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RE: Good morning - maki2 - 10-31-2019

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Yawn, I had to get up before daylight this morning. Of course that does not mean all that early at this time of year, still dark at 7 am. Went over to the welder's shop to see my newly built trailer frame, he is one of those get an early start on the day men. The frame looks great, he is a real master welder, and it is super strong but not overly heavy. Made with 2 x 3 for the primary framing rather than 2 x 2 of the original frame. This one won't have trouble with the tongue getting bent. The angle of the frame close to the tongue now has extra reinforcement to keep it nice and stable. As soon as the little bit of overcast clears off it will be rolled outside and I will go back over there and put on a coat of primer. Then it will go back inside before dark. If it is dry enough tomorrow I will go back and put on a coat of satin black.

He is in an older commercial building in the industrial area. He does vintage car restoration for fun. The whole length of the building has the floor covered in steel plate that has an heat treated oil finish on it. Quite the shop space! I am very fortunate woman to have his assistance in making it possible for me to fix up my fixer trailer.


RE: Good morning - travelaround - 10-31-2019

Nice frame, Maki - that ought to do it. Seems things are falling in place gradually this year.

Just bought blackout curtains from Amazon and put one over the trailer's window, then stepped outside. Wow... the light inside was totally blocked. You cannot tell there's anything going on inside - and that's with only one layer of blackout curtain. I'll be using these to make the insulated curtains for my van.

Halloween is happening. There was a children's parade today and my son invited me over to a party he put together for his friends and a few moms. Lots of children visiting for trick or treat candy... that was fun.

House purchase . . . I don't know. Real estate agent didn't get a response from the seller today. I hope he didn't already sell it to someone else. Maybe we'll hear something tomorrow.


RE: Good morning - maki2 - 11-02-2019

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So nice to wake up this morning to the minor miracle of having a brand new frame sitting right next to my travel trailer. I decided it was an event worth documenting with a quick overhead photo taken from the upstairs walkway. Not high enough for a full aerial shot of the whole travel trailer. But next week I will get some interesting photos at the boat yard as they pick the shell up in a sling and transfer it over to the new frame. Too bad I don't own a drone with a camera, that would be a fun thing to film.


RE: Good morning - bullfrog - 11-02-2019

I used a long wooden 4x4 jacked up sitting on blocks across the front and rolled the trailer underneath the camper and it worked pretty well. To get off the old trailer I unbolted the camper then I put supports under the rear of the camper with the tongue jack fully down, then cranked the tongue jack fully up and put the 4x4 on blocks under the front of the camper, lowered the tongue jack till the trailer was level and with the smaller wheels and tires I had put on was able to roll out the old trailer and roll in the new one, then just reversed the process.


RE: Good morning - crofter - 11-02-2019

(11-02-2019, 12:34 PM)bullfrog Wrote:  I used a long wooden 4x4  jacked up sitting on blocks across the front and rolled the trailer underneath the camper and it worked pretty well.  To get off the old trailer I unbolted the camper then I put supports under the rear of the camper with the tongue jack fully down, then cranked the tongue jack fully up and put the 4x4 on blocks under the front of the camper,  lowered the tongue jack till the trailer was level and with the smaller wheels and tires I had put on was able to roll out the old trailer and roll in the new one, then just reversed the process.
So I suppose that makes you a jack of all trades, tee hee. We tried your method with a shed years ago, and I will never forget the slo motion descent of the shed, then it hit and all the siding fell off. It was just a dent though, shed is still in use and no one was hurt when one of the jacks shot out from under it.     ~crofter


RE: Good morning - maki2 - 11-02-2019

(11-02-2019, 12:34 PM)bullfrog Wrote:  I used a long wooden 4x4  jacked up sitting on blocks across the front and rolled the trailer underneath the camper and it worked pretty well.  To get off the old trailer I unbolted the camper then I put supports under the rear of the camper with the tongue jack fully down, then cranked the tongue jack fully up and put the 4x4 on blocks under the front of the camper,  lowered the tongue jack till the trailer was level and with the smaller wheels and tires I had put on was able to roll out the old trailer and roll in the new one, then just reversed the process.
I do know how to do the transfer with jacks and blocks, beams and engineering stacks and have those items. But I weighed all the other factors that are part of making decisions, and felt that letting the boat yard do the lift was a sensible choice given our ages, temporary physical limitations, time constraints, etc. The boat yard is just a few blocks away from me and their special rates for off season have started. It won't take long at all for them to slide the straps around, pick it up and set it back down on the new trailer. We will have removed all the bolts except for one in the front and one in the back as there is no risk of moving it that way over such a such distance.


RE: Good morning - bullfrog - 11-02-2019

Don't let them scratch it, it is way to nice looking! Good luck, hope everything goes well.


RE: Good morning - Dean and Buster - 11-05-2019

Hi dwellers getting colder here in Missouri


RE: Good morning - crofter - 11-05-2019

Howdy Dean & Buster! Good to hear from you. Nice day here in OR, 60's and a few clouds. I am taking a rest day today, I seem to need more of those. I did the budget today and found that I am over (again). Financial wizardry seems more difficult to do when you are not sposed to be working.    ~crofter


RE: Good morning - B and C - 11-05-2019

Hi Dean. I was wondering where you went. Glad you're back. My world is still SOS but the weather is getting a lot better.