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Old 12-06-2014, 06:50 PM   #1
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Tote-n-Tarry Lemon Chiffon Rehab

By the time I'm done rehabing TNT, it's gonna cost some $$; it's a Christmas gift I wish to customize, and I will use it too to see how well I do with a small RV. I'll try to keep my posts quick 'n clean. If you're like me, I just like to look at the pictures, mostly!
Today I discovered the true original color of TNT from 1973 under an old sticker: Lemon Chiffon Pie. Took out wiring remnants, old copper gas pipe that was snapped off, old ice-box; it's clean and dry inside, just sad. Welder did one crossbar and fixed tongue, more to come from him on that. Shopping underlayments as wall insulation; may not use coated carpet padding as rubber is poor insulator but it's still a "maybe". Will put 1", not 2" rigid foam on floors to maximize headroom. Will be checking tires, undercarriage further. Found a 12V DC Coleman refrigerator to replace, will be on a switch, plastic-painting it Claret Wine (first coat shown...cheery color).
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Old 12-06-2014, 07:01 PM   #2
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Fun project. Looks like it was the same original color as my Boler.
You call it Lemon Chiffon, I call it Buttercup yellow
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Old 12-06-2014, 07:08 PM   #3
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It's a happy color.

Gotta like happy.
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Old 12-06-2014, 07:34 PM   #4
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Whatever you call "yellow," makes me happy. Reminds me of the sun, and we don't get (typically) bunches of it.
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Old 12-06-2014, 10:56 PM   #5
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Whatever you call "yellow," makes me happy. Reminds me of the sun, and we don't get (typically) bunches of it.
Donna, you should come east to sunny Central Oregon!
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Old 12-08-2014, 01:07 AM   #6
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Welded Cargo Cage Update: Neat!

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Welder did one crossbar and fixed tongue, more to come from him on that.
Here's an update on the cargo welding so far: Welder did a fantastic job making a bent steel cargo cage for the back. This is as lightweight as we can get, and it's verrrry strong, he even stood on it. He recommended not exceeding 150 pounds but that's more than I had hoped for anyway. It's going to be perfect for those bulky yet lightweight things like folding chairs, tarps, canopy, and a small plastic kayak. It sticks out 18" and is full width. I'll show you the way mine turned out. If you live in PNW and want an artistic welder I can forward his contact information.
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Old 12-08-2014, 01:13 AM   #7
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Two issues to consider. It's not the weight that the carrier will handle that you need to worry about. It's that adding weight to the rear will remove weight from the tongue, and if you remove too much weight you will induce sway.
The other is, if you put stuff in that cage, it appears that you will cover your tail and brake lights.
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Old 12-08-2014, 01:16 AM   #8
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Thanks. All good points which will figure in to the final, very important points. I was going to have to totally redo my lights since there's no wires inside and the old ones are broken. I looked it up and brake lights on a trailer can be up to 60" off the ground. The battery, propane, water tank and spare will be up front to offset weight redistribution.
Adding also that when driven back on the freeway it did not fishtail. The whole thing is an empty shell right now, as appliances, pads, insulation are added things may need adjusting.
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Old 12-08-2014, 01:20 AM   #9
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Here is where I got the idea for the cargo cage (but I don't like the curly-q railing material)...so this one isn't mine, but it got the idea ball rolling.
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Old 12-08-2014, 01:25 AM   #10
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You have it in hand then. I didn't realize for some six months that I couldn't unbolt my spare tire because the box prevented the wrench from turning. Luckily, I discovered that in my driveway, not on some deserted road with a flat.
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Old 12-08-2014, 09:39 AM   #11
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Luckily, I discovered that in my driveway, not on some deserted road with a flat.
That be cheating, as in cheating yourself out of an opportunity to “improvise, adapt, and overcome”. Oh, and I like pie, of any color.
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Now that you mention it, good thing to check.
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Old 12-08-2014, 01:59 PM   #13
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Glenn raised the big issues but another to consider when redoing your lights is most places have regulations regarding their location -ie how high off the ground etc they should be and they also require the licence plate to be to have a light on it.

Here is a link to the trailer light location regs that may help you.
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:38 PM   #14
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Harbor Freight trailer lights...

are major-ly clunko looking but they'll do for now, (the ones on the cargo cage are the leftover magnetic towing lights) and the wires will be in for the next iteration (shopping for something cool). Since it's a fiberglass egg and there's no grounding in the walls the sidelights connected by a single wire won't work until I run a separate ground to them tomorrow in daylight (normally the metal trailer frame itself would serve as ground but the walls have no conductivity). I could have put the rear brake lights up to 60" high legally...another source said up to 72" but they're about 48". I have some big holes leftover from the last installs; they cut about 2" holes which will later need patching (duct tape for now). I took off 5 broken old exterior brake/signal light fixtures, leaving lots of other little holes to fix
Over the next week or so will do the 12V wiring, then the 110, then the propane, then the water connections/tank/pump, then the fixtures (hanging by the wires), outlets, switches...then the insulation (in that order), fully-attach light fixtures, then install battery, vents, converter/fusebox/inverter, fridge, microwave, stove, heater, sink/water supply installs. I'm going to use good quality house-parts since that's easy to fix later.
I think I may have found a source for big quantity of economical generic ensolite...waiting on more info. It may be pink or purple, but I'll just paint it later. I found a 12V pump. Buying lots of used parts to save $$.
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