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Old 03-25-2007, 08:05 PM   #155
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Tail panel with auxillary brake lights and back-up lights for camera. The round lights are the back-ups.

The lower tail lights will come on as soon as hydraulic pressure builds up in the system. These lights are tied into the on-board battery bank.

On a typical trailer the breakaway switch activates the brakes but no warning is given to the vehicle behind the trailer. Separation from a tow vehicle also means loss of all external lighting.

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Old 03-25-2007, 10:06 PM   #156
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Tail panel with auxillary brake lights and back-up lights for camera. The round lights are the back-ups.

The lower tail lights will come on as soon as hydraulic pressure builds up in the system. These lights are tied into the on-board battery bank.

On a typical trailer the breakaway switch activates the brakes but no warning is given to the vehicle behind the trailer. Separation from a tow vehicle also means loss of all external lighting.
That's a great idea about the taillights for the breakaway switch!
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:32 PM   #157
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What part of MI. are you In?? I would love to come see this piece of art work with my own two eye's!! LOL Matt
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Old 04-19-2007, 06:38 AM   #158
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Old 05-18-2007, 04:09 PM   #159
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3-30-2007

Special thanks to Randy Wilson of M3 Associates.

I went to the web looking for the type of latch and hasp used to secure truck doors. My application was a little different. I wanted to use the mechanism horizontally to secure the trailer ramps to the trailer walls.

I found M3's web site. http://www.m3assoc.com/products.html They had a list of stainless and aluminum closure devices that were suitable but all had three bar supports and I wanted four. I contacted the office and the young lady I spoke to was very nice and very helpful. She asked what the application was and I told her that it was a custom trailer.

She said, "I think Randy would like to talk to you but he'd out doing something involving needles and elbows." I left her this web site's address and I got a call from Randy the next day.

He said he spent 2 hours reading the entire build and told me that he was impressed. He told me that my shop's attention to detail was amazing. When I told him that I had built it myself the line went quiet for a moment. I took that as high praise.

Randy told me that there is nothing new or novel in his industry nor has there been, for a very long time. He found my concept exciting and insane at the same time.

I finally got him to talk about his product and he told me that he had the perfect parts for my application, and he was right.

But first, he had to tell me that my garage door springs were wound too tight. He knew because he was able to calculate, just by looking at the pictures, that one of my worst mistakes could have been avoided by having bigger springs. The largest I thought were available were 160 lb units. It wasn't sufficient to lift the tail gate with the huge spare tire attached. The tire and wheel weigh about 90 lbs.

Randy told me that I needed 205 lb springs to lift the load with the spare attached to the ramp, as I've always envisioned. I was exstatic to think that I could go back to the original design. Randy judged it so closely that he was able to tell me that 7 360 turns would yield the proper amout of force to lift the spare and ramp combined. Thanks again Randy.



He then asked me for my shipping address. I asked if he could take a credit card and he said he would be satisfied if I mentioned his company's name. Done. Two days later I received a new set of springs and the parts I needed to fit my highly specialized need.

The aluminum shaft passes through two carriers allowing it to slide sideways and rotate. The claw is welded to the end of the shaft and rotated to engage the catch by the handle at the other end of the shaft. The shaft will have a spring to automatically retract the claw to clear a cable and the upper door piston.

Problem solved.





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Old 05-18-2007, 04:10 PM   #160
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5-12-2007 Cabin is finished!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My carpenter friend took work in another state. I was left to my own devices. I had completed everything that I was going to do, the rest required his level of craftsmanship, or so I thought.

I took my time, measure twice and cut once. The work is not perfect. I am human.

I started the cabin finish by strengthening the bulkhead wall and building the framework for cabinetry. I ordered a water tank that perfectly fit the area above the rear of the entertainment center. It gravity feeds the faucet at the wet bar sink.





The sink is stainless steel and came from an RV surplus outlet. The faucet is one typically found on drinking fountains. It has a goose neck and a lever handle that detents in the on position for filling containers.





I fabricated some custom hinges that attach the doors both on the backs and sided of the doors



Installed all of the edge trim taking care to have screw holes line up where pieces are close by. The same molding is used on edge on the doors.



Built the doors out of the bamboo flooring. Took advantage of their tongue and groove construction to make all of the pieces interlock with aluminum strips binding them along their edge.



The completed entertainment center.



From the side.



The rest of the cabin.

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Old 05-23-2007, 04:26 PM   #161
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5-21-2007 Our 35th anniversary spent decorating the trailer with personal items from our past.

The blender was "regifted" to us as a wedding present, long before "regifting" became the norm. The Avacado motor is perfect. The pictures on the wall were taken in 1956. We were 3 and 4.







This is a personal treasure. When my grandfather passed away my cousins looted my grandparent's posessions. The mare and foal was always my favorite piece of theirs. It was about the only thing actually mentioned in his will so they left it for me. It turns out that my parents had given it to my grandparents before I was born.

The mugs were purchased on our honeymoon in England. We gave these to my in-laws when we got home. The never used them so we absconded with them last year. 35 years old and never used.



This is the first, and last, "investment" we made in "limited editions". It's a Norman Rockwell set by Gorham. It's from the "young love" series from 1972. The plates were originally issued in 1949, two years before this trailer was made.

We paid $120 for the set. Now they're worth $140.



My wife collects giraffes. We found this set with the giraffe on one and a gazelle on the other. They just screamed out '50s living room.



A trip to IKEA yielded a colorful small-scale serving set and utensils.

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Old 05-23-2007, 05:33 PM   #162
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Holy Cow!

Barry, it's a beaut!!!

Questions - the frame for the cabinets looks like it's aluminum square tubes. How did you join them together... is there a "plug" that you insert to screw them together or? Did you glue the flooring strips together on the flat, and then put the edging around? What did you use for the edging and where did you find it? Do the panels glue to the frame work? I can't see any fasteners for them. I really wish you were closer to the NW, I'd love to spend the day just looking at the trailer, let alone your car collection!

Enjoy it!
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Old 05-23-2007, 06:18 PM   #163
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All of the aluminum trim in the cabin is all the same material. It is a highly flexible table edge material from Blakely Products. It's about $14 for a 12-foot piece. I used a ton of it. It is meant to be the edge for a 3/4" plywood table top.

It is so flexible that I was able to bend 2" radius for the floor hatch. If you look closely you can see the small edge showing at all of the intersections of the floors, walls and ceiling. I even used it to trim the doorway. The same trim is used on the flat for the window and appliance cabinet.

I took advantage of the bamboo flooring tongue and grooves. If you'll notice, the tops of the doors each have a horizontal piece. I used the tongue of the horizontal piece to fit into the grooves of the ends of the vertical pieces. The slats are tongue and grooved to each other. There is no glue. The 5/8" thick flooring pieces are secured to each other with 1/8" aluminum plates and numerous screws. The edge trim binds everything together. The handles are out of the McMaster-Carr catalogue.
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:44 PM   #164
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Thanks Barry! How about the cabinet frames - square aluminum tubing? How do they join?
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:49 PM   #165
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No tubing at all. Just moulding.
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Old 05-24-2007, 08:33 AM   #166
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Have you tried to tow the trailer again since the accident? If so, have you tried it with a car in it (I'd try with a new one first, not a vintage one!)?
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Per OP tow vehicle request: We found it. A 13k trailer won't be a problem:

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We have the same IKEA stuff in our Airstream... for the kids. ;-)
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