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RE: Good morning - maki2 - 11-05-2019

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We did end up jacking up the trailer to transfer it onto the new frame after all. The photo shows it at the stage with the new frame  rolled under the shell but the shell still up on the jacks and long timber beams.

What happened was that my friend lifted it up on  jacks enough to slide some shims between the frame and the shell so the boatyard could slide in the straps. But during that process the frame started fracturing apart at the front end. Too risky to tow it that way even for a few blocks. Not an unhappy ending though as my friend had a great afternoon playing with big screw jacks and hydraulic jacks and engineering stacks. He said "this is the kind of work I love". At least I did not end up feeling guilty about the extra labor hours.

I rented four large bottle screw jacks to supplement our 2 hydraulic bottle jacks and bought 2 pieces of timber that are 8' long 4 x 6. I had already accumulated other various off cuts of lumber from a construction site for use on this project. The transfer is not quite done, we ran out of daylight. So still to come aligning the new frame with the shell and then bolts need to go in. But it is a whole lot closer to having it rolling down the road again.


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

Glad you were able to keep your fingers and not scratch the camper! It really used to be fun to solve problems with a few timbers and a hydraulic jack, now it is more fun to watch! You may find it easier to raise up the trailer to start the bolts. It was easier to move the trailer than the camper in my case.


RE: Good morning - maki2 - 11-06-2019

(11-05-2019, 11:31 PM)bullfrog Wrote:  Glad you were able to keep your fingers and not scratch the camper!  It really used to be fun to solve problems with a few timbers and a hydraulic jack, now it is more fun to watch!  You may find it easier to raise up the trailer to start the bolts.  It was easier to move the trailer than the camper in my case.
The new bolts are not going to be difficult. Only the center rear bolt is in the original location acting as the king pin centering location. Don turned a taper on a foot long length of steel rod and put a cross pin so it does not slip down too far and a handle at the top of the rod so it is easy to put in and remove it. That will allow the shell to be at the right location at the rear and then pivot on the pin for centering the front side to side. All the rest of the new bolt holes were pre-drilled into the frame. So that just means going underneath and using a drill in those holes to go up through the fiberglass shell and on through the plywood subfloor.  Don is a professional product designer who has been making all kinds of things all of his life. I am a former assembly and fabrication mechanic and was a lead at Boeing. We are both experienced with thinking like engineers and working with lots of tools Smile


RE: Good morning - maki2 - 11-06-2019

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RE: Good morning - maki2 - 11-06-2019

Hoping every one has a great day. It will be sunny here in Seattle. It has been a record breaking weather pattern this last few weeks. The longest stretch of fall sunny days in a row in more than 100 years! I have been grateful to have every one of those sunny days for working on my build.
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I know that many people who come into this forum are just getting started on learning how to use various tools and how to build things. But my life has been very different than that of other women my age (70). I got started using tools and building complex things at a young age. This photo was taken 40 years ago when I was working on a far more complex build than doing an interior on a van or travel trailer. This was at Boeing in Seattle where I was one of the "development prover mechanics" working on the mockup for the extended version of the 757. The boss had a list list of stuff that needed to be fabricated and installed. We got the blue print, went to the area where materials were stored, sheet metal, aluminum angle, wood, fiberglass etc. Got the materials, went back to the bench and fabricated the parts they wanted. The parts used on a mock-up had to be within three one hundreths tolerance which of course felt like an eigyh of an inch when you are used to working in tolerances of a thousandth of an inch.

Mock-up was great fun, I got to learn how to use brake presses for bending metal, and there was a woodshop too. I had always wanted to become a woodworker so I got to be professional training on the use of tablesaws, bandsaws, jointers, planers, routers, etc. That was also where I had a chance to learn how to use fiberglass cloth and resin. Over the years I worked on 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777 and even a little work on interior parts for the 787 for a sub contractor making parts for Boeing. When I was on layoff in 1983 I was working for another company doing a custom interior in a 747 for one of the princes in the middle east. But it was always the most fun to work on remodeling my own houses or to build large custom birdhouses I made for use on estates.


RE: Good morning - travelaround - 11-06-2019

Fascinating.. thanks for sharing that with us Maki.. I can see now where you're getting , or got, all the useful information you've posted on the forum over the months I've known you here.

I'm awake.. good morning. I may be going back into sticks and bricks for the winter. I've been offered a furnished converted garage with a wood stove and wifi.. something pretty much essential for winters in this town. Moving in there will give me more room in my van and cargo trailer to continue with conversion efforts.


RE: Good morning - maki2 - 11-06-2019

A converted garage with a woodstove and wifi! That and a van with a cargo trailer for some part time adventures is a great lifestyle.


RE: Good morning - 1shemp - 11-06-2019

Woodheat and wifi.You have the basics covered.


RE: Good morning - bullfrog - 11-06-2019

Be careful about making it too comfortable or you will end up with visitors!!!


RE: Good morning - travelaround - 11-06-2019

Visitors! How scary!! LOL . . . my daughter wants to move here too... hope she finds a nice rental. She's been living in a school bus for a couple years and wants to get out of it and gut it so they can start a new build.