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Old 05-10-2012, 10:32 AM   #15
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The floor is full of elevator bolts and screws. My floor wasn't as bad as it looked. Around the water heater and the very rear where rotted,,,,but this rest was a b!)%# to get out....very solid. I thot i was gonna do a quick fix until i got into it. I told my wife it would be ready by July. Now it's a full blown shell off floor.
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:10 PM   #16
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Keith,
I am in the process of fixing what someone repaired with the above described repair,patch solutions. Cutting the rear panels and then adding additional POP RIVETS destroys those panels. Yes there patched but panels are cut and with all the extra rivets its like swiss cheese when you finally go to make the proper repairs.
At some point you will be correcting the problem then your looking at replacing the rear quarter panels.
Inspect the frame and tank support area, if there sound seal the rear area as best you can then when you have the time do it right.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:55 AM   #17
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Here are some pics.. You can see the rusted crossmember on the second to last pic. All the bolts have broke free at this point.
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:27 PM   #18
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here is my fix...
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...ing-45324.html
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:23 AM   #19
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Thank you garthbf, you post shows me almost every thing I need to know. How long did the job take you?
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:04 PM   #20
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Looking over Garth's job, I was wondering if the hatch could be left on, and just remove the door, and the few rivets on the side of the hatch, leaving the main hatch ring on the center piece.
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:27 PM   #21
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Well I started to pull her apart.. Like many threads I read, lots of rust and rotten plywood. It looks like I need to replace some of the main frame rails, and out riggers while I'm at. I'm still struggling with fixing it right, or just patching the bad sections of the frame... The real question is how much time do I want to put into this. The good news is that I have the main frame channel left over from when I fixed the front section of frame. Overall the cost is low, just takes a lot of time..
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:06 PM   #22
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Nothing a little duct tape won't fix! Good luck.
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:25 PM   #23
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Just a quick up date to the "Quick Fix" I waned to do. I got the old main rear frame rails cut out, and replaced them with .25" Galv 5" c channel. Welded them in place, and then cut out support bracket/c Chanel under the back hatch. The entire thing was rusted into one solid piece. I'm debating on how to put that section back together. I'm going to use .25" Galv angle iron for the cross member, but I'm not sure if I should build the c channel out of Galv steel and weld it to the cross member, or buy an stainless steel or aluminum c channel and just bolt through the three layers.. Any ideas? If it has to get redone again, I want one of my grand kids to have to do it...
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:35 PM   #24
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Just a quick up date to the "Quick Fix" I waned to do. I got the old main rear frame rails cut out, and replaced them with .25" Galv 5" c channel. Welded them in place, and then cut out support bracket/c Chanel under the back hatch. The entire thing was rusted into one solid piece. I'm debating on how to put that section back together. I'm going to use .25" Galv angle iron for the cross member, but I'm not sure if I should build the c channel out of Galv steel and weld it to the cross member, or buy an stainless steel or aluminum c channel and just bolt through the three layers.. Any ideas? If it has to get redone again, I want one of my grand kids to have to do it...
That's a hard call. The one thing I would not do is sandwich aluminum up against it. First off it won't have the strength, secondly it will corrode the steel even faster.
It would really depend on how bad the C is. If it's badly rusted with holes then I would find a way to do a full repair. Not to mention if the floor is rotted out. The floor is part of the structure when it's all pulled together, shell, floor, frame. Perhaps you could just pull up the back section of floor to get to the frame....that's still a lot of darn work.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:45 AM   #25
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Well it's been a Bad week working on the old girl. I'm not to sure if I should post this or not, since I still feel like a complete idiot. I was welding on frame replacing rusted out section. I did think I needed a spotter, but now I know better. I was welding underneath and noticed smoke coming out of the water heater door, jumped up to discover the back driver side bathroom caught on FIRE!!!!! Grabbing the water hose I opened the back hatch and started spraying like crazy. The old plastics in the bathroom went up like a bomb fire. I was able to put the fire out saving the trailer... Sadly, the whole bathroom will need to be redone, the whole inside of the trailer has smoke damage and will need to be repainted.

So at this point I will be doing a full bathroom rehab, including a new floor, sink, closets, etc.... Looks like the summer camping trip is off.. My wife is great and stated "well now we can fix it all right, and it will look great when we are done.".
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:36 PM   #26
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Thanks for posting - do you know what was the original point of ignition? Vulkem caulk? Mouse nest? Pipe insulation?

It took grit, guts, and lots of heart to share that. Sure makes for excellent clarity on the task before you though?

I once answered a telephone just as I'd started brazing a patch on my 1973 Pinto quarter panel, a minute later looked out the window to see column of smoke and fire. Whoda thunk the wheel well brace bracket in there was plastic? Good thing the fuel filler was on the other side.

Best of luck getting some Fall camping in!!
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From the location of the fire, I think sparks from the angle grinder might have made their way to some old carpeting. I had a box fan running behind me to blow away the gasses coming off of the galvanized steel, and I'm sure that it helped things along. Next time I'll have a spotter and I'll soak everything down before I start.. We live and learn..
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:48 PM   #28
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That really sucks, but I could be a good excuse to pull the shell off.
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