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Old 08-29-2013, 12:39 PM   #57
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Donna, what are those stabilizers? I want some for my 16.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:12 PM   #58
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The fan draws the air from around the welder's breathing zone not from the weld pool. I worked in a steel mill with a continuous galvanizing line. Once in a while the strip would break and the fastest and easy way to get the line running was to clamp the two broken pieces together (14-18 ga. sheet) and weld using stick rod e-6010 in straight polarity (-) and zap together. Of course the fumes were tremendous and we held our breath as well as fans to draw away as much as we could. That was in the old days, we were competing against the Chinese. They have now won and are galvanizing for us. I wouldn't worry about the once and in awhile fumes you make welding in the back yard, you should pay more attention to the glues used to make the shell.
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:01 PM   #59
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Donna, what are those stabilizers? I want some for my 16.
John, they're Wayne's Stabilizers. If I was to do it again, I'd go with what Floyd uses: BAL 23026 - BAL Stabilizing Jacks, 1/pr 23026 - RV Plus
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:04 PM   #60
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The undercarriage of the Lil Snoozy appears to be a close relative of boat trailers, including the galvanizing. None of them old enough to require axle replacement, whatever the attachment method.

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As a matter of fact, they are boat trailers!

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Old 09-01-2013, 04:13 PM   #61
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Removing 4 bolts isn't any easier than cutting off, grinding smooth, welding on, and repainting? We'll have to agree to disagree on that one.

Most of the guys I know possess the skill to do this…it's a rough built camper, not a rocket.

Disagree all you want dude. Like I said there is no standard hole pattern or axle length. Good luck sourcing and bolting in an axle from generic stock. While you're trying to figure out the dimensions I'll have mine cut out, prepped, squared and welded in. No standards = not any easier

Most of your friends can weld and fabricate, but not the "average guy" that I mentioned. I know quite a few people that can do this type of work, but they are a minority including all people I know.

Not a rocket, but has to be structurally safe and sound, which requires skill and proper tools to accomplish. There are so called welders that I would not let touch my trailer, let alone the "average guy". It takes years to learn how things are done.

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Old 09-01-2013, 04:40 PM   #62
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Regarding galvanizing, it is harmful stuff to inhale, so proper venting and filters must be used when welding or torch cutting. I have been sickened several times in my life when the job required working on that stuff. The last time was the worst case. I had to be lowered down into a 36" diameter galvanized pipe well casing riding on a crane hook with a cutting torch. My job was to cut about a hundred 4" round holes in the casing to allow concrete to go outside the pipe. I was down there burning away for about 30 minutes when I had difficulty seeing. My vision was not allowing me to focus. I yelled to get pulled out, which they did. I got to the top and passed out. When I awoke I couldn't see. Several minutes later I started to get some vision back but there were big black objects flying around my vision field like hallucinations! One old welder that was on the job said to drink buttermilk and I would be good as new. I took that advise, but was nauseated and had a metallic taste in my mouth for 2 days afterward. I have never welded this stuff again, as I feel the metal stays in your body for years. A positive pressure air supply should be used. I weld quite a lot of stainless steel these days which is also bad due to hexavalent chrome fumes. Same precautions apply.
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:47 PM   #63
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Like I said there is no standard hole pattern or axle length. Good luck sourcing and bolting in an axle from generic stock.
The Dexters are all built to order on a computerized line. Replacing the original specs should be easy.
Replacing with bolts is easier and less stressful to the metal of the frame.
Cheaper than welding.
No brainer to me.
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:51 PM   #64
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we have a 1973 Hunter 1 need to change the axel to raise the camper! any suggestions would be appreciated
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we have a 1973 Hunter 1 need to change the axel to raise the camper! any suggestions would be appreciated
You might want to start a new thread on this and provide some more details - like what kind of suspension it has (leaf springs, torsion axle, etc.)
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