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Old 12-01-2012, 12:12 PM   #29
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I use rubber belting for applications like this.
I've got some that was thrown away at the local mill...if one's in farm country, farmers go through quite a bit of it, too. One can also buy small quantities online. Most is wider than an inch, but can of course be cut with a utility knife



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Old 12-01-2012, 12:19 PM   #30
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Baler belt was going to be my suggestion. It will outlast mudflaps, even used belting will, IMHO.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:42 PM   #31
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Thank goodness for farmers.

I agree this rubberized belting would also work. All you need to do is to spread the load slightly in the vicinity of the body to frame bolt.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:29 PM   #32
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Welcome to the site Andrew. It is so exciting for us all to watch a project in progress. As was said previously, any thing you need help with or answers too, you will find here. Some of the most knowledgable people I have ever encountered. Dont get discouraged, you will have an amazing RV when you are finished. Just take it slow and easy. Keep the photos coming and good luck from California, USA
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:04 AM   #33
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so its been a while since i have done anything on my trailer. my wife would rather have her car in our garage over the winter than the trailer.

I have finished the frame, and about to attach the shell to the frame. just wanted to know what people thought is the best way to attach the two together?

the frame is not all a round tube frame, some of it is a square frame and u-channel.

i was thinking just using metal screws instead of bolts, any thoughts or comments are always welcome on what i should do

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Old 03-07-2013, 10:13 AM   #34
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I replaced the Fiber Stream 5/16" carriage bolts with stainless steel elevator bolts, lock washers, and nuts. This worked very well for me. Elevator bolts are essentially carriage bolts with a large, flat, 1" diameter head.

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Old 03-07-2013, 10:20 AM   #35
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I replaced the Fiber Stream 5/16" carriage bolts with stainless steel elevator bolts, lock washers, and nuts. This worked very well for me. Elevator bolts are essentially carriage bolts with a large, flat, 1" diameter head.

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+1 on elevator bolts.

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Old 03-07-2013, 10:24 AM   #36
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Trillium bodies are bolted through the frame with a large washer on the inside of the body and a washer, lock washer and nut on the outside. I would think that a bolt would be more secure, less likely to come loose, and better able to be cinched tight than a screw. my 2 cents worth.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:46 AM   #37
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i was thinking bolts but when i took apart a popup trailer for the frame it was just screwed together.

bolts it is then
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:27 AM   #38
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I had the bolts on my trailer installed with the nut on the inside. That way rust would be less of a problem. It almost made putting the porta-potty in it's garage impossible. I had to cut the bolt off flush with the nut.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:34 AM   #39
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when I replaced the rusted away original elevator bolts in the floor of our Uhaul I used 5/16 bolts instead of the original 1/4" size. And instead of elevator bolts I used a grade 5 bolt with a large fender washer against the floor, flat washer and lock washer against the frame.
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:41 PM   #40
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Use bolts. At some point someone will want to unscrew things again.

I used stainless steel bolts, but I ran into problems with metal seizing. See:
Stainless steel bolts seizing up ...

Switched to galvanized. Due to cost and availability issues, I ended up using regular hex bolt heads and a large fender washer.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:02 PM   #41
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here is what the original frame looked liked. a few holes
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:13 PM   #42
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the axle was just cut out.

this is just something to pass some time and have some fun. i wasn't too particular about being original and decided to buy a damaged popup trailer and use the frame as it was really close in size and came with a axle.

i had to narrow it by about 4" on each side. I went to a muffler shop to make the curve section at the back. I also weld a bumper at the back of the frame for protection and i will be able mount a the spare tire rack
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