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Old 02-04-2015, 04:48 PM   #201
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Framed in the driver side center section and the passenger side rear sections. Gonna put the batteries for the solar system in the rear passenger side.











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Old 02-04-2015, 04:57 PM   #202
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Walter Wade runs the shop, and drive for the county school system so you have to catch him between runs. Let me know exactly what you are looking for and I can have a look and take some pics, I live right around the corner from his place and go their quite often, as you might imagine.

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Old 02-05-2015, 07:08 PM   #203
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Framed in the passenger side between the wheels today. All total I used over ( 20ft. sections of 1-1/2" x 1/8" angle iron. Gonna need to get some more when I frame out the interior. For now though I have to do a few gussets built and in place and strengthen where the awning will be mounted. I'll also strengthen the storage areas. I won't remove all this and finish weld and paint until I get the door framed in after the roof raise. Gotta build the door frames for the storage and figure out how I want to do the actual doors. Gonna have several doors of various sizes.

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Old 02-05-2015, 09:38 PM   #204
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very clean work. I like it, very solid looking.
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Old 02-06-2015, 08:12 AM   #205
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very clean work. I like it, very solid looking.
Thanks. It's amazing just how solid 1/8" angle iron get's. I'm going to fill in the walls with 1/8" aluminum signs (I have out back) cut to fit. With undercoating on the outside and bed liner material on the inside and the panels sealed with 3M 5200 they should be pretty much water tight.
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Old 02-08-2015, 07:36 AM   #206
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Square vs Round?

I'm getting the materials ready for the roof raise. I need to get on this as every time I look at it I decide to raise it taller. The quicker i get to this the less likelihood I'm gonna put a second story on this thing !

My question is concerning the riser material. As it turns out 1-1/4" x 1/8" square tubing in crazy expensive. Almost $50.00/20' stick!! Strange as the scrap price of steel has been in the tank for some time. I know some have used round tube and I'm told (by my engineer son) it's even stronger than the square and less expensive. I know it presents some minor fabrication challenges but what is everyone's experience who have used square and round?
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Sounds like you've priced 11ga square tubing.
What about 14ga? I think it would be sufficient.
I don't know about the round vs square... I don't think it matters as long as you're willing to make it work. Square would be easier to work with I think.
I'm also really leaning towards doing a roof raise but can't seem to find much help these days...
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Old 02-08-2015, 08:25 AM   #208
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I'm also really leaning towards doing a roof raise but can't seem to find much help these days...
I hear you, I'm pretty much going to be doing this myself. Gonna use allthread as jacks at 4 places so I can adjust things on a micro scale as I weld in the replacement posts.

I'm thinking 1" schedule 80 pipe is looking very interesting right now. Here are the dimensions:

1"
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ID - .936
Wall thickness - 0.179
lbs./ft. - 0.424

Yea I was looking at 11 ga. The pipe is a LOT cheaper than the square tubing.
The nice thing about using the thicker material (other than it's stronger) is when welding you can favor the thicker side a bit and flow in the weld to the lighter material without having to get in as much of a hurry to keep from blowing through.
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going too thick and heavy will introduce new weak points... Something to bear in mind. Also when raising, I'd think keeping the weight down would be a big plus.
Just some thoughts. I think saving money is always a good thing, too.
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going too thick and heavy will introduce new weak points... Something to bear in mind. Also when raising, I'd think keeping the weight down would be a big plus.
Just some thoughts. I think saving money is always a good thing, too.
I don't think weight on this is going to be an issue. A 3ft. section weighs less than 1.5 lbs. I may wait a couple more months though to purchase the steel. It's inflated right now and the price of scrap has been going down and will be reflected when the current stock has been diminished. This happens pretty much every year.

I wonder where someone might find any 16 gauge Hat channel like they make the bows from?
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