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Old 12-28-2012, 05:31 PM   #61
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Home at last....

Finally brought the frame home today. Some welding repairs, new axels, wheels, tires...and a brand new paint job. Now, if winter would just go away... so I could get to work again.
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:38 PM   #62
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When sliding the frame back under the shell you'll find that its now 3" - 4" higher because of the new axles.
So you'll have to ...
Let the air out of the tires?
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:54 PM   #63
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Probably won't be able to let too much air out, as I have to muscle it around by hand to get it back under the shell...not enough room in the alley to maneuver my TV. But I've got some 30" supports to jack it up for the re-uniting....just a little stressful having it hanging out in mid-air like that. Hopefully I can find some buds to give me a hand. But it will be awhile...have to build the new floor first...and that probably won't happen until Spring. Bring on Spring!!!
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:55 PM   #64
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Finally brought the frame home today. Some welding repairs, new axels, wheels, tires...and a brand new paint job. Now, if winter would just go away... so I could get to work again.
Alas we know your pain. Keep at it and it will happen. Don't give up and keep consulting the Forum experts. They helped us a lot during our shell off renovation of the Albatross during the cold ND winter.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:19 PM   #65
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It sure is looking great so far. I can't wait to see pictures of your progress after the snow melts.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:53 AM   #66
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While it is hanging in mid air, what happens if gail force winds show up?

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Hopefully I can find some buds to give me a hand. But it will be awhile...have to build the new floor first...and that probably won't happen until Spring. Bring on Spring!!!
Let us know when you're ready in the Spring. We'll come help if we can!

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Old 12-31-2012, 09:21 AM   #68
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Let us know when you're ready in the Spring. We'll come help if we can!

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Hopefully I will last that long. Currently 4 days in the hospital with pancreatitis. Spring is looking a long way off
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:35 AM   #69
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A friend had pancreatitus a couple of years ago at Thanksgiving. She was in the hospital for several days—don't remember how long. She was told not to drink alcohol and I don't think they ever figured it out. She drinks much less alcohol now and has been fine every since. She had been getting ready to have many people over for Thanksgiving dinner and we wondered how much the stress was affecting her and whether her pancreas got inflamed as a warning to do less. She took the warning and has cut back to just do twice as much as any normal person.

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A friend had pancreatitus a couple of years ago at Thanksgiving. She was in the hospital for several days—don't remember how long. She was told not to drink alcohol and I don't think they ever figured it out. She drinks much less alcohol now and has been fine every since. She had been getting ready to have many people over for Thanksgiving dinner and we wondered how much the stress was affecting her and whether her pancreas got inflamed as a warning to do less. She took the warning and has cut back to just do twice as much as any normal person.

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Pancreatitis can be caused by a number of things including alcohol abuse, sensitivity to high blood pressure meds like hydrochlorothiazide (in my case) and LASIX also for blob pressure. Also too much fat and sugar in the diet. Anyway, I won't be sipping any spirits this year

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Old 01-01-2013, 05:28 PM   #71
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24" stakes in the ground with ratcheted ties downs - hopefully will save it from any winter winds that may blow.
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24" stakes in the ground with ratcheted ties downs - hopefully will save it from any winter winds that may blow.
Now I feel better about that. Hope you're getting better.

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Old 01-05-2013, 08:12 PM   #73
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Just found your thread....I'm a newbee

Love what you have done so far.....I was just thinking how hard it would be to cover up such a great looking frame.

Hope you get well soon.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:21 PM   #74
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Spring Is Finally Here!!!

All together now... "Wow....what a long Winter!!!....Glad it's coming to an end!!"

Last week we were shoveling the white stuff here in Minneapolis. This week, it will hit the 70s. In a couple more weeks, it will probably be in the 90's with miserable humidity. Ah...Minnesota!

I feel like I'm way behind schedule already... haven't been able to do a single thing with the Trade Wind since it started snowing 6 months ago! I have so much work to do....just need to get started. Unfortunately, had a couple of bad falls over the winter...and a shoulder issue. So, I'm going to have to start off slow.

After getting the frame back from the welder / sandblaster / painter late last season, my only option was to tarp it and the flooring material and wait for Spring. So I'm looking forward to tearing off the tarps and letting the sub-floor material dry out...so I can get started on cutting the new sub-floor.

And it will be time to get started on the seams, window and door seals...etc. So much to do....

More to come soon.....
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Need any help, let us know! We're busy the next week and a half, but could spare a day or so after that if you need it.


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It's good to see another major project in Minnesota. This weekend should bring some warmer weather. I'll drop a note next time we're west of the cities.
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Very cool. Hope we can meet up and trade horror stories soon!
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:20 PM   #78
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I find I know just enough to get me into very deep trouble. LOL
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:07 AM   #79
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Help with Sub-Floor Width?

Before the snow started flying last year, I started to cut out a new sub-floor for my '72 Trade Wind 25 ft. The old floor had to be taken out in pieces and was pretty rotten around the edges. I did the best that I could to piece it back together to get a very rough outline of the front piece (curve and width). I estimated that the width of the sub-floor should over-hang the frame by approximately 1/2 inch.

Well, today I started work on the project again (after a very long winter). I placed the front piece that I had cut last Fall on supports and tried to fit it into the shell to see how it fit before continuing with the rest of the floor. Unfortunately, the width of the shell at the first vertical spar appears to be several inches wider than the planned/estimated width of the sub-floor. This may be because as I was lifting the shell off the frame last Fall, the shell shifted on me, and I nearly had a roll-over. I hastily constructed some internal bracing...and that bracing may be artificially widening the shell. I am at a loss as to how to recover from this.

So, the question is: Does anyone know what the width of the sub-floor should be? How far the sub-floor should over hang the frame?

I sure would appreciate any input anyone may have....before I start doing desperate things

Please feel free to private me...or I will be checking back for responses.

Thanks!
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Chris says we cut 4 inches off of each 8ft wide sheet of plywood and ran the sheets crosswise on the trailer. Center on the frame and you should be good. Use the cut-offs as gussets glued and screwed under the seams. We don't remember how much the overhang is. The C channel sits on the outside edge of the outriggers. Hopefully that helps.
If not, PM us and we'll come visit you!

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