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Old 05-27-2004, 07:06 PM   #15
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Hmmm I'll have to check mine - I assumed it was 3 inch "C" channel

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Old 05-29-2004, 08:42 AM   #16
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Don - Your right, went and checked my frame yesterday, it is 4 in also. Guess gotta get my eyeballs cleaned a bit - soon as I looked at it I thought thats a big 3 inches - sure enough it was 4. It is C channel though.

Another little problem is now that I have all the cabinets out, when I jump up and down, the walls bow in - think I have shell seperation - gotta get the belly off next and see how its all bolted together. The good news is the only rot I found is in the front and in a small area, so my thinking is the outriggers are broke, or the floor is loose from the frame - from what I can tell, this trailer has been over some pretty rough roads. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

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Old 05-30-2004, 01:40 AM   #17
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I know your post wasnít directed to me but I might be able to give you a little insight. I found I had a problem with mine when I brought it home, my brother-in-law was following me and he said the bumper was loose. He said it was moving up and down about 4 inches while traveling down the highway, the PO had replaced most of the floor and had not bothered bolting the shell back down to the floor, thus the problem. Another problem was he had severely overloaded the trailer. You can see some of the floor patches in the link below:
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I am replacing the floor without removing the shell, Iím going to cut the new floor 88 1/8" then split it in half, the 1/8" is for the saw curf. I have welded in a 2" wide strap the length of the trailer on the centerline for the plywood to rest on, it will also be a platform to bolt to. This is just a poor mans way of doing a complete floor replacement with only one person. See picture in link below:
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The strap welded in has added a lot of stability to the frame without adding a lot of weight. Once the plywood is bolted down at the seem I believe it will be as strong as a complete sheet, anyways I'm doing this alone and can't lift the shell. Also in the second picture you can see part of an outrigger I welded in. The one that was there went on a walkabout. Don't know what happened to it.
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Old 05-30-2004, 09:51 AM   #18
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Yea, it kinda helps to have the shell bolted to the floor.

In my case the PO cut the last few cross members - so I know I've got to get those fixed.

My floor is origianal so I know something is bolted to something - from what I can tell I don't have very much floor rot, so either the bolts have pulled through somehow or I've got some broken out riggers or one more possibility is because the cross members are cut, its allowing the whole thing to bow, anyway, I need to get under there and pull the belly, get my wife to jump up and down while I watch whats going on. I'll you all posted

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