Monday, April 16, 2018

Post #8 - More Chassis work

Update on the Chassis work we've been doing this past week.  Joe created hangers for the black pipe I'm using for the Propane lines alongside the trailer, and welded them to the curb side of the chassis. Joe got the safety chains and new spring mounts welded on to the frame and the springs attached to the axle.  I wired the new brakes, and I'm waiting for the junction box I ordered to arrive to finish that part of the wiring process.  I also purchased a breakaway switch from e-trailer and will get that attached too after it arrives. We finally found the number on the bearings and race/cup so we've gotten those ordered too.
We got the area on the tongue for the battery, and propane tanks prepped & they have been installed and painted.  Then I primed, painted and mounted the step, plus primed & painted the  chassis too, so it's ready to go.  Once we get the new bearings, breakaway switch and junction box in next week and installed, I can go back to prepping the framework for the floor and side walls, etc.  Here are a few photos.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Poat #7 Frames - metal & wood.

So the past week has been spent putzing with the chassis frame, planning on how to rebuild the subfloor(belly pan) and under floor framework, & repairing the street side framework. We've been waiting for new brakes, springs and other parts to arrive from Amazon and Etrailer before we tackle any more welding projects (Pick them up tomorrow).  I've included a few photos of the aluminum belly pan - one showing the birth date of the trailer, and the other showing a huge rip.

For the subfloor/belly pan we decided to use 1/2" plywood and to add 3" to the width for added stability and waterproofing. . That way the framework for the side walls will rest upon it when they get attached to the floor framework. The floor framework is all cut out to the same dimensions as the original plus a few extra supports every two feet. I numbered them in sequence and set them aside for later, as I'm not quite ready to assemble it.  It is too cold and damp to paint the metal frame, or use undercoating on anything right now.

I used the subfloor to lay out the street side framework (skin side out) to start repairing  and replacing the rotten edges and split parts of the frame. Plus I took the opportunity to add supports. I reconfigured the electrical inlet area, and under the bathroom window where I plan on putting a tiny sink. I also added some extra support over the large window in the front because I may be adding a bunk bed or shelf support to that area.  I managed to get two curbing strips glued together, bent and attached to the front but, it's really too cold here to glue stuff together yet, so the rest of the curbing strips will have to wait until it hits 55 degrees.  I still have lots of work to do on the other side too, which needs to be sanded, the old paneling remnants taken off, and remove more pin nails & staples.

The top photo shows what Joe did today - which is to say he removed the old breaks, springs and axle so we could be ready when the new ones arrive tomorrow.

One step forward at a time...and occasionally a few steps back .

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Post #7 - Update & snow

Not a a lot has happened in the past two days except a little welding on the frame.  Husband added supports across the frame from each of the brackets holing the scissor jacks and a piece where the drain for the old black water tank used to be. Work has kind of halted due to another 4-5" of snow that fell during the past few days. Next week is supposed to warm up quite a bit, so I hope to start prepping the frame for painting. (dates on my camera are wrong.)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Post #6 - chasis update

This is where we are to date: March 22, 2018 - everything has been removed - and we're down to the floor and trailer frame.  We have rewelded the frame were needed,  added mounts for scissor jacks, and will be adding structural support where necessary in the next few days.  Every time I turn around I think of something I have to purchase so I can continue with the build.  Had to by primer and paint for the trailer frame, new vents for the fridge so I know what size of holes to create in the wooden 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" framework of the sides and roof...

Post #5 - good things

Things I did like about this trailer when I purchased her: She has a bumper with a spare tire holder, and hitch mount, room for a refrigerator ( I had to buy one since it had none. It has a porch light, range. sink, bathroom with an overhead cabinet, fan over the range and two vents. I will not be reusing the toilet - thinking of building a toilet spot with a removable bucket, and adding a tiny sink in the bathroom. The hitch has a space for a battery and two propane tanks, and she has brakes.

Post #4 - skin off

Once all the skin was off I numbered and measured the distance between the wrap supports - (I call them ribs), removing the framework around the vents to keep as reference to rebuild, and started removing the paneling inside and taking the whole thing apart, down to the floor. You can see the porcupine effect from the pin nails they used to attach the blue flooring to the roof in the last photo. 

Post #3: Rot & mold

Once the demolition started I couldn't stop until she was completely naked. As more skin was remove I could see how extensive the rot was around the edges of the trailer. I think the belly pan captured moisture and created the rot along the edges of the framework and floor. The edge of the soundproofing underlayment was black with rot, as well as the bottom, front, and back edges of the framework. I was pleasantly surprised that most of the side framework would be reusable. The curbing is made of strips of 1/4" plywood glued and nailed together over the curves and 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" boards for the rest of the frame work. We ripped 2" X 4"s down to use as replacement framework. Some of the photos are of the rot found in the perimeter of the wooden framework. The curb side was more affected than the street side because of the fridge vents. This trailer was built with with the paneling layered over the 1.5" curbing and under 3/4" curbing with the (ribs) nailed into the 1.5" curbing. I plan on following Larry's (Mobiltec) method of going to the outside edge with the (ribs) and filling in between with the curbing to give the skin a more solid base to staple/screw into.I was pleasantly surprised that most of the side framework would be reusable.