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Old 06-18-2017, 07:05 AM   #141
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Your photo work is a real help to me, as well as seeing your persistence pay off. Thank you for documenting it so well.

Now where are those almost finished interior photos? Inquiring minds and all...
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Old 06-18-2017, 07:26 AM   #142
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Ah Ah! I limit the number of interior pictures and what is seen on them on purpose! ;-)
As I said, still a few things to do inside and out, and once everything is done, I'll have a full set of interior and exterior pictures!
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:04 AM   #143
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I'll grab some popcorn and candy, and wait for the show to start!
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:13 PM   #144
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When I bought the trailer, it came with 2 new tires, but the spare was the original F78-14 tire from 1981! The rubber was dry and hard as concrete!
Got a new spare now, I just needed to mount it somewhere.

Last spring I installed an access door on the back of the trailer to access some interior storage space. My plan was to mount my spare tire on a folding mount, to keep access to the rear storage.

But then I saw that some trailers have the spare mounted *under* the trailer, with a "tire winch", just like many SUVs and pickup trucks now have. RV tire winches are available for purchase. Out of sight, out of the way: I liked that!



My trailer doesn't have a very high ground clearance compared to most recent RVs (where you need to climb 5 steps to get aboard!) but I took some measurements, and the only place where I could hang a spare under the trailer was behind the axle. Actually, behind the first crossmember behind the axle.

I made careful measurements, checked the departure angles from the rear bumper to the wheels, made the same calculations assuming a flat tire (as the trailer would obviously sit lower), and came to the conclusion that it would be safe to mount a tire under the trailer at this location, and it would never hit the ground before the rear bumper would, unless I drive over an enormously large speed bump, or board a ferry with an unusually steep slip, all situations that I can't see happen.

The floor of my trailer is made of 5/8 plywood, can support my own weight without any concern (I weight about 3 times the weight of the spare) so floor strenght is not an issue.

So I considered the whole project again, and decided to go for it.

And to simplify things, instead or using a tire winch, I just used a 8" long, 1/2" galvanized steel bolt. The bolt is inserted from below, and the only visible thing in the trailer is the tip of this bolt and the nut that holds it, which is accessible in the storage space under the bed. My welder (my Dad!) made me a bracket that goes in the spare tire hub, prevents the bolt from spinning, and has a spring that keeps the tire firmly against the underside of the trailer (just like a tire winch has).

Here's the bracket. I painted it black, then coated it with some light grease to protect it from corrosion.





Here's the bracket in the spare tire's rim:



A few pictures of the spare under the trailer:





Need the spare? Simply remove this nut, the spare will drop down. This nut is not visible unless you crawl under the bed. The nut rests on a lock washer, then 2in washer, then a piece a stainless steel sheet, to spread the load.


I sure like the clean look of the rear without the spare:

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Old 06-18-2017, 08:21 PM   #145
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Just a suggestion. Run some flexible wire (like bicycle brake cable) through the tire and out to a spot on the rear bumper. You know the day you need that spare, it will be raining, and the high side will be in a puddle. Give yourself something to pull it out from under the trailer.
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:24 PM   #146
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Good idea! Thanks!
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:40 AM   #147
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Now it was time to install the new flooring.

When we bought the trailer 2 years ago, the flooring was made of old stick-on tiles. Many tiles had started to lift, they were not very good looking, and since I wanted to inspect the plywood under, we took all the old tiles off.

The plan was to eventually install some Trafficmaster Allure vinyl flooring. They're easy to install, not too expensive, and look pretty good. I helped my brother put some in his cabin, it looked very nice.

One day about 2 years ago, shortly after we bought the trailer, we came across a good deal on some vinyl tiles at our local Home Depot. They were 4mm thick, 12" X 24" vinyl "click" tiles.

4mm is thicker - and heavier - than what I planned to use. But the price was so good I couldn't pass them. Color was right too, dark gray (charcoal) which according to my chief decorator (my wife!) would look very nice in our trailer.

So we bought them, they were on final sale and we got them at less than $60 for 2 packs (they normally sell just under $80 per pack).

So this was 2 years ago. At that moment, we were not ready to install them as we were just starting the reno project, but the time came last week.

When we bought the trailer, there was a small wood trim all around the tiles (just a quarter round actually), some of it was missing, or damaged, so we took it all off with the old tiles. Now I needed some trim or moulding to replace them and cover the small gap at the edges of my new tiles. I was looking for something other than wood. I didn't feel like cutting tiny quarter rounds, sand them, then stain them, etc.

Instead, I went with some 1/2" aluminium angle. Not expensive, very lightweight, easy to cut, resistant, don't need paint, they will last forever and they will look good. I use small countersink screws to attach them to the base of the walls, they are not screwed onto the tile as the floor is floating.

So here are a few pictures:















Now the curtains are pretty much the last thing that's left to do inside. And we've started this job last weekend. Pictures to come!
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I actually just bought the same flooring for my trailer at HD in Wpg a few weeks ago. I was surprised to hear your story since they still seem to be "on sale" at this point. But I was thrilled to get flooring that seems it will be impervious to water and easy to keep clean for such a good price. Nice to see that you are happy with it and it looks good,
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