what to do. Keep in mind all 4 leak and have glazing pealing. I like the idea of a window to the sky BUT! At the minimum the one piecer's have to come out to be fixed. I am thinking that I may patch the 2 street side and fix the 2 older ones. Then with more time say next winter work at fixing the 2 street side one piecer's?

Last night I was able to start testing the 12 volt electrical system. Started with the exterior lights. I was surprised. The brake/turn/backup lights burned bright. The clearance lights have the typical crumbling bases but I have good voltage to all points. I then moved to interior wiring. Good so far.
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I forgot to mention... I am completely envious you painted the top of your frame! I guess that will always be the weak spot of my project - noxious pink sand working its way out even with saturating the area with paint...

Progress is great, but I am most impressed with your discretion - offal things considered
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Old 07-27-2010, 12:35 PM   #79
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Long over due Update

Renovations have moved along. June I had the house to myself, allowing for great strides. How to summarize the last 6 months. Patched all holes, rebuilt all Vista Views high and low.
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Overdue Update

Replaced back end center panel due to corrosion. Replaced all running lights with LEDs, Removed tail lights, cleaned, sanded, painted, polished. Removed and painted letters.

Last pic is of VV window rebuilt with the break the interior panel of glass method. I have two of this style of VV. Both were removed for the trailer, broke inside pane, cleaned/tented, caulked, and reinstalled. The other 4 VV windows are the retaining clip style. They have also been rebuilt.
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Long Overdue cont.

The oven/range fan and exterior cover has been cleaned, polished, and steel parts painted. Plumbing vents polished. The Interior has been insulated. End caps reinstalled. Partial interior skin reinstalled. That pretty much sums it up.

The disappointing part is we wont be on the road this summer. The upside is it feels like things are moving much faster now.
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Excellent! Looks like you'll be keeping the title!
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Question on Waste tank supports

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Does anyone know of or have center supports running perpendicular to the removable angle supports that hold up the tanks. I will have to post pics later. To try and further explain there are drops welding to the floor joist on both sides of the black water and gray water tanks (there is only one between the two tanks) These drops are centered in the middle of the trailer measuring side to side. The drops extend below where the belly skin should go. Belly skin was missing when I got the trailer. From the drops cross members where bolted on running under the tanks apparently added support to the center of the waste tanks.

Has anyone seen this or done anything like this? When the tanks are full is the side angle supports enough? I was thinking I could beef things up by sliding some flat stock in at 2 to 3 places under the tanks supported by the angles on each side.
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Interior Paint and New Flooring!!

Its been to long. The weather is warming and I found a trailer setting beside the house. It was a long winter consumed with everything but AS. To get things started in the right direction we painted the interior walls all some gray color. I am the worker not the designer. And in a brief 2 hours laid the cherry Allure flooring. I would recommend to all this is a great product for this application. We almost had it all down before the kids knew we were gone. See pics.
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