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Old 04-04-2013, 11:07 AM   #57
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Lucky!
I seem to remember you writing that you have never had any problems with the old 50s couplers. I guess everyone has a first time.
Lucky lucky lucky!
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:34 PM   #58
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I had hoped that no one would bring that up.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:49 PM   #59
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Did not finish the polish as planned due to rain. Around here the rain is the better choice. Will pick up the schedule tomorrow.

I almost lost it all due to a stupid mistake. I towed the Bubble without the safety lock pin in the coupler.....I never use one. I WILL FROM NOW ON!. I went over a small bridge near home and the bump caused the coupler to open and the trailer disengaged. All I had to consider safety...was an old rusty chain which I was on the way to replace with something reliable. Luckily it held and the trailer stayed behind the truck. It did do several wifferdills, but stayed upright and on the road. As it dragged the truck to a stop I was able to reconnect and recover ....somewhat. See the drag marks I left on the road...
Very scary, indeed. That happened to us with a SOB ... the coupler was still locked when we dug the tongue jack out from under our F150's bumper.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:59 PM   #60
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It was like flying formation

When I saw the free floating Bubble in the mirror I was afraid to slow down...no matter how much I wanted to stop. I did not want the trailer under the back of the truck so I stayed off the brakes and watched the mirror and adjusted speed to have the trailer stay straight in tow while pulling us to a stop. I don't ever want to do that again.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:12 PM   #61
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But you had the sense to not hit your brakes, Robin. You could have completely wiped out that little beauty in a split-second.
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"When I saw the free floating Bubble in the mirror I was afraid to slow down...no matter how much I wanted to stop. I did not want the trailer under the back of the truck so I stayed off the brakes and watched the mirror and adjusted speed to have the trailer stay straight in tow while pulling us to a stop. I don't ever want to do that again."
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Reading this gave me goosebumps. Glad you and your Bubble are okay....very wise actions in not hitting those brakes. BTW....since you'll probably get a new jack go electric

I started getting freaked out by all of the reports of theft so we put a lock on the coupler....totally fine at a campground but not when towing as our dear friend told us.

Have fun with your restoration....makes me inspired to get our Bubble on the road
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Deep into the dirty work

Rain delay on the schedule....so I am into a dirty job . Floor is in and the belly pan off. POR done and I am doing the insulation like I did on Bubble 1..Bub. I also POR'd the bumper and A frame to the coupler.
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A problem area

When looking at the belly pan be sure to check the area where the pan curves up around the rear steel hold down crossmember. The two metal in contact, constantly chaffing in a wet environment is a problem I found this on both Bubbles.
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when all else fails

I tried to slip the end floor section into place, but could not get the shell to flex enough (to keep me comfortable) enough to do that. So I cut the floor at center. I welded a steel center brace strap for strength and slipped both halfs into position. With a Sawsall and a big hammer anything is possible.
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Wow, Robin, you're good and coming right along. With as fast as you are moving, you'll pass us by and have yours completed first!

Are you doing the foam board strips/bubble foil method for insulating the interior? If so, do you think there is much difference between the type (foil insulation) sold at Home Depot and the one you have to order online? (I think the one online is Prodex.)

What type of exterior lighting are you planning to use? We are getting ready to order some this coming week; we decided to have all LED's, but DH wants the type for the brake lights to be the ones with a disk and small bulbs all around that in a circular pattern -- he doesn't think just the one single LED bulb will be bright enough to get people's attention when braking. Do you know where to get that type?

I also wanted to ask you............since POR 15 doesn't hold up well to sunlight, and you did POR the bumper, I take it you will be painting your bumper? (I don't want to miss out on a step which we should do.)

Great job Robin.

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nice job Robin. the correct name of the tool you were using recently is called "the convincer"! keep on going. ted
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The "Convincer".....essential tool box item. Thanks Ted.....I still live on your thread for guidance and inspiration.
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I learned my lesson

Always use a coupler safety pin. That hole is not for a security lock.
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Disregard the last posting photo.

The coupler would not pass a security check and slipped off the ball ....this time while being checked in the Barn shop. Replaced it all with a 2 in. Bull Dog type. Now awaiting POR.
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