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Frame Repair

Posted 02-13-2013 at 09:09 PM by Silver Trout

Okay, so I removed the plywood subfloor on Sunday. I went back this morning to my welder to let him take another look now that all the frame is easily visible. Looks like we are probably going to replace the entire main frame rails instead of splicing new frame rails behind the axles. They also want to use 5 inch box steel tubing at 3/16 thickness. Ive read all the threads on the problem with rust on the interior surface where you do not have access to paint and the dilemma to seal the box tube...
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And the Shell Comes Off!!!

Posted 02-09-2013 at 01:35 PM by Silver Trout
Updated 02-11-2013 at 10:11 PM by Silver Trout (Misspellings)

Well, I finished the lifting frame, drank a big glass of courage, and lifted the shell. All went as planned with no complications so far. My biggest fear was dealing with wind after the shell was off, so I spent extra time designing a plan to make sure she was anchored down. We had 20-30 mph winds last night and I groaned every time I heard the wind pick up. I went out to check on her this morning and she did great! The frame feels very sturdy and I can't even make it flex when I put all my weight...
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The lifting frame for shell removal

Posted 01-30-2013 at 10:24 PM by Silver Trout

The frame to lift the shell is coming together. We decided to bolt it directly to the ribs with self tapping sheet metal screws. Total of seven 2x6's across the width with 2x6's run legthwise to spread the jacking pressure across all the cross members evenly and prevent buckling of the walls. Afer these pics were taken, we added two 16 ft 1x6's in an "x" pattern across the top to prevent torsion. Finally, the end caps wre supported with 2x's attached to the main frame to keep their weight...
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Finally finished breaking down the interior

Posted 01-30-2013 at 10:06 PM by Silver Trout
Updated 02-12-2013 at 01:01 AM by Silver Trout

You can appreciate the soggy, crumbling plywood in the rear bath. Due to the separation between the floor and the rear of the shell, rainwater rolls down the back of the shell and directly into this area
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Most of the outriggers in front of the axels look pretty good. At least 5 need to be replaced due to rust
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The PO got a little excited with silicone around the vista views and vents
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Halfway finished...
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Correction

Posted 01-27-2013 at 10:42 PM by Silver Trout

Well the banana wraps are still in place on the last picture but I cant figure out how to delete my comment. They are all off now though!
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