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Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 05-07-2018, 06:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,186
Posted By bass-o-matic
I have a class 3 hitch, 500lb tongue weight...

I have a class 3 hitch,
500lb tongue weight max,
There is no factory towing kit. I had a tranny cooler installed.

Trailer is probably 2800 lbs loaded.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 05-07-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,186
Posted By bass-o-matic
450lb Tongue weight need distribution hitch?

I'm towing my custom travel trailer with a 2002 3rd gen 2wd 4runner. The tongue weight is pretty at the limit around 450.

The rear drops a good inch and a half and so the front look higher...
...
Forum: General Repair Forum 04-17-2018, 05:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,346
Posted By bass-o-matic
Thanks everyone!

Thanks everyone!
Forum: General Repair Forum 04-17-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,346
Posted By bass-o-matic
First Trip to Beach. Wax? Treat? Stay away? 2024T3

Hello!

My hand made trailer is done and it's ready for the beach in a few weeks! I keep reading about corrosion. I want to park it right on the beach in Port Aransas. About 50 feet from the water....
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 02-11-2018, 06:11 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,776
Posted By bass-o-matic
more pics

more
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 02-11-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,776
Posted By bass-o-matic
more pics

more pics
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 02-11-2018, 06:04 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,776
Posted By bass-o-matic
Harvey Lives!

Hey Everyone! It's done! and thanks so much for the tips even though I didn't really build anything like an Airstream.

He pulls great but is as aerodynamic as a brick! Still, took it all over West...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 11-15-2017, 09:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,048
Posted By bass-o-matic
Pics of my setup

Hiya! Sorry for the delay... had to clean the house.

By Gravity fill I mean you just fill it with a dangling hose. The city inlet is the one you actually Screw the hose into IMO.

I'm thinking...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 11-13-2017, 12:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,048
Posted By bass-o-matic
Gravity Fill backs up. How to Drain tank.

Hey Everybody!

I built a trailer from scratch. Tested filling the water tank today.... fail.

1. The Gravity fill just backs up. The tank will not fill. The only way I got it to kinda fill was...
Forum: Electronics & Connectivity 01-30-2017, 01:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 759
Posted By bass-o-matic
Proper height of Dual Function CO Monoxide and LP Gas Alarms

I don't get it. How can dual LP and CO alarms work accurately?

LP is heavy and sinks. CO is light and rises. So if you were to get a dual purpose LP and CO alarm. Where would you mount it?...
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 10-13-2016, 04:32 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 98,636
Posted By bass-o-matic
Old thread but hoping it still lives. I just got...

Old thread but hoping it still lives. I just got through using 3m 5200 quick cure to mount my solar panels with those big wide flanged ABS mounts to the flat roof of my canned ham 2024 t3 .032...
Forum: LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 09-29-2016, 03:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 659
Posted By bass-o-matic
Dedicated Propane Regulator per appliance... Really?

I'm designing the propane setup for my new build. I'm installing a Dickinsen Sig 9000 propane fireplace and an Suburban two burner stove. The Dickinsen manual says to use and individual regulator for...
Forum: Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 09-13-2016, 08:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,767
Posted By bass-o-matic
Thanks! OCD. It's not just for breakfast anymore.

Thanks! OCD. It's not just for breakfast anymore.
Forum: Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 09-13-2016, 02:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,767
Posted By bass-o-matic
Hello Old Thread. I'm trying decide weather...

Hello Old Thread.

I'm trying decide weather parking on the Texas coast is a good idea. I mean... on the beach. 20 yards from the salt spray. I build my trailer out of 2024t3 and now I'm thinking...
Forum: General Repair Forum 07-22-2016, 05:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,112
Posted By bass-o-matic
Why thanks! That was very kind of you to go to...

Why thanks! That was very kind of you to go to the extra trouble. Well, I might have to put it an inch from the wall. Maybe i'll just get a little PC fan to blow some air back there?
Forum: General Repair Forum 07-22-2016, 03:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,112
Posted By bass-o-matic
Do I want to vent my fridge to the outside?

I'm putting in this fridge...

http://www.edgestar.com/BWC90SS-EdgeStar-84-Can-Beverage-Cooler-Stainless-Steel/BWC90SS,default,pd.html

It's going to be right up against the back wall. Maybe 2...
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 11-23-2015, 10:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,210
Posted By bass-o-matic
Thanks. I found a slanted one just right.

Thanks. I found a slanted one just right.
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 11-23-2015, 01:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,210
Posted By bass-o-matic
Gray water versus Holding.... Whaaaat?

