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Old 05-08-2011, 09:13 PM   #71
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Hi Rick: Finally got around to getting some pics of my B15. Hope I get them posted OK. As far as I can tell, the unit is much like yours. It had no fridge so I'll need to find one. The pics will tell a lot. I have had to totally gut it.
I also have a whole list of questions. I don't want to take up all your time, but your answers could be very helpful to me.

I'll list my questions before I try the Pic posting.
1. Where did you get the Bluwood?? no one here has heard of it.
2. What dimensions did you use for the floor?? 1 x 3" (3/4 x 2 1/2) ?
3.When you cut a board, how did you reseal the cut ends?
4. When rebuilding, did you leave the furnace out. On you pics, it looks like you did.
5. Did you change the table/bed arrangement from lengthwise to crosswise?
6. The aluminum foam sounds like a great idea. Where did you purchase it and what is the cost?
7. Note on the pics, my B15 sits very high. The torsion axle has been changed to a sprung axle. I need to lower it at least 6 inches. Does your unit still have the torsion axle? If yes, does it have a number. What is the weight capacity and what is the starting angle?? I have been told by an RV shop to just get a 6" drop axle and install it upside down. Unless it was specially built, wouldn't that make the camber angle wrong? Also, a sprung axle needs to be mounted 5 - 6 inches further back than a torsion axle which has a 6" arm. Does this not move the fulcrum point back and therefore put more weight on the TV hitch?? A drop axle would be considerably less costly.
Thanks again for your help, and if anyone else out there can shed light on these matters I would be pleased to hear from you.

Sorry, I'm struggling with the picture posting, so will send this and try again with the pics.

Squidley
The Bluwood is available at Lowes News articles about BluWood

The Aluminum Foam is from a Canadian company called Cymat
CYMAT

As for resealing, when cut Bluwood is not like pressure treated and as far as I've been told it does not require end cuts resealed.

Yes furnace is left out.

Yes bed lay out is changed for comfort, size and it allows more seating for around the table.

And yes my beachcomber still has the torsion axle, sorry no numbers on it that I can see but if you do a search on this site there is some very good information on acquiring replacement torsion axles, I personally would not use a spring style axle.

It sounds like the RV place you're dealing with is either not interested in doing the job or doesn't have the knowledge and or talent to do the job correctly.
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:46 PM   #72
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Talking Ok I'm back at it.

It's been awhile but I will have some time this wkend to work on the "BeachComber" once again.

I have made a little bit of progress. I installed complete new brakes including backing plate and new drums and bearings and new brake wiring of course.

Now for the fun part it's taken me all year to figure out what I will use for trim inside the trailer where the walls meet the ceiling, you are never going to believe what I came up with.

I'll post before and after pictures of it soon and give folks a chance to guess what it is, but my guess is no one will guess right.

I am once again motivated but summer is such a busy time and all I really want to do is work on my little trailer, I'm sure others know what I mean

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Old 07-30-2011, 10:34 PM   #73
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Hi Rick: Great to hear you're back at it. Work on mine has been slow. I had originally hoped to be able to use the trailer by mid Aug. but now it looks like I'll be lucky to have it sealed up for winter.
Since my prev. post, I removed the body from the frame and discovered a lot more damage that needed attention. When I look at your pics now I think "boy if only my B15 was in that good a shape." My trailer must have had a rough life. I plan to attach some pics that show the damage to the frame. It looks as though It broke and dropped the front end hard. Alot of rough FG repairs had been done. I spent a lot of time trying to remedy the problems, but without undertaking massive FG rebuilds. I believe that it is now quite solid and 75% is hidden.
I purchased a new torsion axle from Reace at Escape Trailers in Chilliwack and a local welding shop here in Grand Forks repaired the frame and installed the new axle. I also installed new wheels. Already it started looking better.
Just as a matter of interest, sometime back there were some comments about a strange looking FG trailer that someone jokingly called a Vitara because of the spare tire cover. That trailer is my Beachcomber.
Today I finished laying in the plywood floor. On Mon. I hope to start fixing the two halves back together.
I will try to be more prompt with future posts.
Rick, should I be posting my progress on your thread or should I start one of my own?????

