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Old 09-29-2014, 02:52 PM   #151
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Hey cowlitzcoach,
Auburn, WA. Now if only I still lived in WA state. I hear you on all points and am aware of the issues with Hp/Torque and gearing. I was a Marine mechanic for over 25 years and dealt with that on a daily basis. That tranny sounds fun but can't afford that kind of investment right now. Thanks for the offer though. I have 4.78 gears in it right now and think 4.10's should do fine. Lot's of flats here and very little in the way of long hills and mountains like out west.

As far as water tanks go, I plan on only traveling with the water tank completely full as I need the extra weight to soften the ride a bit. Grey water on the other hand, is always empty when traveling.

Thanks for the comments!
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Old 09-29-2014, 02:58 PM   #152
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Hey jazty,
Thanks for the comments.
They clear the ground (fully retracted) by 16" just behind the wheel to minimize midship clearance issues. They came stock 4" too tall though and had to be completely disassembled, chopped, cranks removed, crankshafts rebuilt using 1/2" bolts and re-assembled.
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Old 10-05-2014, 04:36 PM   #153
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Got the grey water tank bracket made and the tank temporarily hung. As with the other brackets, the straps and tensioners will go on after the hot dip galvanizing.









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Old 10-05-2014, 06:46 PM   #154
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Great work on the tanks and support framing!
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Old 10-20-2014, 03:52 AM   #155
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Pulled off the framing I've been working on as we have a load of stuff going to the hot dip galvanizers this week at work. Gonna be cool to see what things look like finally installed. Last sunday my son and I sheared and broke the parts for the fuel tanks as well. Gonna have to get those welded up so I can get them installed when putting the brackets back in.

I asked a while back and got no answer so I'm going to ask again.
When skinning the windows, how are you all attaching the top of the skin to the sides?
Are you drilling out all the rain gutter rivets, slipping the sheet metal under the roof piece, re-drilling and re-riveting the whole thing? Just wondering what is working for everyone else? I'm thinking ahead a bit but this has been on my mind.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 10-20-2014, 08:35 AM   #156
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Pulled off the framing I've been working on as we have a load of stuff going to the hot dip galvanizers this week at work. Gonna be cool to see what things look like finally installed. Last sunday my son and I sheared and broke the parts for the fuel tanks as well. Gonna have to get those welded up so I can get them installed when putting the brackets back in.

I asked a while back and got no answer so I'm going to ask again.
When skinning the windows, how are you all attaching the top of the skin to the sides?
Are you drilling out all the rain gutter rivets, slipping the sheet metal under the roof piece, re-drilling and re-riveting the whole thing? Just wondering what is working for everyone else? I'm thinking ahead a bit but this has been on my mind.

Thanks for any help.

Saw a build on here where they attached angle iron along the top of the window frame and riveted the window skins to this. Looked like it worked well.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:30 AM   #157
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Got the grey water tank bracket made and the tank temporarily hung. As with the other brackets, the straps and tensioners will go on after the hot dip galvanizing.















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they look great. those tank brackets look incredibly strong. i which i had something like that for the under bay compartments on my bus and to mount my generator.
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:39 PM   #158
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dgorila1, thanks for the info. That's a great idea! Gonna look into that one for sure. There is a place or two where the RV windows I am using will force me to remove a section of driprail. Other than that, I really don't want to go there if not needed.

proconsul100, yea, I'm kinda paranoid about hanging too much weight from the floor braces. I try to make sure the frames are close or bolted onto crossmembers as well to keep from twisting the frame (as if I really could). The understorage boxes will hang from the floor channels and I will be bolting the angle iron longitudinal's to every one of them to spread the load across the whole substructure.
I'm working on a similar lash up for the propane storage drawer. Just got a pair of 600lb. 30" drawer slides for that. Wish I had gotten two sets now (coulda saved on shipping) as I'm thinking of using something like that for the solar battery bank.
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Old 10-20-2014, 01:04 PM   #159
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I have a Thomas but it has the one long drip rail like yours. I just shoved the panels up underneath the drip rail as much as I could. Riveted the three sides. Drove it to the paintbooth and the tops rattled terrible. While at paint booth I bought, I think it was locktite brand adhesive. Pushed the panels out just enough to glue the tops in and have never had a problem since. Plus ran sealer all the way around the old window opening from the inside. I'd do it again.
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Old 10-20-2014, 03:24 PM   #160
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What size drums do you have for the tanks, or are they just for mockup? I never considered it but standard plastic drums like that would work great for waste tanks.
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