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Old 08-20-2015, 02:08 PM   #15
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On Scamp the belly band is just ornamental. It is an aluminum channel that covers the lip along the edges of the top and bottom half of the egg but does not really provide any structural value or seal. On Scamp the seal is the fiberglass on the inside that joins the two halves. Top and bottom.

Might be where you got your original idea from since What you started out with was more along the lines of what one could do on a scamp.
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Old 08-20-2015, 02:10 PM   #16
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Between pro and DIY there is the friends and family resource AND some community colleges will have a good student they can recommend for the project. Might be worth checking there.

Know some folks that head for an art student when they wanted to do decorations for kids rooms, turned out to be inexpensive and good work.
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Old 08-20-2015, 02:54 PM   #17
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I'll bet you're right RD -- bet I did get some of my ideas from Scamp posts.

I was in fact thinking of resources like you suggest in your second post. Maybe I can be someone's graduation project! I will check. Thank you
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Old 08-20-2015, 05:45 PM   #18
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Colleen, If you come by Calgary, I will let you practice on one of my trailers. I will even demonstrate. Good motivation to get back to work on the fleet.

It took me about a week to do it to the point where it was structurally sound, but I would let you go at one of my trailers till you felt comfortable with the process. Bring your own bunny suit, (disposable coveralls). I have gloves, goggles, and masks.

You can park your trailer in my driveway, or back yard, I have a big back yard.
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Old 08-20-2015, 05:51 PM   #19
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Be cautious, Colleen. I have been in Dave's back yard, and I think he lures people with trailers in there, and the trailers never leave. I think this is how he got so many.
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Be cautious, Colleen. I have been in Dave's back yard, and I think he lures people with trailers in there, and the trailers never leave. I think this is how he got so many.
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Old 08-20-2015, 06:53 PM   #21
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JIM! There you go giving away all my secrets.

JOKE! No dead bodies. It is a rather large grouping of Trilliums though. Two in the driveway, and four in the back yard.

I have cleaned up a bit since you visited Jim. All the 1300's are now under the tent, and only one 4500 outside. The other two 4500's are still in the driveway.
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Old 08-20-2015, 07:12 PM   #22
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Dave,
You mentioned in post #10 "Forget about the metal plates, unless they fall out on their own. "
Did you actually just filled the crack with Bondo, leaving some or most plates in place?
I am contemplating an eventual belly band removal on my 'new to me' 5500. The band is still in place but has a silicone seal all around applied by the previous owner. I can see bumps where the metal plates are and probably have swollen due to rust, but they are very shallow and barely visible (you have to look at the right angle to see anything).

My plan would be to pull out these plates one by one like many have done here (there must be a lot of them on a 5500...), then fill the crack with short strand Bondo, sand level, and repaint. But if one can just leave them in, and Bondo/sand over them, that would save a lot of work.
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Old 08-20-2015, 07:20 PM   #23
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The metal plates are flush with the inside surface of the shell. If you just Bondo over them, I doubt they will be a problem.

Removing them was not too tough though. I cut them in half with a Dremmel with a cut off wheel. Then pulled them out from one side, then the other, like rotten teeth. It took less then 4 hours, on a 4500, but I burnt out my cheep Dremmel.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:09 PM   #24
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I've been invited to Trillium Heaven!! If me and the old Ford make it all across Canada, which I hear is kinda big, I will visit Dave with wings on. But I'll leave a trail of busted rivets behind so they can find me. Just in case.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:16 PM   #25
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Ok , so I'll try to get them off first, and if some are too hard to remove I'll just leave them in there.
The trailer is leaking somewhere, as I found water in 3 corners. But I'll start with the most obvious (windows and roof vents) and see from there.
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I've been invited to Trillium Heaven!! If me and the old Ford make it all across Canada, which I hear is kinda big, I will visit Dave with wings on. But I'll leave a trail of busted rivets behind so they can find me. Just in case.
Across Canada? I am in Calgary. I have driven to Seattle to pick-up parts, twice. 12 hours of road time, max:
Went to Seattle to pick up cushions

Colleen, I just took a look at your public profile. Is that a 1300, or a 4500 you have? It looks like you have a 14" vent, which makes me think 1977 4500.

Attached is a picture of "Heaven". This was before the end of the worst vacation ever:
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So there are only 5 trailers in my yard. Can you find all 5? Ah, it's a trick question. One is completely hidden by the tent. One is just sticking out under the tent. But, you can see my wife's bus.
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Old 08-21-2015, 02:46 PM   #27
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Across Canada? I am in Calgary. I have driven to Seattle to pick-up parts, twice. 12 hours of road time, max.

Colleen, I just took a look at your public profile. Is that a 1300, or a 4500 you have? It looks like you have a 14" vent, which makes me think 1977 4500.

Attached is a picture of "Heaven". This was before the end of the worst vacation ever:
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So there are only 5 trailers in my yard. Can you find all 5? Ah, it's a trick question. One is completely hidden by the tent. One is just sticking out under the tent. But, you can see my wife's bus.
My Trilly is a 1980 1300 that I paid too much for. But live and learn. Your compound there really does look like Trillium heaven to me .. the little trailers have habitat, shelter, and others of their own kind. It also looks like you have ROOM to work which I have precious little of. My garage door is too small and my garage too filled with all manner of crap to ever get my Trilly in there. My driveway just fits her. We can't park it on the street without the local constabulary swooping down with tickets. So, as much as I am a Trillium hoarder at heart, I will need to limit myself to my own 13 feet. Also, as bad as I am at geography, I was aware of the general location of Calgary, but my mind is just so preoccupied with my post-retirement cross Canada journey to PEI I think all of Canada is 3500 miles away. Heck, you're within spitting distance.

What are you and your wife planning for the bus? Maybe a bed and breakfast?
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Old 08-21-2015, 02:57 PM   #28
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my mods

A few more pics of my trailer to show some mods. The original awning got ripped to shreds in a gust of Utah wind, popped the rivets right off the roof. So I bought an EZ awning from Bus Depot and some adhesive studs from Sailright for attachment. I'll also include pictures of a bed extension platform I made that folds up for daytime storage and fits in a pocket under the permanent bed platform. (We have a small dinette in the front we keep up all the time.) So my main mods other than the front window fix, are door rehanging (I'll include pics of my home-made "hinge hatches"), new awning, bed extension, and a few other etceteras. What I need to do now is some exterior clean and shine, and actual camping in the darn thing.
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