Squidley
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Old 07-31-2011, 08:29 AM   #74
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Hi Rick: Great to hear you're back at it. Work on mine has been slow. I had originally hoped to be able to use the trailer by mid Aug. but now it looks like I'll be lucky to have it sealed up for winter.
Since my prev. post, I removed the body from the frame and discovered a lot more damage that needed attention. When I look at your pics now I think "boy if only my B15 was in that good a shape." My trailer must have had a rough life. I plan to attach some pics that show the damage to the frame. It looks as though It broke and dropped the front end hard. Alot of rough FG repairs had been done. I spent a lot of time trying to remedy the problems, but without undertaking massive FG rebuilds. I believe that it is now quite solid and 75% is hidden.
I purchased a new torsion axle from Reace at Escape Trailers in Chilliwack and a local welding shop here in Grand Forks repaired the frame and installed the new axle. I also installed new wheels. Already it started looking better.
Just as a matter of interest, sometime back there were some comments about a strange looking FG trailer that someone jokingly called a Vitara because of the spare tire cover. That trailer is my Beachcomber.
Today I finished laying in the plywood floor. On Mon. I hope to start fixing the two halves back together.
I will try to be more prompt with future posts.
Rick, should I be posting my progress on your thread or should I start one of my own?????

Squidley
By the looks of it your frame was in very rough shape, and now when referencing my own BeachComber rebuild I can say do you know what I mean and you are most likely the only other human being on planet earth that can say been there done that LOL

All others can only guess.

I'm going to suggest you do start a build thread just so folks that are considering doing a resto on one of our trailers or something completely different it could serve to motivate them.

And on a selfish note I'd just enjoy seeing more pictures of your build.

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Old 08-01-2011, 08:42 PM   #75
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Ok here's some of the pictures of the new trim

How about it folks what are you guess's on materials used.
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:50 PM   #76
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And more pictures

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Old 08-01-2011, 09:05 PM   #77
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Hummm, some of that stuff in post #75 looks like wiring conduit. The kind you put OUTSIDE of walls because it would be next to impossible to fish wire.....

What do I win for guessing correctly
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Hummm, some of that stuff in post #75 looks like wiring conduit. The kind you put OUTSIDE of walls because it would be next to impossible to fish wire.....

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Sorry Donna No cigar the Materials are for the record, Vertical Blinds slats and they snap smartly into vinyl siding "J" moldings used to hide the screws when siding a house.

The pictures don't really do it justice and none of the seams have been caulked yet to give it a clean factory look.

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Well shoot, I lose (sorta like the LOTTERY), but a GREAT idea you can up with Rick. And yes, I would have never have guessed you were using Vertical Blind slats, lookin' good
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Well shoot, I lose (sorta like the LOTTERY), but a GREAT idea you can up with Rick. And yes, I would have never have guessed you were using Vertical Blind slats, lookin' good
I can't tell how many materials I considered but none of them was water and mold and mildew proof so I continued to look, it was definitely worth the time spent because the set up works great and looks good too, plus it gives me easy access to the wiring should I ever have a problem because it takes less than a minute to pop the blind slat out and get to the wiring.

also it only protrudes about 3/8 to 1/2.

I can't wait until I made all the tweaking and caulking(Tub&Tile of course).

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Old 08-07-2011, 09:34 PM   #81
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Talking Progress is being made.

Sorry no new pictures just yet because I forgot my camera at home.
That said I finished making and installing the new propane lines and new regulator to the fridge and the stove, dedicated ground for the brakes and holes measures and mounting frame for sink and stove now I just have to cut the holes in the aluminum foam counter top.

No cushions yet but I think I have a line on some foam for them, we'll be using the trailer for the Canadian Ford and Mercury Truck Nationals on the 20/21 of August so an air mattress will have to suffice for now.

I'll remember my camera for this week and add a few more pictures for you viewing pleasure.

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we'll be using the trailer for the Canadian Ford and Mercury Truck Nationals on the 20/21 of August
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oooooh I WANNA SEE pictures of THIS... oh, and the trailer too please
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I'll try and get you some pics Donna.

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oooooh I WANNA SEE pictures of THIS... oh, and the trailer too please
So Donna, how long before you buy a BeachComber too?

Oh before I forget the sink and the stove are now mounted, pictures coming shortly

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Talking Some pictures of the counter top with stove and sink installed.

Just temporary trim and cupboard doors for now so we can use the trailer next week.

I know a little rough but the mechanical s are more important at the moment.


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