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Old 09-21-2012, 12:46 AM   #43
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The section I cut through is the 1/8 inch thick drop down that was welded to the bottom of the main 1/4 inch thick frame rail. 1/4 inch is a overkill but i would rather over do it.

The drop down really serves to cover the holding tanks, and provides secondary structural support. It takes the from frame 5" tall to 8" tall so the 27 gallon holding tanks fit without handing below the belly. The strap is really to just keep the discharge pipe in place. The AS came with this drop down for the first few feet back, I pretty much added it all the to the back axles. Now I have a 27 gal black 27 gal grey and a 30 gal fresh water tanks. The key will be to make sure we dump all the tanks before hitting the road.

Please keep the feedback coming, many hands make a light load.
Oh...okay. That's not the main frame....got it. Keep up the good work! Yes I agree, if all your tanks were full, you might have stability problems going down the road :-)
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:58 AM   #44
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Hi Andy,
I know probably not easy to answer, but not being experienced with these sort of big jobs, how much would this quick patch take?
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A correct and long lasting rear end separation job, can take considerable time, depending on the extent of the damages.

A short, "who cares", repair, however short lived can be done in an hour, or so.

A proper job, can take 20 to 25 hours, and sometimes even more when the frame is also damaged, to repair.

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Old 09-22-2012, 01:13 PM   #45
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That's what I found when I started the job. Parts of the frame were so badly rusted I was able bed the back with one had.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:02 PM   #46
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Well things are still moving along slow but sure. I got the electric 12 hooked back up, pumped wired and tested, See II tank monitor wired up and tested. Yesterday I received the new Garid tankless hot water heater, and I'm looking forward to installing it.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:09 PM   #47
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Last week I was able to get the side belly pans on. I used the old belly pan, and cut out the side "wings.". The main belly section is still open and will be added later. It's really nice to be closer to being done on the structural side. My wife comes out after days of work scratches her head and has no idea if I got anything done.. It will be nice to work on things that you can see and feel the progress.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:21 PM   #48
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Just to compare and contrast...
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:30 PM   #49
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Looking good!
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Wow! Great job, that sure is a big improvement, especially for a fast fix!
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:31 PM   #51
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I just wanted to add a photo of how I bolted down the rear end. I used SS .5" bolts with locking washers. I torqued them down with a breaker bar, so the should have a few hundreds of pounds of torque on each one. I used six bolts total.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:24 PM   #52
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Hit the por 15 with star bright. I'm hoping to get more time this weekend. We stared to work on the inside, so I'm hoping we will be priming and painting this month..
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:08 AM   #53
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I got a few days in this week, cleaning and replacing busted interior rivets. It looks like I have replaced close to 50% of the do far. I'm not sure if they all busted loose for year bouncing around on bad axels, or the shifts of the frame/body while I was replacing the rear frame and floor.

I rewired the scare light to also include a light under the steps. Also a switch to turn on all of the running lights. While I had the front panels down I was able to fix some leeks and popped some dents out. They look better but the front end will never be show quality. And that's ok, the goal is a functional camper. Mabey later in life when the kids are bigger I will look for a donor front end.

For insulation I used radiant barrier covered with half thickness pieces of R13 fiberglass home insulation. Hopefully that should work well. The kids had a blast playing in the radiant barrier. It keep them busy for hours! Well worth buying extra.

I'm hoping to start painting the inside next weekend!!
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:14 AM   #54
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So we are moving forward at a pretty good pace. We have started painting the inside, and hope to be able to go camping next month! My wife stripped off the old flooring tiles, sealing the floor will be on the short list.

Another before and after set..
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Full speed ahead!! The goal is to have the old girl camp ready by 03/23. We are planning a trip to Hart Springs Fl. I got the battery in, breakaway switch installed, window rivets repaired, exhaust fans fixed and reinstalled, inside painted, and just put the first coat paint on the floor. All is going well so far.

I have not towed it since repairing the rear end separation. I'm thinking that might be a good idea before I load it up take it camping. I guess a short dry trip to stress test the welds and frame work would be a good idea?

Primed floor then painted.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:15 PM   #56
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Full speed ahead!! The goal is to have the old girl camp ready by 03/23. We are planning a trip to Hart Springs Fl. I got the battery in, breakaway switch installed, window rivets repaired, exhaust fans fixed and reinstalled, inside painted, and just put the first coat paint on the floor. All is going well so far.

I have not towed it since repairing the rear end separation. I'm thinking that might be a good idea before I load it up take it camping. I guess a short dry trip to stress test the welds and frame work would be a good idea?

Primed floor then painted.
That floor looks great! I have been planning on tile when I get that far. After repairing rot etc. I think I will have to cover it all up with tile but I sure like the look of your floor.
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