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Old 04-30-2013, 12:04 AM   #29
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You information is very helpful and I am about to do a shell off floor replacement and frame inspection as well as reinsulate. I am VERY NERVOUS about this next step. I have a 31' Sovereign. I have several questions for you if you don't mind.

1. What tools did you need to remove shell from the frame?
2. Do you have to remove the interior walls first? What about the bellypan?
3. How many people did it take to help you to actually move the shell? I am wondering how many people I will need to help me.
4. What did you put the shell back onto while you work on frame? Sawhorses?
5. Once you placed the shell back on your nicely restored frame, how did your secure it back down? What exact tools, equipment do you need? I want to order everything I need and have it all ready so I don't have to keep making trips.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ANY HELP!
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:12 AM   #30
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Correct- I did not brace anything at the advice of Colin. I've lifted it twice now- its extremely rigid shell.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:05 AM   #31
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Mixter, yes, you answered my questions very well. Thank you for taking the time to explain that. I also enjoyed the humor with it.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:42 AM   #32
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Gantry detail

I've drawn up a Gantry according to MIXTER's dimension and lumber. I'll be building a pair in the next month to remove my shell.

thanks for the info MIXTER.

I want to add that I'm not an engineer or architect so make your adjustments accordingly and use at your own risk!
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:59 AM   #33
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now that's just awesome.
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:25 PM   #34
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I've drawn up a Gantry according to MIXTER's dimension and lumber. I'll be building a pair in the next month to remove my shell.

thanks for the info MIXTER.

I want to add that I'm not an engineer or architect so make your adjustments accordingly and use at your own risk!
Can you post your drawing? Thanks!
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:30 PM   #35
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its attached as pdf
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:36 PM   #36
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its attached as pdf
Oh ok, I am on my iPad Forum app and the PDF is not showing up, I will get on the computer and it will probably show up there. Thanks
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:06 PM   #37
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GA, at the very start of the thread (iPad app) you will see the title of the thread in BLACK letters. No the blue ones. Tap on the black letters and it reloads as the computer version. And you can see the PDF there.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:09 PM   #38
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GA, at the very start of the thread (iPad app) you will see the title of the thread in BLACK letters. No the blue ones. Tap on the black letters and it reloads as the computer version. And you can see the PDF there.
That is awesome! Got it to work and printed it! Thanks! My dad was so impressed with the plans!
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:27 PM   #39
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You guys are so awesome! I'll document my progress in video, including when we go to lift the shell.. Not having to brace the interior is a life and wallet saver! Again this is awesome!
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I've drawn up a Gantry according to MIXTER's dimension and lumber. I'll be building a pair in the next month to remove my shell.

thanks for the info MIXTER.

I want to add that I'm not an engineer or architect so make your adjustments accordingly and use at your own risk!
You plans are great! What program did you use?
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:46 PM   #41
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This is a great thread! I will need to do the same thing with my 1965 Sovereign. My question. What points do you lift the cabin from? 4x4s running side to side under the cabin? Great looking gantry lift.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:17 PM   #42
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Lift through the vents on top. I used 4x4's just long enough to catch the ribs on either side of the vent. One was probably 24", the other was probably 40" or so because the ribs were further apart. The hoists and gantrys are great becauae you can do it so slow and gentle. If its not lifting the way you want, you can lower and reposition. You dont have to be exactly level, but its good to be close. I slid the 4x4s to the side just slightly so i lifted the same angle as the frame was sitting on my driveway.
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