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Old 01-06-2016, 09:40 AM   #15
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I resemble the hillbilly alabama remark- I am one�� then again redneck engineer might be better

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Old 03-20-2016, 09:40 AM   #16
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Gantry method s the best using one in the front and one in the back.
Chain hoist and lift through the fan and AC openings in the roof lifting up from a 4x4 beam placed lengthwise inside the camper.
Before lifting You can also place a few 1x4" secured diagonally inside across the camper shell for stiffeners.
The shell is stronger than you may think it is being of monocoque construction. Always look out for that one overlooked bolt or fastener during lifting.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:04 PM   #17
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I did my shell off with bottle jacks and 4x4's as well. I used 10' 4x4's so they extended past the shell and I could jack from outside. One on the furthest forward rib and one on the back. I used galvanized metal and self tapping screws for my belly pan so it was very easy from underneath. The holding tank galvanized metal outlasted the aluminum belly pan by far so it seemed logical. Gantries would have been easier but I am impatient and spending a day building gantries seemed like too much work for something I would never need again.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:45 PM   #18
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I'm doing my restoration with the Frame On on my Argosy 26', as I was worried I'd end up with a leaky shell if I took the Shell Off. It's still a work in progress but I've almost got the frame cleaned up and floor back in (It's partially installed).

Now that I've removed the interior, the floor, the pan, the belly wraps, removed rust on floor, replaced plywood in a c-channel compressed by the shell's weight etc, I wish I'd taken the shell off. If I had the shell off, it would have been so easy to bead blast the frame, flip to remove the pan etc...Still a lot of work, but I have to think it would have been less work than the way I did it.

You can do it with the shell still on, but it is a royal pain in the keister. If there ever is a 'next time', I'll be building a gantry and lifting the shell off.
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I'm doing my restoration with the Frame On on my Argosy 26', as I was worried I'd end up with a leaky shell if I took the Shell Off. It's still a work in progress but I've almost got the frame cleaned up and floor back in (It's partially installed).

Now that I've removed the interior, the floor, the pan, the belly wraps, removed rust on floor, replaced plywood in a c-channel compressed by the shell's weight etc, I wish I'd taken the shell off. If I had the shell off, it would have been so easy to bead blast the frame, flip to remove the pan etc...Still a lot of work, but I have to think it would have been less work than the way I did it.

You can do it with the shell still on, but it is a royal pain in the keister. If there ever is a 'next time', I'll be building a gantry and lifting the shell off.
And then when you are done with the lift, the frame flip and work, etc., and the shell reattachment, you can use the gantries as scaffolding for replacing the air conditioner and all the miscellaneous roof work.
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