Saturday, September 12, 2015

Trailer - Replacing Rotted Front Wall

So the time has come to tackle the rotted front wall of the trailer. It was easy to remove the plywood panelling considering it had become delaminated. 

All of the tools, paint, caulking, and screws I'm using for the project.

Some saws and working space. 

I took off more of the front wall than I did the back wall (more rot). 

I used this method for both the front and rear walls to increase the wall thickness while using existing studs. 

All framed up and ready to put back together. I added some cross bracing and extra support for the corners. 

The plastic is pulled up from the bottom of the trailer. 

Lots of spray foam to fill in the gaps. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Trailer - Replacing Exterior Doors and Finishing Wheel Wells

Fender flares reinstalled. I also painted them

Installed the new water heater. 6 gallons.

Reinstalled the baggage door.

Replaced the power cable door.

Forming the sheeting around the plywood for the wheel well caps. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Trailer - Maiden Voyage

It's not anywhere close to done but it had a toilet and a floor to sleep on. It was missing propane tanks, a heater, a wall for the bathroom, well everything.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Trailer - Dual Battery Setup, Tongue Painted, Load Balancing Hitch

I welded 2" angle iron to the top of the frame to create a new battery tray. You can still see the old battery tray below which I later cut off. I need to run a new positive cable to the distribution box to support larger loads like an inverter. 

I had to remove the propane tank mount in order to properly place the brackets for the load balancing hitch. The propane tank plate got moved up a few inches on the frame. 

The hitch came with a 2 5/8" ball but our trailer uses the 2" ball. This thing was a pain to remove with the lock washer. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Trailer - Demolishing and Rebuilding Rear Wall of Trailer

Rear wall disassembly and reassembly. I won't narrate much of this but it was a pain getting the stables out of the aluminum siding without damaging it. It was also difficult to remove the J-trim on the corners of the trailer. 

As I keep going up the wall - more rot...

Seriously why do they design these things with 1" thick walls? How does it all hold together? Structurally the aluminum siding was hold up the wall. The board you see crossing the picture was placed to support the roof of the trailer. With the rear wall gone the structure got a bit wobbly. 

I did some weird angle cuts to try and match the angle of the trailer wall. 

Lots of new 1x2s sandwiched with glue to the old 1x2s. 

Much better looking! Yes, i left a lot of the plywood and tops of the studs out of convenience. 

Back wall gets some skirting. 

Finished J-trim and insert.

New foam. 

Side walls got some love too. I cut this plywood backwards. Oops. I got painted so no one will ever know. 

So much better than before. Duh.