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Old 08-28-2007, 05:06 PM   #29
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if i get around to it i plan on welding some expanded mesh over the opening.

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Old 08-28-2007, 05:17 PM   #30
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I do not know of any plastic that I can get that I can bend at a 90 degree angle. As far as Al verses Fe. I could use some 24ga galvinized steel sheet metal Paint it and RTV it in place.
I was imagining a flat piece of plastic. A stainless steel self tapping screw near each corner could act as locator spigots inside each tube, and a good blob of RTV would seal all the circumference. Your idea of the galvanized sheet would certainly work. I like the simplicity of the stainless pot scourers, and they allow the tubes to breath.
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:37 PM   #31
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A Little breathing may be good but I want to treat the inside so it does not rust any more. Since it has already strated rusting LPS 3 or equilvent is what I would use. Under coating would allow it to continue rusting under the coating.

I was thinking of modifying the plate to have some open space at the top behind the coupler. That way it is protected and allow it to breath.

Welding? I want to be able to remove it reasonably easily and insepect.
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Old 08-29-2007, 08:08 AM   #32
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How about one of these? I'm not near my trailer so I can't measure the opening. If they are available the minimum order would do 10-20 trailers.
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A frend of mine who is a welder told me that if you seal tubing up to tight it can sweat from changes in humidity and temp. Might be somthing to think about but greasing the inside sounds good to me.
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I like the idea. the ones in specs re too small but I like the thinking.
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Old 08-29-2007, 04:40 PM   #35
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this can happen if you trap moisture inside the frame. Here in Idaho it is soo dry that this not a problem. If you are worried about that you can fill the frame with inert gas, nitrogen, argon.... You would have to seal the other ends as well.
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Old 08-29-2007, 10:28 PM   #36
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nylon fabric frame bar cover

Here are pictures of the cover that I made for our trailer.
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The photos above show what is described in post #22 on page 2

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Has anyone tried a sewn nylon fabric (e.g., rip stop nylon) cover casing opening reinforced with a wire frame, and fastening it in place with a Velcro strap? There is a upper anterior lip that the bent wire frame can hook onto. A Velcro strap can slip around the posterior medial bar hole opening to secure it. This would allow ventilation, limit wildlife/water/debris access, and permit periodic inspection.
In addition, a stainless steel pot scrubber was placed just inside the
opening of each rail.
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Old 11-23-2007, 11:13 PM   #38
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Caps installed

A little update. Tomorrow I hit the road for the winter. Yesterday I took measurements layed out, bent up the edges, primed and painted the Caps. I sanded and primed the inside of the box frame where I could reach. I sprayed the inside of the box frame as far as I could see with corrosion inhititor. This afternoon I installed the caps. Black RTV before and after the the caps were installed.
This should keep the weather at bay.
The first picture is caps preped and ready.
The second picture is the frame ends preped and ready.
The third picture is the supervisor watching over me.
The forth picture is the caps installed.
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You are too clever. Probably all Sarah's idea and you're taking the credit. Now, of course, Vincent thinks I need to go out and crawl under both trailers to look at the tongues. Thanks Michelle. By the way, we still have room for you and Sarah in the yard if you stop by.
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You are too clever. Probably all Sarah's idea and you're taking the credit.
You caught me. It was her idea and she did all the design. She just made sure I did the job properly.
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By the way, we still have room for you and Sarah in the yard if you stop by.
Thanks, My plans at the moment are to head east on I-80 again. I will have freind with me on this trip. The troute can change depending on the weather.

Headed back west. I am planning on I-10.
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