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Old 01-01-2013, 05:28 PM   #71
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24" stakes in the ground with ratcheted ties downs - hopefully will save it from any winter winds that may blow.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:25 AM   #72
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24" stakes in the ground with ratcheted ties downs - hopefully will save it from any winter winds that may blow.
Now I feel better about that. Hope you're getting better.

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Old 01-05-2013, 08:12 PM   #73
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Just found your thread....I'm a newbee

Love what you have done so far.....I was just thinking how hard it would be to cover up such a great looking frame.

Hope you get well soon.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:21 PM   #74
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Spring Is Finally Here!!!

All together now... "Wow....what a long Winter!!!....Glad it's coming to an end!!"

Last week we were shoveling the white stuff here in Minneapolis. This week, it will hit the 70s. In a couple more weeks, it will probably be in the 90's with miserable humidity. Ah...Minnesota!

I feel like I'm way behind schedule already... haven't been able to do a single thing with the Trade Wind since it started snowing 6 months ago! I have so much work to do....just need to get started. Unfortunately, had a couple of bad falls over the winter...and a shoulder issue. So, I'm going to have to start off slow.

After getting the frame back from the welder / sandblaster / painter late last season, my only option was to tarp it and the flooring material and wait for Spring. So I'm looking forward to tearing off the tarps and letting the sub-floor material dry out...so I can get started on cutting the new sub-floor.

And it will be time to get started on the seams, window and door seals...etc. So much to do....

More to come soon.....
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:14 AM   #75
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Need any help, let us know! We're busy the next week and a half, but could spare a day or so after that if you need it.


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Old 04-26-2013, 11:36 AM   #76
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It's good to see another major project in Minnesota. This weekend should bring some warmer weather. I'll drop a note next time we're west of the cities.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:19 PM   #77
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Very cool. Hope we can meet up and trade horror stories soon!
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:20 PM   #78
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I find I know just enough to get me into very deep trouble. LOL
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:07 AM   #79
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Help with Sub-Floor Width?

Before the snow started flying last year, I started to cut out a new sub-floor for my '72 Trade Wind 25 ft. The old floor had to be taken out in pieces and was pretty rotten around the edges. I did the best that I could to piece it back together to get a very rough outline of the front piece (curve and width). I estimated that the width of the sub-floor should over-hang the frame by approximately 1/2 inch.

Well, today I started work on the project again (after a very long winter). I placed the front piece that I had cut last Fall on supports and tried to fit it into the shell to see how it fit before continuing with the rest of the floor. Unfortunately, the width of the shell at the first vertical spar appears to be several inches wider than the planned/estimated width of the sub-floor. This may be because as I was lifting the shell off the frame last Fall, the shell shifted on me, and I nearly had a roll-over. I hastily constructed some internal bracing...and that bracing may be artificially widening the shell. I am at a loss as to how to recover from this.

So, the question is: Does anyone know what the width of the sub-floor should be? How far the sub-floor should over hang the frame?

I sure would appreciate any input anyone may have....before I start doing desperate things

Please feel free to private me...or I will be checking back for responses.

Thanks!
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Chris says we cut 4 inches off of each 8ft wide sheet of plywood and ran the sheets crosswise on the trailer. Center on the frame and you should be good. Use the cut-offs as gussets glued and screwed under the seams. We don't remember how much the overhang is. The C channel sits on the outside edge of the outriggers. Hopefully that helps.
If not, PM us and we'll come visit you!

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Old 04-27-2013, 12:39 PM   #81
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Kay - thanks so much for that confirmation! When I cut the front piece last Fall, I figured 92" was pretty close to what was there before...and that's where I'm at. So it appears that my internal bracing is the problem. I cut part of the bracing back to release the first spar, and was able to ratchet it into place. Now I just need to figure out how to dismantle the rest of the bracing without dropping the whole thing onto the ground. Yahoo!

Thanks again!
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:39 PM   #82
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Don't know if it would be of any help but I have a wheel that fits in the jack post that might help you maneuver the frame without also having to lift it. PM me if you think you could use it and I will ship it to you. You could ship it back when you are finished.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:29 PM   #83
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Long Day Ended Ok....for Now

Patience is definitely a virtue on this project! After discovering this morning that my interior bracing had increased the width of my shell by nearly 5 inches...and which consequently made me unsure of what the width of the sub-floor should be, I set about correcting the problem by dismantling the pylons and relocating them to the first spar. Then I ratcheted in the sides of the shell and re-braced them at 92 inches. It took several hours of my day to figure out how to do this without dropping the shell on the ground and calling 1-800 - GOT-JUNK? But finally got it done, and had enough of the day left to cut out most of the floor and dry-fit it to the frame. The frame itself is about 1/4 to 1/2 inch out of square...so it's not perfect...but I think it will do.

Here are a couple of pics of the progress....

Time to find some elevator bolts and get the floor screwed down.....
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Now is the time to super-clean, degrease & sanitize the interior of the shell, before the frame/floor is anywhere near it...
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