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Old 08-04-2011, 09:05 PM   #1
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Elevator bolts?

I am told the floor is held to the A/S frame with "elevator bolts" ? What are they exactly ? How do they differ from "bolts" ?
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:10 PM   #2
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Peter welcome to the forums from a fellow Canuck and Ontarian.
here is a link to what the bolts look like.
Floor Repair Bolts

They also use these screws to fasten down the floor.

Trailer Floor Repair Screws

Both can also be purchased locally from Fastenal.
Don't tell me that your 2005 has a rotten floor already?
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:37 PM   #3
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The Bambi leaked from day one ! My wife calls it "Das Boot" . Worst thing is : when the particle board floor gets damp it turns to wet cardboard !
Thanks for the link . I have removed a bunch of those FH Philips screws but did not know they were self tapping . The rear edge of the floor is held with bolts . I spent all day yesterday trying to drill the head off one .
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:41 PM   #4
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Thanks Markdoane . Next time I'm in my local grain elevator I will look more closely !
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Peter do yourself a favour and replace the OSB particle board with a good MGP (marine grade plywood)and apply a good quality sealer to the plywood.
There are bolts inside the walls holding the floor and the shell to the frame. It requires removing the inner skins(walls) to get at them. You will also need access under the floor by dropping the belly pan to get at the bottom of the bolts when the new floor is installed.
Most likely the leaks is from the lower beltline trim (molding) around the base of the shell especially where the rear bumper storage compartment cover meets the shell. The cover tends to direct water back against the shell and it then leaks underneath and into the floor. Apply plenty of Vulkem sealer to this area during the rebuild. Some people have fashioned a piece of aluminium as a flashing to stop the water penetration.
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I am told the floor is held to the A/S frame with "elevator bolts" ? What are they exactly ? How do they differ from "bolts" ?
If you look at my thread I am at that phase now. I agree with Wasaga find your local fastenal I love that place. Rivets are much cheaper there.
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I myself had a helluva time finding elevator bolts with anything but a smooth head. I checked fastenall and that's all they had too. Suffice it to say, here's what I did...

Home depot sells "furniture bolts" they are chemically treated/plated to resist rust. I got the 1 1/2" ones, as they are threaded to within 1/2" of the head, they have a phillips head so you don't need to go below and remove the belly pan, you will need to remove banana wraps for perrimeter lag bolts (i used nyloc nuts), for the furniture bolt install I drilled and tapped the frame rails to install...easy-peasy!
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I myself had a helluva time finding elevator bolts with anything but a smooth head. I checked fastenall and that's all they had too. Suffice it to say, here's what I did...

Home depot sells "furniture bolts" they are chemically treated/plated to resist rust. I got the 1 1/2" ones, as they are threaded to within 1/2" of the head, they have a phillips head so you don't need to go below and remove the belly pan, you will need to remove banana wraps for perrimeter lag bolts (i used nyloc nuts), for the furniture bolt install I drilled and tapped the frame rails to install...easy-peasy!
Lets see the pictures!!
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Vintage Trailer Supply sells elevator bolt in 2 sizes.

I have had great service from them.
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Lets see the pictures!!
I've got a couple left...I'll shoot some pics tomorrow. Oh, and the heads are not phillips, they are the square bit type (even better)
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Lets see the pictures!!
Here you go...these are not the correct shaft length as the shorter ones thread higher up, but they were out and you get the point.
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Here you go...these are not the correct shaft length as the shorter ones thread higher up, but they were out and you get the point.
Nice!!
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Here you go...these are not the correct shaft length as the shorter ones thread higher up, but they were out and you get the point.
Those are also available at Fastenal, in bulk, at a cheaper price


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Elevator Bolts

Elevator bolts are used in the construction industry . We used them in a elevator that moved the aggrigate to make concrete into overhead bins . They were used to bolt the elevator buckets on to the continueus belt The large head on the bolt kept the bolt from pulling through the rubber belt as on the other side of the belt we bolted square buckets on to move the aggrigate ( stone & Sand ) as the belt turned . Many plants use conveyour belts but where space is limited they use elevators
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