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Old 01-13-2013, 10:41 PM   #113
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Nothing too interesting too show. I'm ripping out all the water lines/water pump/old tank/fixing floor rot (trying an epoxy that's supposed to soak in and strengthen it first), filling old floor holes, etc.

After that I can put the new flooring down, and then start installing the new tank/water system. I sure wish it would warm up, though. I can't put a big enough heater in it to keep it warm, by running it off an extension cord. I just bought an rv electrical panel to put on the garage, but I need to find the siding adapter thing first for the panel to sit on.

Here's a picture I never posted in this thread, though.



Come on warm weather! I need this done by memorial day *gulp*.
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:07 AM   #114
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I think you'll get there. I wanted to get some stuff done before Quartzite but Vegas has been in a deep freeze for about 10 days now. As an example we had one day last winter where the temps reached below freezing. Our normal temps are 58 high 42 low this time of year so excessively cold.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:02 PM   #115
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Well, I've been getting nowhere. I went to install the electric motor on the jacks...

The rollpin isn't in the gearbox shaft, and of course, it's between the sizes I have. The pre drilled holes in the gearbox don't match up to one of them on the motor, and the other one has different size threads. I don't like the idea of threads in that thin of metal anyway, I think I'm just drilling clear through and using nuts.

The wiring is backwards, the fuse is on the short run of wire, and I need it on the long run. The switch isn't weatherproof, so now I have to figure out an enclosure for it. No luck finding anything small enough, yet.

*sigh* Wasted day.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:11 PM   #116
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My remedy for a day like you've had is:

Take a few of these Special Liquid Pills and get back to the project tomorrow!





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Old 01-20-2013, 08:21 AM   #117
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I just installed my landing gear motor this week. They did not use a roll pin in my drive shaft. They used a solid pin in mine, the pin is the same size as the hole in the shaft. To hold it in place they struck the pin length wise on two sides with a small chisel to expand the steel so it could be pressed/driven in place. My slight problem was the expanded pin would not fit the motor shaft slot. A small amount filing the sides of the pin took care of the fit.
My fuse holder used a spade fuse with a waterproof cap. The fuse holder was on the short leads which are the power leads and the motor operated in the correct direction. The leads just barely reached the battery terminals without splicing.
My orig. switch was recieved broken due to no packing in the shipping box. The seller promptly sent me a new switch assy. The switch body is held to the faceplate with very/very thin plastic, make sure your wire harness is supported and not hanging down from the switch. I ran my wires over the man. handle tube and used the tube to support the wires.
As for the pin, you may find a nail to make one out of. The fit is really tight so the size of your pin should be the size of the motor drive slot. You could expand it for a press fit. Or leave the nail head on, drill the other end of the nail, safety wire it in and wrap it in tape. If you have access to acft. hwd. you may be able to find a small sholdered bolt and use a nylock nut, and wrap it up with tape.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:38 AM   #118
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Jared, how did you remove your rear benches. I haven't even looked at how to get them out yet. I know it would be a lot easier getting the old carpet out and putting in new flooring with them out.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:30 PM   #119
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Thanks for the info, Eddie. The short wires aren't close to reaching my battery, unfortunately. I'm going to mess with it tomorrow, if the weather plays nice. I might have an idea for an enclosure, we'll see.

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Jared, how did you remove your rear benches. I haven't even looked at how to get them out yet. I know it would be a lot easier getting the old carpet out and putting in new flooring with them out.
It's pretty easy. The top is held in with screws at the back, the bottom is held in with screws on a flange inside the bench. It's a bit of a pain getting around the water tank, but doable.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:41 AM   #120
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Speaking of the lift motor I was looking at mine today and noticed that the stock "gear housing" doesn't have any holes to mount the motor to. I do have the new one so can work with it but I'm sure others out there may have the same problem.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:53 AM   #121
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I looked at my older 5th wheel. The older Scamp 19 has an open metal gear housing with no motor mounting holes and the drive shaft had a hole and no drive pin. My newer Scamp has a plastic gear box which is drive motor ready and has a pin is in the drive shaft.
The older gear box would need to be drilled for the motor mount bolts and a spacer placed between the two sides of the gear box. Most likely you will need longer bolts and nylock nuts. You will also have to make a pin for the drive shaft.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:56 PM   #122
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Actually I have the new gearbox. It came with the new motor so I'm good to go. I just thought I might save a step, but heck I have a new one so might as well use it.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:56 PM   #123
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Well, I got a little bit done. I found an enclosure at Menards that will work. I had to trim the plate that came on the switch, and drill some new holes, no biggie.





I have the holes for the motor drilled, but ran into more trouble. The hole in the jackshaft actually goes past the slots and inside the gearbox of the motor a little bit. I'll have to space the motor out, which means it'll be wobbly, and I'll have to bolt all 4 legs down. S, I need to drill two more holes in the jack gearbox, and drill through the motor gearbox on the other two corners. I'll hold the motor gearbox together and space it at the same time by putting the 4 bolts through the motor gearbox, putting a washer and nut on them, then putting that on the jack gearbox, and putting nuts inside the jack gearbox to hold it on.

*Sigh* I still haven't found anything that fits the hole on the shaft. I'm trying not to drill it out, but I can if I have to, and enlarge the slots on the motor gearbox.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:04 PM   #124
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Looks good. I think I'm going to install mine up under the bunk. Last year I stopped at Wal-mart in Aberdeen wa. to get supply's while on the road with my Aljo 5th wheel. I got back into my truck and started driving off but it was pulling really hard. Another shopper flagged me down and said some kids had been playing with something. It turns out they had pulled the safety brake pin out and the brakes were locked up. I don't want to leave anything in the open where the knuckle heads running around these days can mess with it.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:40 PM   #125
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I think I'm going to pull the fuse at all times, anyway. I don't want to chance moisture or a goofy switch causing the landing gear to extend while heading down the road.
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I think I'm going to pull the fuse at all times, anyway. I don't want to chance moisture or a goofy switch causing the landing gear to extend while heading down the road.
Or, just install an in line switch somewhere interior that will shut off the power.
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