So, I'm building a trailer from scratch and about to install a gray water tank. I'm not replacing anything so there are no original requirements.

But I am confused. I see square tanks all over...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 11-19-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,958
Posted By bass-o-matic
#30, yea bout every 3rd

#30, yea bout every 3rd
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 11-19-2015, 08:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,958
Posted By bass-o-matic
Proper Riveting Technique. The devil is in the details.

I was up on my scaffold bucking the roof panels and cursing a lot.... a lot... I made my bucking partner blush I'm sure.

I've done about 10 panels, 4 to go and I'm slow on figuring this particular...
Forum: Doors & Locks 11-17-2015, 04:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 982
Posted By bass-o-matic
Bargman L-200 How to lock it from outside? For Sale?

I took this from a donor trailer and have not installed it. I've got the new door on my bench still being bucked together. I took the lock to the locksmith and he made 3 keys. They seem fine.

I...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 08-14-2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,063
Posted By bass-o-matic
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 07-21-2015, 10:58 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,776
Posted By bass-o-matic
Getting there. Can I move it now?

Hello.

My wife has a valid point. When can we tow it and camp in it even if it's not finished out? EG... is the aluminum shell strong enough or do we have to wait until the internal birch is up...
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 04-02-2015, 12:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 834
Posted By bass-o-matic
Thanks guys. I see both sides. It's becoming...

Thanks guys.

I see both sides. It's becoming a bit of a roarshak test. My wife always tells me,

"Which choice will let you sleep better at night?"

I think the missing bit here is the donor...
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 04-02-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 834
Posted By bass-o-matic
Rivet Spacing on Window Frame

I'm about to Cleco in some old jalousie windows... The current rivet spacing is about 3.25 inches....

Keeping in mind that there will be butyl tape under them... would you drill new holes in the...
Forum: General Repair Forum 03-30-2015, 04:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 802
Posted By bass-o-matic
Thanks guys! it's so weird. all the numbers...

Thanks guys!

it's so weird. all the numbers say that the 1/8 should make the smaller hole but with the #30 I got from Aircraft spruce and the 1/8 milwaukee bit I have the #30 is actually smaller....
Forum: General Repair Forum 03-30-2015, 02:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 802
Posted By bass-o-matic
Oopsy - Used 1/8bit not #30 for Buck rivet

Well, it looks like a 1/8 drill bit makes a slightly bigger hole... slightly than a #30... I did drill some holes with a 1/8 about half on one panel.

I'm guessing it will be OK... and my wife...
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 03-11-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,776
Posted By bass-o-matic
There is a good reason.

Hey! I got my first panel up finally. Loads of fun and went real smooth.

I know at least one reason why you start with that tiny bit... cause it's real hard to get that 1/8" bit on target AND it...
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 02-22-2015, 05:04 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,776
Posted By bass-o-matic
Hey Truckasauraus. I Been practicing riveting......

Hey Truckasauraus. I Been practicing riveting... Got my first panel up with the smaller clecos .. But What is the downside of just going right to the 1/8th bit and clecos and rivets. I'm using .032...
Forum: General Repair Forum 01-19-2015, 03:20 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 480
Posted By bass-o-matic
Can I mount Awning Track instead of Trim Rail?

Hello.

Finally getting to skinning my Franken-Trailer.

Question. I'm about to Cleco up some skins and I'm lining up trim. I was planning on putting on awning track. at the top of the trailer...
Forum: General Repair Forum 10-12-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 530
Posted By bass-o-matic
What kind of Rivet is this on Jalousies?

Greetings.

Got my Jalousies back from the Soda Blasting and are buffing and re-assembling.

One of the Rivets holding the mechanisms lost a head. They are not TIGHT but allow the levers to...
Forum: Airstream Classifieds 07-14-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 357
Posted By bass-o-matic
Triangle Mobilite Tail Light Stial-70 19-01

Title: Add New - Airstream Trailer Classifieds - Airstream Trailers For Sale
I just posted a new ad on Airstream Classifieds.

I took this off a 1963 Avalon (not Avion)

Comes with two...
Forum: Windows & Screens 07-03-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 823
Posted By bass-o-matic
Removing HEAVY oxidation from Jalousie Windows

I took apart one window. Setup my bench grinder with a buffing wheel and some Rouge and got to work. I realize now this will take AGES and there may be parts I can't get to. Additionally, I have...
Forum: Plumbing - Systems & Fixtures 07-02-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,186
Posted By bass-o-matic
Cool Neat idea. But you do need that original gravity...

