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Old 08-26-2011, 03:36 PM   #113
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Just a few pictures of the trailer with the decals , makes it look like a real Bigfoot again . With all the mods we named this rig the "West Coast Edition" Some inside pics coming soon.
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:52 PM   #114
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Are you done with the inside? If so, could you post pix?

Great job! I just admire you for doing this. I hope that it proves just perfect for you after all that work.

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Old 08-26-2011, 05:22 PM   #115
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Great job....the exterior looks gorgeous!
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:27 PM   #116
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WOW... as a person with (so far) pretty limited do-it-yourself skills... I am impressed. Your Bigfoot looks terrific and I hope you enjoy it for years!
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:52 PM   #117
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West Coast Edition.... I LOVE IT! And I too am looking forward to interior pictures
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WOW WOW WOW!! Awsome
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:05 PM   #119
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:46 AM   #120
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Thank you ,everyone for your nice comments . I had an opportunity to get the decals done for a good deal so I went for it, but the inside still needs a lot of work. I will try to get some updated pictures of the inside soon not much has changed.
Thanks Ken , Take care
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:50 AM   #121
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That's the third purtiest "newborn" I've ever seen, the purtiest being my two grandkids.

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Old 08-28-2011, 06:50 AM   #122
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Nice Job on the stretch!
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:12 AM   #123
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Thanks ,
Francesca and Dave, Fran, nice to have you back. There is a long weekend coming, hope to work on the trailer all of it. Will post on Monday with new pictures. Thanks again for your comments

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Old 09-05-2011, 06:43 PM   #124
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I worked all weekend and seemed to get little done but here are some pictures of the progress. I have been using old paneling strips to make templates ,I just staple them around the outside [staple to the wall lightly to be able to pull it off ] to get the shape then trace the shape on the paneling. It gets you close first time. It helped around my dinette the space in the middle will be the same as my backsplash , it will be done near the end . Also front cabinet almost complete . Fridge to go in next weekend so then I can install window

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Old 09-07-2011, 04:03 PM   #125
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John and Francesca

I have had a few questions about the frame and weight. the original trailer weighted 2300 lb The old paperwork from the trailer says the trailer weighted 1850 but I weighted empty. Anyway 2300 is not to bad for a 3500 lb axle ,but now I have two, I am good for 7000 lbs

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(NOTE: Quote is from posting #64.)

OOPS! Doubling axles does NOT double the weight carrying ability!!

"Note: for multi-axle trailers, the capacity is not the sum of the axle ratings because they do not share the load perfectly even. In operation, the axle loading will be close, but not exact -- and that will depend largely on the mounting configuration."

Because of things like speed bumps, etc, the entire load can be temporarily on one or the other axle. PLUS one axle will have to carry the weight of the other.

Found this website. Has some good points:

Page 2, Strength in good trailer design

I don't think you can extend the length without beefing up the frame. You are relying on the 'overdesign' of the original to carry the extra mass. When prying with a bar, if you can't get the load to move you move your hands further out on the bar. This gives more leverage. Your frame is experiencing 'greater leverage' because of being longer.

Plus there is 'special knowledge' that can be a trap for an inexperienced person. I had a front a frame on a car welded. I thought to weld all around, that is all four sides. The welder said that only welding two side would be stronger and that welding the final two sides would actually weaken the joint.
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:24 PM   #126
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Hi Roger:

Thanks for the information. I anticipate the end weight of the trailer to be 3800 lbs which is well within the axles capability. I added the extra axle to carry the extra weight of the appliances, holding tanks, etc. which are positioned over the axles. The shop where I had the frame stretched confirmed that the extra weight would not be a problem. When I stretched my other trailer I did not have any problems with it so I think it should be OK but I will keep an eye on it. I appreciate your comments.

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