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Old 06-14-2019, 07:35 AM   #1
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Mounting Shell to decking Platform?

I'm sorry but I can't seem to find any information on the idea of removing shell from the metal frame and mounting it on a wooden platform. My thoughts are- creating a permanent cabin and allowing me to build and use standard house bathroom and getting rid of wheels to have more floor space. Is this a crazy idea?

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Old 06-14-2019, 08:59 AM   #2
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Well, assuming that the floor you have is intact, and doesn't need to be entirely replaced, I would say that an eaiser option would be to tow your trailer into the position that will be its "final resting place," then remove the axles, and lower it onto whatever foundation you have in mind for it. You can then remove the wheel wells from inside and patch up the holes left behind.

If you go this route, and someday decide you want to sell the trailer, make it mobile again, etc., it won't be too much work to undo what was done as described above and make it mobile again.

Good luck!

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Old 06-14-2019, 09:52 AM   #3
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To expand, there really isn't much benefit in removing the shell from the frame entirely, as the back water holding tank as well as the fresh water tank are (probably) above the subfloor anyway (so it isn't like they are in the way of your future plumbing endeavors.

If you were to remove the shell from the frame, you would then anchor the shell to your new floor/foundation using essentially the same anchors that hold it to the current frame, that is running bolts through the C-channel that is riveted to the shell. The agravation with this is that typically the C-channels are not mounted flush with the bottom of the shell walls, as the strategy is to allow the shell to hang a few inches below the C-channel so that it overlaps the subfloor an protects it. So if you wanted to remove the shell from the frame and sit it on a foundation of some kind, you would need to build up that foundation in the exact footprint of the original subfloor so that the bottom of the shell can hang down. Seems like a lot of fiddling/work, when you could just use the existing frame as your foundation.

If you went the remove-the-shelll-from-the-frame route, you are still going to have the issue of the wheel wells leaving a hole in the side of the trailer that needs to be patched.

Speaking of the wheel wells, I guess I don't see how you are really going to gain much, if any, usable space by getting rid of the wheels. Those wheel wells are already hidden by cabinetry or a sofa/bed, so really all you would be gaining is a bit of storage space. If storage space is at such a premium, I would suggest that you sell the '64 Overlander, and buy a 70's vintage 30'+ trailer.for half of what you would make selling the '64. These seem to be readily available, and would give you a bit more width and several feet more length.

Good luck!
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