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Old 05-10-2017, 07:23 PM   #15
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Luckily, we had NO trouble getting our carriage bolts off! Aren't we special?


Seems the ones that weren't entirely rusted through were 3/4 rusted trough and broke off easily when Paul put pressure on them. Surprise!


We're lucky we made it home with a shell on that trailer frame!


Sounds like you're doing some good innovating and we know how much work can be involved!


Our applause for your efforts! A camper cover sounds like a great solution--chances are, strong wind won't blow it apart!


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Old 05-10-2017, 07:41 PM   #16
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You were lucky we have been fighting for 3 days trying to get our bolts off. Question, did you cut the floor where they fiberglassed it in? We were doing that and I accidentally poked a hole through the fiberglass so now I am a little gun shy... The cover has worked well, we had a storm last weekend that had over 50 mph winds and it stayed dry!
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Old 05-11-2017, 04:56 PM   #17
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If you're talking about the carriage bolts that hold the body to the frame (8 of 'em on mine) then I just cut them off from the bottom side using an electric 4" angle grinder.

On the topside there was a thin layer of fiberglass cloth on top of the plywood about 4" - 6" around the perimeter on the front lower level and that did cover the tops of the carriage bolts. I'm guessing they thought that would help waterproof the plywood.......didn't work on mine anyway. That may be the fiberglass you spoke of breaking thru trying to remove the bolts?
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Old 05-11-2017, 05:18 PM   #18
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Yes, the fiberglass that they put on the wood to like you said attempt to waterproof the wood, which didn't happen with mine either. Did you just cut it out? I have successfully got half of the carriage bolts off now, I cut them and it was pretty easy once i stopped trying to take them off as if they weren't rusted...
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Yes, we cut that fiberglassed area around the walls; we were going to have to patch holes with fiberglass resin anyway, so poking another hole here and there was no big. We ended up filling over 82 holes, so what's one more?


Agreed, no point thinking those nuts were going to screw off the bolts--they weren't. Paul bought stainless steel replacements and we slathered them with beeswax before installing them (we learned a toilet ring is made of beeswax--works great for bolts and screws in the belly band, around windows, etc.) we had plenty from one new toilet ring--still have plenty.) the beeswax keeps the wood (behind the fiberglass) from absorbing moisture.


Just one more little step on the road to finished.


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My plywood floors were rotted so it all had to come out. I cut the fiberglass on top of the plywood right at the outer edge of the floor with a thin cut off wheel. I left enough of a fiberglass lip (1/2" - 3/4") to bond the new plywood to it at the old installed height.

Here's what my mess looked like under the vinyl tile.

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Ok great, that is what we are doing, we have left a little lip to put the new wood under too, its great to have your experience, makes me feel like I'm going in the right direction, its very much appreciated!!! We don't have a lot of holes, one bright light! There are only 2 which we did while we were cutting the floor out
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:28 PM   #22
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Had a productive week, the Amerigo was cleaned, new floor laid, cut the new pieces for the door frame and stained them, sanded and stained the wood work for the old cabintry. Also started working on running all new electrical, very excited Click image for larger version

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Old 05-29-2017, 06:48 PM   #23
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Looks like you've made great progress since your last post!

I'm amazed you were able to reuse any of the wall panels. About every one of mine were like wet noodles as they had de-laminated.
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Yes, we cut that fiberglassed area around the walls; we were going to have to patch holes with fiberglass resin anyway, so poking another hole here and there was no big. We ended up filling over 82 holes, so what's one more?


Agreed, no point thinking those nuts were going to screw off the bolts--they weren't. Paul bought stainless steel replacements and we slathered them with beeswax before installing them (we learned a toilet ring is made of beeswax--works great for bolts and screws in the belly band, around windows, etc.) we had plenty from one new toilet ring--still have plenty.) the beeswax keeps the wood (behind the fiberglass) from absorbing moisture.


Just one more little step on the road to finished.


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You should be using a product known as "anti-seize" on the stainless fasteners. You can purchase it at any hardware or auto parts store. You will only need a small tube of it for the amount of fasteners on a little travel trailer. That is the correct product to use to prevent the "galling". The wax from toilet rings is not a suitable long term solution. Stick to the professional products used in the mechanical fastener industry that have been long since proven to be reliable. It will also cost less than a wax ring for a toilet and is not nearly as messy or difficult to store
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Looks like you've made great progress since your last post!



I'm amazed you were able to reuse any of the wall panels. About every one of mine were like wet noodles as they had de-laminated.


Thanks, we have been stealing the old paneling from the places that were not ravaged by water to do the faces of the kitchen/fridge closets and putting up new board for the other walls that will be painted a yellow/orange color that matches the original paneling. It's been a crazy puzzle
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Hi Skpcat, great photos, looks eerily familiar (wonder why?) and good progress, thanks for the update!


Reminds me at this point of some things we'd do differently IF we were doing it over--which I hope we never have to do.


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Old 06-12-2017, 07:33 AM   #28
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Got a ton done this weekend, We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Got all of the plumbing in and tested, almost all of the electrical is done, and all of the benches are framed in!!!
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