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Old 02-03-2014, 10:02 PM   #15
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Oops! And here is the link:

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Old 02-04-2014, 03:51 AM   #16
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Your shell weights about 400 pounds. It does not take a heavy set up as many think. Most people over brace with tons of wood weighing more than the shell does. I do not even brace when I lift using my gantry.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:33 PM   #17
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I've made one of two gantries it's in place. Thanks for the help! One more to build and lift off hopefully this weekend .

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Old 05-10-2014, 08:54 AM   #18
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How did you secure your 2x4 ladder framing to the rails of the airstream. Curious how your going to take it off the jacks and move it. I'm about to do the same. I heard its also best to keep the inner skins on as it makes the structure more rigid but I removed mine already. Fun project.
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Old 05-10-2014, 08:56 AM   #19
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Is it best to leave the inner skins on before the lift? I heard it makes it more rigid.
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:44 AM   #20
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There is absolutely no need to "reinforce" the shell with any framing. Reinforcement will just make it heavier. Same for the inside skins. The shell is very strong when you lift it off.
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:41 PM   #21
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There seems to be a common belief that the inner skins are a critical part of the shell structure. They may contribute something to the system, but when you compare the relate sparcity of the POP-RIVETS holding them in place to the BUCKED rivets every inch or so in the outer shell, you may come to the conclusion that the support provided is minimal. If the inner skins are structural, then so is the belt line trim and the cabinets.

I lifted my shell without inner skins and zero additional bracing, and I have been going camping without the inner skins in place and a nice heavy AC on the roof. No issues.
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:31 AM   #22
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body lift

I used deck screws through the ribs to install 2x4 s for bracing. After the shell was off I drove the trailer out lowered the body just touching the grass and staked in 2x4s on all of the braces its been ok so far.
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Old 05-18-2014, 07:39 PM   #23
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I used deck screws through the ribs to install 2x4 s for bracing. After the shell was off I drove the trailer out lowered the body just touching the grass and staked in 2x4s on all of the braces its been ok so far.
I'm with you on brace and stake. Taking no chances on wind rolling her down the valley like a beer can.
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:50 AM   #24
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do yourself a favor, before you drop it back down, remove the bracing. It makes getting the shell back where it needs to be much easier.
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thanks for the gantry link!
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ok so No need for crazy bracing Frank? I am looking at all these posts in the Search Results. The complexity looks crazy. About to do the 65 Globetrotter.
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I do not brace. Many do however.
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Old 12-19-2014, 03:08 PM   #28
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No bracing except a beam down the center. These photos are from this morning.
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Something always snags and puts the shell off center during the lift. It is no big deal when lowering it back down.
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