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Old 10-26-2010, 02:17 PM   #1
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Moving the Entry Door

What am I up against?

I have a 1957 Overlander. It is in need of some attention, lots of attention.

When and if I ever really get finished I would like a trailer that has all the features I am looking for. A queen sized bed is one of thoes features. By moving the door one ribspace I can fit one in. I would be moving the door towards the middle of the trailer. The bed would be in the front and would go side to side.

What are your thoughts?
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:35 PM   #2
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The first thing that comes to my mind is you will have to replace all of the aluminum on that side of the trailer, or have a patch where the door was originally.
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:45 PM   #3
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That will be the easy part. I will be replacing enough metal that a little more wont hurt. If I start making changes I want to do it right
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:48 PM   #4
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How much are you going to be able to move the door? How much area do you have before you get to the inner wheel well?
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:50 PM   #5
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wow. that sounds like quite a project. if you do it, please document for the rest of us. why cant you put the queen bed on the other side of the trailer, the back? then give it a center bath?
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I will be moving the door about 24" which will put me about 4" away from the wheel well. I want to move it to the last full rib before the wheel well
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:59 PM   #7
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why cant you put the queen bed on the other side of the trailer, the back? then give it a center bath?
Cause Im nuts. We have a 22' CCD with the bed across the front and we love it. I build and remodel custom homes so I cant leave anything alone and we love the big rear bath. Its roomy, we currently have a wet bath in the 22'
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:01 PM   #8
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I thought about the steps but if the floor and steps are in the condition of the ones in my 59 Flying Cloud that shouldn't be a problem. On mine the floor is rotted and the steps are rusted away. I don't see why you can't do your mods.
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Before this is over it will be a shell off rebuild. The floor is rotten and Im unsure what the frame looks like
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:33 AM   #10
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Hey Brad, That sounds like an interesting idea, I like it. The only thing that I could see is the shell may have more stress on it closer to the center? I have read other threads about stress cracks above the door in its present location but maybe that is caused by frame problems?
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I have read other threads about stress cracks above the door in its present location but maybe that is caused by frame problems?
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Our '64 Safari is prone to a stress crack near the door frame by the front curbside window. I believe it happened to Viking and others.
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I started to move the door. It went from the front all the way to the rear. Im waiting on new hinges to complete it.
Once I get it mounted and swinging the way I would like I will start filling the holes.
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Brad I like it. I have a '54 crusier and I want to make the area at the front a large living room but the door kind of limits what you can do. I'm not sure I'm up to moving it but I really want to follow what you're doing here so please document with lots of pics. Thanks
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Hi Don

I will do my best. If you want to see what else is happening with the trailer look at the thread titled " I found the leak" After rebuilding both endcaps moving the door didnt seem as hard as I thought it would be
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