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Old 03-26-2011, 11:56 AM   #71
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My better half purchased his welder this morning. We went across the river and through the woods, well...maybe not through the woods, but anyway....he picked out a Miller 140, the cart, the gas bottles, gloves, jacket, and other assorted things. The welding shop had a great dog named Bella that I was throwing a very slobbery ball to as my husband made up his mind. I asked if I could get the dog but the owner said his fiance would kill him if he came home without her.

The man in charge is now sitting here reading the directions for his new welder. I would have likely thrown those aside until I got stuck on something but he is a follow the directions kind of guy. Hopefully the snow melts soon and we can pull our sad little rotten frame out of the snow, get some steel hauled in, and start to work.
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I can't wait to see the action.

It's still winter here. Cold and snow today.
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Old 03-26-2011, 02:12 PM   #73
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Good choice! It is summer here. 88 and sunny.
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Old 03-26-2011, 06:40 PM   #74
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It's still winter here. Cold and snow today.
No one is more anxious to get started than we are to get the show on the road. Still lots of snow up here too and the Rookery is still in need of a lot of attention. I will post pictures of welding progress on the frame once it starts; hopefully no pictures of fires
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Old 03-26-2011, 06:45 PM   #75
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Good choice! It is summer here. 88 and sunny.
I think we got to 20 degrees today and we have about 3 feet of snow and cloudy skies. Sort of like your weather in Texas.....I have a friend in Jacksonville and she is always telling me about their two gardens they can raise per year. It is this time of year where everyone's patience up here with cold and snow is about up. On to bigger and better things I say like Spring and welding!
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:43 AM   #76
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We need a recommendation on the thickness of the steel we need to buy for our frame rebuild on a 1976 Sovereign rear bath, 31'. The current thickness is 3/32" and my husband wants to go with thicker gauge metal. He is wondering if anyone had recommendations. He is also thinking it might be a good idea to go with a box steel instead of the c channel steel as original. Anyone have ideas or recommendations? Thanks.
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Sandy I used 11 guage or 1/8" steel for the main frame rails and crossmembers, and 8 guage or 11/64" steel for the axle mounting plates. I boxed in the frame in only a few spots. The front section from the front to about a foot behind the point where the A frame attaches, from about 2" in front of the front axle to about 2" behind the rear axle and from the rear of the frame forward about 3ft. Where the waste and fresh water tanks are located I left the frame as an open C Channel.
There has been much discussion here about our manly tendencies to beef everything up and actually the shell provides most of the strength of the shell/frame combination.If the frame is overly beefed up it will transfer road vibrations and shocks/flexes to the shell resulting in shell damage or seperation problems so I would think moderation is in order when upgrading the frame. After all it's a camping trailer and not an M1 battle tank.
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I dreamt last night that I build a new frame and I made it strong enough to hold a rear mounted generator and a motor scooter carriage.
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:18 PM   #81
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Sandy I used 11 guage or 1/8" steel for the main frame rails and crossmembers, and 8 guage or 11/64" steel for the axle mounting plates. I boxed in the frame in only a few spots. The front section from the front to about a foot behind the point where the A frame attaches, from about 2" in front of the front axle to about 2" behind the rear axle and from the rear of the frame forward about 3ft. Where the waste and fresh water tanks are located I left the frame as an open C Channel.
There has been much discussion here about our manly tendencies to beef everything up and actually the shell provides most of the strength of the shell/frame combination.If the frame is overly beefed up it will transfer road vibrations and shocks/flexes to the shell resulting in shell damage or seperation problems so I would think moderation is in order when upgrading the frame. After all it's a camping trailer and not an M1 battle tank.
I will tell my better half the news. He wanted some guidance and I knew someone who has done it would answer. Good to hear from you. Still planning a trip for this fall into our area?
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Testosterone fueled dream..
I can't say I know too much on that topic but now I know what guys really dream about. The secret is out. And here my better half has been telling me all guys dream about juneberry pie and having clean clothes to wear everyday.
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I dreamt last night that I build a new frame and I made it strong enough to hold a rear mounted generator and a motor scooter carriage.
Glad you had a great dream like that last night. I had a crazy dream that we were actually going to be able to start on our frame . Now that is what I call a dream come true. YIPPEE....I guess I had better wait until the frame work actually commences before I get too excited.
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Sandy well economics and time to work on the Excella have forced me to revise my launch date until fall 2012. Hopefully I can complete it by then. If I get it done I would like to go to the TAC rally being held at WDW in FL for Nov. 2012. So I'm not sure yet when I will get to your neck of the woods, maybe late in Mar. 2013. The plan is to go south to the rally then on to Tx. and head west to Ca. and then loop back north and east to home for Apr. 2013 in time to open the park.
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