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Old 05-09-2009, 12:18 PM   #15
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Shell Bracing - Take 2

Well, after a month's vacation from working on the Airstream it's time to get started back up again. I've since removed the bracing that I had in place, taking the advice from the ones above. I've got one set of the 4x4's in, but instead of bolting everything down, I just wanted to get your guy's take on my new bracing.

Here's a look with everything almost out. I left the diagonal braces in, but took out the ones going from wall to wall

Here you will see I've got the 4x4's down and using the best connector that I could find at my local hardware store (hurricane connectors), this is what I'll use to connect the "crossmembers" to the 4x4's

So if I do this on each brace and each side, should it be enough to hold everything together??

Just wanted to get your thoughts before I proceed further.

Thanks a bunch!!

Brian Schmock

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Old 05-09-2009, 02:57 PM   #16
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Hey Brian, looks like you got a hold of fun one. I'm hardly an expert, not even a structural engineer, but I'd use some more steel connectors at the wood to wood joints. Nails won't hold over a long period of time that it might be in the air. Also, the Simpson PC-44 needs a few more nails in the holes (one ain''t gonna cut it). I used Simpson ST strap ties and A-35's to hold the pieces together. The last thing you want is to get it in the air and it starts to rack on you (one side goes forward while the other side goes rearward). One other thing is you might consider a triple point bracing to keep the top rigid. I lifted the 28' Ambassador off the subfloor by myself using jack stands and a floor jack. You might place some plywood across your frame to do what I show in the photos below.
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:00 PM   #17
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I don't know a thing about pulling the shell off & bracing it, but would like to come check it out & learn. Your progress looks great.

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