Now while all this is going on, we're trying to come up with a name for our little project. Both my wife and I are big Disney fans...and the vehicle we will use to tow our camper is affectionately known as "The Doombuggy," the name of the ride cars used in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland and Disney World. In fact, that's on our license
plate! So...by natural extension, if the ride car is the Doombuggy, then the "residence" had to be the Haunted Mansion.
With that in mind, a whole host of design and color ideas started flowing. We went to the local fabric store on a special "spin the wheel to determine your discount" day and happened to find the perfect fabric for the cushions!!! I'll post the pics when we unwrap the roll to start work on those...but for now...the fabric is a dark purple and black diamond pattern -- something you might see in the Haunted Mansion....
Anyway, with the floor now out of the way, we started looking at taking the pod off the frame. That was a chore, but not in the way we expected. The PO's who replaced the upper and lower decks sunk some of the screws REALLY deep in the floor and then covered them with the fiberglass resin. Needless to say, we spent a couple of days digging/drilling out screws. Not fun.
The next trick was to jack the pod up high enough to get the pod out. This was not an easy feat...Our garage is a standard garage, with a 7' door. The trailer just fit in nicely with the axle
being the way it is...and that got us to wondering. Do we need to replace the axle
? Well, again, after reading what you all have done before us, and after looking at the rubber oozing out of the axle
, the answer was a resounding yes. Ok. Add that to the list.
Anyway, back to lifting the pod... we used screw jacks and blocks to lift the pod, dropped the pressure in the tires
until they were almost flat, but we still didn't have enough clearance between the trailer and the garage door opener! Ok. Plan B.
We removed the wheels, setting the axle down on a couple of cardboard boxes, and then pulled the trailer out from under the pod. We stabilized the pod for now and will work on it once the trailer comes back from the welding shop. While it's there, the plan is to have it sandblasted, too, and then painted. Any recommendations? We were thinking some sort of heavy-duty undercoat and not just paint