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Old 06-30-2012, 07:25 PM   #15
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Maybe...some of mine had the entire glue pot dumped on them, others I think the glue pot might have been in the same room...if they were lucky.

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yeah, turned out to be a piece of cake. very little glue. just a little prying with the wonder-bar.

The forward piece was very easy, because I could stand behind it and lift up from the other end of the sheet. plenty of leverage, and it just peeled away. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...ml#post1167919
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:46 AM   #16
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Ok took a little break from the airstream to go camping. I am back on the project now. here is my frame repair plan.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1QjH-0pIKQ...frame+plan.jpg

the bottom of the main C channel from the wheels back it badly rusted (I think due to water laying in the belly pan). so I am going to remove the lower part of the C and box in with a new L shape piece. I plan to do this from in front of the wheels back to bumper. I am also thinking of adding some reinforcement inside the new box at the jacking points as this seems to be where the frame buckled. Any thoughts?
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:49 AM   #17
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Also her is a picture of the first of my new outriggers made by my awesome neighbor.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:31 AM   #18
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If you box it in there will be no need for any thing else to be added. It will be very stiff with just the box.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:12 AM   #19
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first of many frame repairs

here is the first of my many frame repairs I cut away the rusted through part of the original C channel and welded angle iron back in its place. My welds are not pretty but hey they are my first go at stick welding. I still have some more welds to complete this section and I am still waiting on my replacement out riggers so they will be cut away and replaced.

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Old 07-24-2012, 05:21 PM   #20
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here is the first of my many frame repairs I cut away the rusted through part of the original C channel and welded angle iron back in its place. My welds are not pretty but hey they are my first go at stick welding. I still have some more welds to complete this section and I am still waiting on my replacement out riggers so they will be cut away and replaced.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dK6vCEgeFB...-08-14_851.jpg
I'm looking at the picture and it appears that the frame is off the trailer. Is that correct?
Was the original frame made out of 4" "C" channel?
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Old 07-25-2012, 05:10 AM   #21
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I'm looking at the picture and it appears that the frame is off the trailer. Is that correct?
Was the original frame made out of 4" "C" channel?
It is off the trailer and up side down in the photo. the main frame is 5" C channel
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:36 AM   #22
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It is off the trailer and up side down in the photo. the main frame is 5" C channel
You are doing a nice job. With the amount of work reinforcing it, it may be easier building a new frame out of 6" structural channel with 3" cross members and outriggers.
It is too bad that you even have to do this.
How hard was it to remove the frame from the trailer?
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:03 PM   #23
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You are doing a nice job. With the amount of work reinforcing it, it may be easier building a new frame out of 6" structural channel with 3" cross members and outriggers.
It is too bad that you even have to do this.
How hard was it to remove the frame from the trailer?
Building a new frame would likely be easier but I do not have the funds to do it that way. Removal was not bad I just hope I can remember how to put it all back together.
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The cost of the steel to build a new frame of that size out of the materials that I listed is approx. $1,200. That doesn't include consumables or labor. I figure that it would take one person about a week to do it.
It is unfortunate that anyone has to go what you are going through.

I wish you the best of luck. Keep us informed on how it goes.
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:47 PM   #25
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Trying to decide whether to buy another camper or rebuilt our frame - we have rust damage frond exposure to salt air at the beach - anyone know the cost to rebuild the frame - there is a airstream dealer in our state
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:38 AM   #26
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finally got some more done on the frame. I was down for a week due to sinus surgery. I replaced the first two cross members and 6 out riggers.
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I had similar issues on my frame.
1)rear cross member-Toast
2)step area- Hosed
3)outriggers-Thrashed
So I rebuilt and fabricated lots of areas on my trailer frame. I also "boxed" a few areas that were fulcrum points where the frame buckled a bit. This phase was the most time consuming frustrating part of my project so far. Good luck you can do it!
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:25 PM   #28
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I had similar issues on my frame.
1)rear cross member-Toast
2)step area- Hosed
3)outriggers-Thrashed
So I rebuilt and fabricated lots of areas on my trailer frame. I also "boxed" a few areas that were fulcrum points where the frame buckled a bit. This phase was the most time consuming frustrating part of my project so far. Good luck you can do it!
I have 3 outriggers in in the corners that are triangular in shape. Should there be a 4th one?
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