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Old 10-05-2013, 10:24 PM   #29
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Trailer frame back from the welder.

After staying up late on Tuesday and starting early on Wednesday getting the metal parts for the trailer frame cut, we drove/drug the trailer frame and metal work I'd done to Lynne's Dad's shop on Wednesday.

Lynne's Dad can weld and has good equipment. I play with metal and have the cheapest wire-feed welder Harbor Freight sells.

Lynne's Mom and Dad showed up with the frame this evening (Saturday). The frame repairs are done, new bumper on, a new propane/battery rack installed, one new cross member has been added and another moved to accomodate our new grey water tank (which I've tucked into it's proper spot in the picture), and we have added little "wings" that double the width of the frame the shell rests on in key places.

The axle will get replaced soon, too. And the last of the exterior Fiberglass work we need to do before we get to painting the shell will be finished today!

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Old 10-06-2013, 02:34 AM   #30
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And the refit saga continues . . .

Many, many holes were patched, sometimes moved, and often repaired in our Surfside. Some of the larger repairs (after replacing the floor) were fixing the rips in the wheel-well fiberglass. My how-to for this repair is posted here.

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Old 10-08-2013, 04:00 PM   #31
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Fianally getting to paint.

Yesterday we put primer on the bottom half (below the belly band) of our Surfside. Today we'll get the top half. We're using Rustoleum marine primer for wood and fiberglass above the waterline. Top coats will also be Rustoleum's "Topside" marine paint.

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I haven't talked much about how we did our "frame-off," which was a minor hassle that others have discussed at length. Something we have done that's different is construct a dolly to support our trailer while it's separated from its frame from 2x4 lumber with heavy-duty caster wheels at each corner.

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When we want access to the bottom part of the trailer, we jack the dolly up with a floor jack and put it down on four jackstands. When we want to work on the top or move it around in the shop, we drop it down to these 250 lbs capacity caster wheels.
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Gotten a few more things done. The shell and frame have been primed and painted, installed rear stabilizers and a gray tank on the frame, and moved the frame under the shell.

YES! The shell now sits on (but has yet to be bolted to)its frame. Finally!

THe paints, by the way, are all Rustoleum. Rustoleum metal primer and paint for the frame, Rustoleum Marine Topside primer and paint for the shell. I'm fairly impressed with Rustoleum Topside; there primer plus three top coats on the bottom, primer plus four four top coats on top, all applied with a foam roller.

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