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Old 02-07-2012, 07:03 PM   #113
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I hope it won't drop 2 inches. I think the newer frames like mine and his are a lot stiffer than the 70's era trailers. Mine uses two 6 inch channels welded together to make a box beam. If I recall some trailers used a single C-channel with webs as small as 4 inches, web being the height of the beam.

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Old 03-03-2012, 06:35 PM   #114
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I've taken a related detour from my floor rot journey to doing sheet metal work that needs to be addressed before proceeding on the floor. I'll be back on this thread fairly soon, but if you want to join me on my sheet metal journey, come over to the new thread http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...ml#post1114804.

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Old 03-03-2012, 08:03 PM   #115
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I've past the time limit to edit the post above. I want to correct the link to the sheet metal repair thread here http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...aks-88252.html. Sorry for the mistake in post 114 (the link works, it just takes you to a specific post and not the start of the thread).
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:40 PM   #116
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Just a brief update...I'm taking the furniture out of the front end to check for the amount of floor damage (rot caused by leaks) that I have forward of the road side wheel well. I almost have the dinette pulled and then I only have the couch to remove before pulling up all of the carpet & pad. I have some leak damage on the curb side too. During my intermission, I've regained some courage to tackle these issues.
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:51 PM   #117
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Just a brief update.... During my intermission, I've regained some courage to tackle these issues.
Mine went pretty well, once I got the drive to get started...hopefully the weather is getting better and work can continue!
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:18 AM   #118
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Thanks for the encouragement, Vernon!

I will post some more pictures soon. I've now got the front carpet and couch pulled. I'll have to replace a strip on the road side, forward of the wheel well for about twelve feet (one foot in width). On the Limited model, this passes under the battery compartment located in the forward dinette seat. I've also been waiting for some of the 5/32 diameter "Q Style" structural/waterproof blind rivets to come in (they are on backorder) http://www.hansonrivet.com/pdf2008/C...29-C30-C31.pdf.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:08 AM   #119
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Steel shank rivets?
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:28 AM   #120
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Steel shank rivets?
No, the rivets that I will be using are made out of aluminum and have aluminum shanks or mandrels, so I shouldn't have a corrosion problem. I'll be installing them wet (with TremPro 635 and the rivet inner bore to the mandrel are supposed to be "water-tight."

I'll be using the 5/32" QAAD502 (grip length up to .125") or the QAAD504 (grip length between .126 and .250). The QAAD504 size is on back order.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:26 PM   #121
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Cool. Keep the focus, spend a small amount of time on a regular schedule and VERY soon you will be camping...

(the cheering section does a 'wave' at this point)
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:42 PM   #122
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With the help of my good friend Ralph, I've made a lot of progress on the trailer. I have a lot of additional pictures and narrative that I want to post in the next week or so, but here's a preview of where we are right now (floor, including bathroom, completely removed in back bedroom, much of front furniture removed, all carpet and parkay kitchen flooring removed, flooring along road side partiallly cutout and lower inner skin removed. Take a look. I'll try to fill in some gaps for you good people in the next several days with additional posts.

We're about ready to start on sheet metal and riveting work, then it'll be back to the frame (wire brush, POR-15 three step treatment - degreaser, etch, two coats of paint).

If you want to look at more pictures, look here http://s172.photobucket.com/albums/w...eam%20Limited/.







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Old 05-02-2012, 07:31 AM   #123
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Wow! That's a lot of work you've done! You're making great progress. While you have the front all apart, are you going to have a steel plate welded to the frame to keep the front end from separating? Now would be a great opportunity to have that done too!
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:42 AM   #124
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Great to see your progress, Steve!

I've been following your floor and leak saga; your documentary style is fantastic. However, you must be anxious to get the project completed and begin enjoying your Limited again. I see by the huge QT cups (which I miss - haven't seen a QT in years) the Wichita heat is beginning. Take care!
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:21 AM   #125
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Steve,
Your really doing a nice job on the repairs and tracking down the leaks. I replaced the front floor in an 89 - 29' trailer this past winter so I understand the depth of work your involved in. This is not a job for the faint of heart. I borrowed ideas from HI-Ho's thread and put in the front hold down plate. I also vulkemed the back side every rivet I could find. The trailer originally had a leak problem around the battery boxes.
Good Luck and keep up the hard work.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:16 AM   #126
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Wow Steve, it looks like you have a clean slate to start a very nice rebuild...thanks for documenting it all.
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