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islandtrader 03-12-2018 06:33 PM

Belly Up
 
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Flipping the trailer completely over would be the way go. Being on the side is second best.

It took me 3 paper patterns to make it right. I did not find impossible, but it was a challenge to make it look good.

Everyone tackles this differently and I looked at a lot of posts and tried to do what works for me...but there are challenges ahead.

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islandtrader 03-28-2018 03:00 PM

Belly Pan Update
 
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Well last few weeks around here have been dedicated to house maintenance and spring breakers, visiting. Now back to the real work :D

Couple more sections have been put on. I'm trying to make sure I mouse proof the sucker. However I know they can squeeze into a hole as little as a 1/4 inch.

Takes time...as I said b4 its easier on the side than on your back...but flipping is the way to go..

Oh yes you can never have enough clecos...just ordered 50 more.

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steinVT 03-29-2018 06:05 AM

Making good progress. I'm jealous and still looking at snow out my window.

Couple of questions:
How thick is the insulation you attached to the floor?
How did you attach it?

Thanks,
Mark

Aerowood 03-29-2018 07:33 AM

If you just ordered 50 clecos then you are still 50 short.

islandtrader 03-30-2018 08:09 AM

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Originally Posted by steinVT (Post 2082183)
Making good progress. I'm jealous and still looking at snow out my window.

Couple of questions:
How thick is the insulation you attached to the floor?
How did you attach it?

Thanks,
Mark

The insulation is 2"...and the back side has a thin plastic type sheet covering the foam board. I basically glued it on with a water base adhesive that was recommended to me, it comes in a tube like caulk. I would tell you the name but I don't have any tubes laying around.

islandtrader 03-30-2018 08:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Aerowood (Post 2082208)
If you just ordered 50 clecos then you are still 50 short.

OH NO! Now you tell me....:lol:

islandtrader 04-14-2018 04:41 PM

Air Rivit Tool
 
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I have had this tool for at least the last 30 years ...and when pulling a lot of pop rivets especially big or steel this is life saver.

Got all the flat pieces on and tomorrow I will start on the banana wraps.

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islandtrader 04-30-2018 08:44 PM

Plugging Away
 
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The problem with having to many toys is you have to attend to each of there needs...and the airstream gets the short straw. Oh well now the boats water pump is replaced...and the Jeepster,s tranny is now been rebuild.

Working on the banana wraps. Not really difficult, just takes time. Each wrap has an extra strip on the out riggers to prevent creasing and rub thru. Iím making the wraps a separate so they can replaced easily when dented... also getting ready to cut holes for the on demand hot water heater...thinking ahead :lol:

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islandtrader 05-04-2018 04:25 PM

Big Holes
 
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Today I finally got the measurements for the holes on the hot water heater. Measured 6x LOL and only cut once. I thought it would be easier cutting the belly pan b4 I rivet in place. Since the holes are 4 1/2 inches I'm glad I did it.

Doing an on demand water heater, with the exhaust through the floor rather than out the side. One hole is intake and the other is the exhaust. Smaller hole is for a pressure relief tube.

I used 4 inch pvc to line the hole and to give it the direct outlet it needs. Will screen the bottom with some screen caps.

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islandtrader 05-12-2018 04:15 PM

Done!
 
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Don't let the title mislead you...only the belly pan is done..:p

Like I said in a previous post...if you can flip it completely over, you will save a lot of time and back aches. I put my pan together with approx. 20 sections. For me it was easier to do...plus all the banana wraps can be removed separately if need be.

Each out rigger has a sacrificial aluminum covering if the seams did not over lap.

The exposed wood floor under the steps got a aluminum covering and will get caulked to seal out any water intrusion.

Next step is to clean the shell and get it ready to be attached to the sub floor. Can't wait to start doing something different.

Oh yes my first measure 10x cut once mistake. Any how I just "stretched" the aluminum by adding a piece since I was out of that material. It's on the bottom so no one can see it.
A few years ago I would of fretted about this and maybe ordered more aluminum . But knowing you can't see it and its not structural it does not bother me one bit...haha

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DDickey 05-15-2018 07:48 AM

Milestone
 
It's looking great!

islandtrader 05-20-2018 08:57 AM

Water Testing
 
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Before putting the shell back onto the frame I thought I would do some water testing and sealing. This way most of the crud is still on the ground and not on my brand new floor...LOL

What is interesting is that the end caps showed no sign of water intrusion and after a good soaking still were good. The only leaks so far are where they were before...did some blue pad die grinding to get the corrosion off and then sprayed the seams with leak seal...this stuff works great. It also comes in a clear formula, which might come in handy for quick repairs on the roof. I also have a quart of flex seal that someone gave me and will use this to coat everything that has a hole in it.

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islandtrader 06-02-2018 03:51 PM

Lift on...
 
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Finally got the shell back on...just in time for hurricane season. Putting the shell on is always a PIA. No matter how you plan it there is always a rivet or stray pieces of aluminum that hangs you up. It seems like you kick, push, shove and say bad things about somebody's mother. Then like some miracle you hear a loud noise and everything is solid. I do have to say when that shell is on the frame it is rock hard no jiggle...

A couple pictures showing the inside. I hard mounted the shell to the frame at four points. Now all the fun begins putting the 600 rivets in that I took out oh so long ago...

Off on a river cruise for the month of June so no more action til July. :lol:

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DDickey 06-02-2018 05:39 PM

Shell on
 
Congratulations! Shell on is a milestone for sure

Bubba L 06-02-2018 07:07 PM

You sure have come a long way. Glad the shell dropped back on without issue. I think that was my first initial big concern. But I found that there are a few concerns after the shell goes back on. I love challenges. All is looking great. Keep the progress going. Good luck, Bubba

MsRivet 06-03-2018 06:03 AM

Woo-hoo and a yiiipppeee ki-yay!!! Good job! We can't wait to get to this point on ours. That point will be a sigh of relief. One question . . .

Did you do anything special to the decking joints? What type of joint did you use?

chrisetmike 06-03-2018 07:24 AM

Congratulations, can't wait to see the rest!

steinVT 06-03-2018 08:46 AM

I can only imagine how good that feels. Going to be a long time until I am there. At least I don't usually have to worry about hurricanes, only snow.

Congrats, Mark

islandtrader 06-03-2018 09:59 AM

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Originally Posted by MsRivet (Post 2109859)
Woo-hoo and a yiiipppeee ki-yay!!! Good job! We can't wait to get to this point on ours. That point will be a sigh of relief. One question . . .

Did you do anything special to the decking joints? What type of joint did you use?

Not sure I understand the question fully. All boards and edges were epoxy sealed and painted. The joints on the sub floor are just butted up to each other with a bead of silicone caulk to water proof them. The C channel has a moisture barrier between the channel and the floor. And the sub floor also has a barrier on it floor to frame...hope this helps.

MsRivet 06-04-2018 05:15 AM

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Originally Posted by islandtrader (Post 2109934)
Not sure I understand the question fully. All boards and edges were epoxy sealed and painted. The joints on the sub floor are just butted up to each other with a bead of silicone caulk to water proof them. The C channel has a moisture barrier between the channel and the floor. And the sub floor also has a barrier on it floor to frame...hope this helps.

That answered my question. Thanks so much! Some, and thatís only a handful of people, have added wood cabinetry biscuits to the subfloor joints. Preventing vertical movement across the width of the long subfloor joints. Overkill? Probably. We are not far from adding the new decking subfloor onto the new frame. Just polling what others have done.

Enjoy that river cruise!


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