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Old 03-04-2016, 09:24 PM   #43
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Thanks Jim and Sharon for the tips.
And yes the POR 15 is already on the way.
I will also do my best to avoid the confusing of the water tanks lol
Really appreciate the advice on the axles. I will conduct that experiment and post the pics.
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Old 03-04-2016, 09:25 PM   #44
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Oops I mean Susan
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Old 03-04-2016, 09:29 PM   #45
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Meant to also say.....nice work so far. That shell lift was cool. Keep on strokin', you'll get there.

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Old 03-04-2016, 10:50 PM   #46
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You probably have one black(the one with big hole) and 2 gray. The frame looks pretty good. Por-15 and roll! Keep it up your doing great!
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Thanks for the encouragement...never hurts on somthing like this
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Old 03-05-2016, 08:18 AM   #48
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Experiment for fun if you want..... BUT, you definitely should buy axles- they are too old. Colin Hyde hooked me up with a seamless install- his axles are direct, bolt on replacements (some other sources need to have the shock mounts cut off and re-welded onto the new ones) You'll also likely upgrade the GVW of your new axles so it wont sag so much and can take the additional weight you are likely going to put in this because you'll be using real wood for your build out.

Also, I would suggest welding in some cross members across the top of the frame while you're doing the metal work. These frames are not built well from the factory- the gauge is lightweight, and there was alot of spot welds instead of full welded seams on mine. Many of my welds were broken and one area where my main frame rail connections to cross memebers were totally cracked. ALL the weight of your camper rests on the outriggers and pushes downward. Welding in cross pieces across the top keeps that side to side stiffer. Overall, beefing up this trailer and putting on the next step up GVW makes a nicer ride.

For POR 15- you can use your gantry as a rotisserie and spray it. Super easy.

Lastly.... take LOTS of pics from many angles... both for your records, but also because you'll wonder how something was as this is going back together.
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Old 03-05-2016, 09:01 AM   #49
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I have a good report on the POR-15 metal prep items, really hope you go the extra distance and use them... Their marine-clean is similar to products I used working for a heavy-rail subway system, diluted 5 or 8 to 1 it kicks butt. The Prep and Ready product simply works, leaves the bright iron looking & feeling like 600-grit wet-dry paper from zinc nodules bonded to the iron so the coating grabs and literally never comes off.

Axles... Not to be a naysayer against the general consensus but they can be done anytime including two or three hours before you pull off on your first trip. Planning to do that usually includes complete new brakes, so that is less hassle than trying to find new/old parts, coils springs, pads etc. X 4 can add up fast.

Familiarizing yourself with the brake adjustment before the axles are on the trailer would be a little tip to follow too
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Mixter,
Thanks for the source on the axles.
And I am with you on the factory framework. I have to admit I was pretty surprised at how flimsy it seemed to be. I was already thinking about some way of beefing it up and your bringing it up coming confirms that notion.
And yes the gantrys are about to be called into action again.
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I have a good report on the POR-15 metal prep items, really hope you go the extra distance and use them... Their marine-clean is similar to products I used working for a heavy-rail subway system, diluted 5 or 8 to 1 it kicks butt. The Prep and Ready product simply works, leaves the bright iron looking & feeling like 600-grit wet-dry paper from zinc nodules bonded to the iron so the coating grabs and literally never comes off.

Axles... Not to be a naysayer against the general consensus but they can be done anytime including two or three hours before you pull off on your first trip. Planning to do that usually includes complete new brakes, so that is less hassle than trying to find new/old parts, coils springs, pads etc. X 4 can add up fast.

Familiarizing yourself with the brake adjustment before the axles are on the trailer would be a little tip to follow too
I am planning on following there recommend procedure to T. I believe that includes the products you mentioned above. I will probably overdo a great many things on this trailer by the time I am done.
I don't see the point in taking the time and $ to needed to restore it. Only to cut corners to save a day or 5 or a few $.
Noted on the brakes....will do.
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Well there was a bit of a wrestling match with the gantrys but I won.....eventually.
I removed the axles and almost had water tanks out but ran out of time allotted for the day and had to call it quits.
If I don't get rained out I will be at it again tomorrow. Plan on dropping the tanks out and cutting the bad metal out.
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great idea with the cross beams.
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Old 03-11-2016, 12:51 PM   #54
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Well the tanks are out....nothing but rusty metal now. Should I just replace the aluminum boxes they were in ? They looked fairly corroded inside ?
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That's pretty rusty on the bottom, sure it's aluminum. Either way- if they are solid patch and por-15.
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great idea with the cross beams.
Thanks...was going to go with sawhorses but seeing as how I am on uneven ground the cross beam solution seemed to make sense
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