Neat idea. But you do need that original gravity feed to let air and pressure escape right?

I'm plumbing from scratch so I'm tweaking my plans. Super simple. No hot water. No shower. Just a...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 06-26-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 723
Posted By bass-o-matic
Width. Yes, you state the obvious good sir but a...

Width. Yes, you state the obvious good sir but a few things got me to this point:

1. Misunderestimation My budget (new wife) thought it would be cheaper to buy some basket case canned ham and...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 06-19-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 723
Posted By bass-o-matic
Too Tall Jones?

building canned ham with airstream methods...

Attached find my semi-Final rough design. And two shots of the vertical "form/wall" i made so I can peg my wall metal to it and built it at my lazy...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 06-19-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 674
Posted By bass-o-matic
For the joint where the roof meets the sidewalls....

For the joint where the roof meets the sidewalls.

Do I have the right idea?
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 06-19-2014, 09:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 674
Posted By bass-o-matic
Which Roof Edge to use?

Building a canned ham style with Airstream construction methods.

Question. Roof Edge. I'm torn between these two styles.

1. Standard
RV Teardrop Trailer Roof Edge Door Jamb Liner Molding |...
Forum: General Repair Forum 06-19-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,091
Posted By bass-o-matic
Side Clamps

oh, drat. There are 4 sizes of side clams.

SIDE GRIP CLAMPS from Aircraft Spruce (http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/sideClamps.php?clickkey=3620)

My C channel is 1.5 inches on all 3...
Forum: General Repair Forum 06-19-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,091
Posted By bass-o-matic
You guys are awesome! You get extra donuts today....

You guys are awesome! You get extra donuts today. Mmmmm. Donuts.
Forum: General Repair Forum 06-19-2014, 07:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,091
Posted By bass-o-matic
How many clecos?

Building an entire trailer. Starting framing with c channel. Wondering how many clecos I need? I'm guessing 200 of 1/8 and 200 of 3/32. Minimum.

Thoughts?
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 05-07-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 614
Posted By bass-o-matic
Sanity check. Attaching Baseplates to floor to Frame

Hiya. I'm building a canned ham from scratch using Airstream-ish construction methods. 10 feet long by 7 feet wide.

I just want to get a sanity check on my frame so far.

1. I've been bolting...
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 04-13-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,314
Posted By bass-o-matic
Wow. Thanks for the detailed answer. Very...

Wow. Thanks for the detailed answer. Very interesting data.
Forum: General Repair Forum 04-10-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 842
Posted By bass-o-matic
I'd love to but there's nothing to look at yet....

I'd love to but there's nothing to look at yet. Just the pretty new deck. Or 500 feet of Aluminum C Channel?

It's totally being built from scratch… and my imagination. My imagination doesn't...
Forum: General Repair Forum 04-10-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 842
Posted By bass-o-matic
I have some time to decide on this one. Curious....

I have some time to decide on this one. Curious. If I wanted to buy a Door Frame (would need to handle a screen door too)… is there a supplier? or should I just refurb the one I got? It's not bad....
Forum: General Repair Forum 04-10-2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 842
Posted By bass-o-matic
Thanks everyone! I'm enjoying every little detail...

Thanks everyone! I'm enjoying every little detail of this "little" hobby.
Forum: General Repair Forum 04-10-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 842
Posted By bass-o-matic
Door swinging the wrong way?

Building a Canned Ham/Airstream mutant.

I have a door frame from an old donor canned ham. Before I install it don't you want the door to open from the left? hinged on the right? from the outside? ...
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 04-10-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,776
Posted By bass-o-matic
Oh, and another question. I'm getting a 100 tooth...

Oh, and another question. I'm getting a 100 tooth aluminum blade for my miter saw so I can make lovely clean cuts.

I read that it produces sharp little aluminum shavings. How much of an issue is...
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 04-10-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,776
Posted By bass-o-matic
I guess I'll post new questions regarding my...

I guess I'll post new questions regarding my general build out here rather than start a new thread.

I got my U Channel from Crippen Sheet metal…. beautiful. Ready to put down the baseplates and...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 03-30-2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,680
Posted By bass-o-matic
Metal Brake on Amazon. I'm guessing this is...

Metal Brake on Amazon.

I'm guessing this is too light duty for .040 at 4 feet wide?

What if i went down to .036?

Amazon.com: Malco MB48A 48-inch Portable Brake: Home Improvement...
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