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Old 06-28-2014, 09:00 PM   #15
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When you work alone a come-along makes short work of pulling the axles out
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:04 PM   #16
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Here are the new axles ready to go with the shocks already attached.
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:13 PM   #17
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The new axles were pulled through again using the come-along and a moving dolly. Once under the trailer, I hooked the shocks onto the frame studs and used a floor-jack to lift and pointy pry bars to guide them into place. My thanks to Colin Hyde for a perfect fit first time.
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:25 PM   #18
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Back on its own feet. Total time to reinstall including pulling old axles out 7Hrs. approx. 2.5 times longer than anticipated, mostly due to working in high heat & humidity issues. As you can see in the second pic, almost no down angle on the trailing arm.
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:26 PM   #19
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Definitely needed replacement.
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:40 PM   #20
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Hello again. Its been a while, I thought I should give an update. After getting the new axles installed, brought the TT home from my friends farm. Now its no longer a 20 min. drive each way. Got the belly pan off before the snow flew and was pleased by the general condition of the frame.

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The outriggers on the other hand were not as good.


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All told, I will be replacing 15 of them.
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:53 PM   #21
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Wow,,,, got some work there! Also try to kill that rot and seal it.

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Old 03-20-2015, 11:07 PM   #22
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After Christmas, got working on stripping out the trailer. Everything came out slowly but undamaged. (At least no further damage by me) During the coldest Feb. on record. Began removing the inner skins. The mouse trails and tunnels were bad.

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All cleaned up as best I can without spraying down the inside. (Its still below freezing some days)

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The little red box is my 240V contractors heater, allows me to work during the winter.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:24 PM   #23
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Was planning to scab in some floor sections and retrofit some grey water tanks. With that, the welding repairs, and having discussing it with my other half, looks like I'm going "the Full Monty". All in all, does not look too bad. It needs doing, but not too bad.

Here are the worst spots.

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A PO's idea of a repair. He just cut out a piece of rough sawn hardwood and stuck it in.

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For the record, the curbside vista window leaks like a sieve. The streetside vista not quite so bad but close.
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:38 AM   #24
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Your walls look very very similar to ours! Taking off those inner skins can be a good thing. Gets rid of that musty odor too, along with replacing the floor in our case. We had quite the acorn stash in our walls when we took them off. It's definitely a process but well worth the time, we decided. Of course, we're almost done...

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And so it begins.......

Those mouse houses are a trip. They kinda give me the willies....

Strangely, I had no rodent infestation in my walls. I am happy about that...


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Old 04-19-2015, 09:34 PM   #26
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Been a long week

Well it's been a long week. Got lots done, but never as much as I wanted to. Things done, removed AC unit. Scraping off the butyl sealant was no fun. Seems like one of the PO's really liked the stuff even covered all the screws which then had to be removed using a putty knife. Set up my scaffolding giving me a good solid work platform.
Also removed the broken antenna while I was up there.

The next job was drilling out rivets, both Pop and Bucked, hundreds of them. On the sides of the TT I decided to leave the "wrap around" C channel attached to the floor, just drilling the rivets. Some rivets had to be cut using a hammer and stiff putty knife. I will remove the channels after the shell has been removed. On the ends of the TT I decided to leave the plain C channel attached to the shell. The bolts holding the channel to the floor were all rusted, so spent lots of time with the pneumatic cut-off wheel cutting off the bolts. When there wasn't enough room, I switched to the Dremel with a cut-off wheel. When all else failed, cold chisel and big hammer. I tried to avoids that as much as possible. The channel itself is in pretty good condition, and I want to reuse it. Also removed the battery compartment so the shell will sit flat on the ground.

Whenever I got too stiff, sore or tired, I worked on building my gantry's. Got them all finished today. Unfortunately today is also my last day off for a while. Its going to be another 2 weeks before I get enough time off to focus on the Airstream and get some extra manpower for the "liftoff".
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Old 05-02-2015, 03:29 PM   #27
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Lift off and separation successful!

My work crew showed up on time, and the lift went as smooth as expected. There were the usual few hangups as I was expecting. Even my wife was surprised that the was no damage or rude words. My thanks to Bryan, Terry and Alf who came over to help manhandle the gantries into place and lift the shell. Also, my thanks to all the posters on the forum who's sage advice made this a smooth operation.
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:18 PM   #28
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Beautiful! Now, may I kindly recommend you move the "gantrys ".... Were wind to tip one, we would all be sad for you.
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