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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted June 10, 2011 - 11:51 AM

At the start of any project I try to work out a building plan so everything goes along smoothly and there aren't surprises along the way ( it never works out as planed and this time is no different ).

Right from the start, I've had a nagging feeling that I had forgotten something important.
I've been going thru everything and double checking things as I go along and just couldn't come up with anything that I had missed.
So I figured it was just my own paranoia bugging me.

I mowed the lawn last evening and as I'm mowing past the trailer I see what it is that I missed !
There are two angle braces that help strengthen the upright beams at the front of the trailer.
The distance between these braces is 73 inches and the width of the camper is 77 inches.

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I was suppose to make an angled notch in the front corners of the camper frame to clear these braces.
Here is where the notch should be on the left side.

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And on the right side.

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The first thing to do is to add some support to the back side of the corner post.
This piece is fastened on with glue and screws.

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Using 3/4 inch plywood, I cut the corner off where the notch is going to be.
Then it is glued and stapled onto the inside of the post.

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A section of 2x10 is than fastened to the inside of the plywood with glue and screws.

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With this side finished, I did the same thing to the other front corner of the camper.
Then I lift up the front of the camper so I'll have clearance to cut the notch into the corners.

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Here is the notch cut out on one side.

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The base of the floor is treated wood but the corner post are not treated.
This isn't and area that is going to be able to be sealed easily so I decided to line the exposed area with 1/2 inch treated plywood.

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Both sides are finished and the camper is set back down on the floor.
The width between the insides of the two notches is 72-1/2 inch.
That gives me 1/2 inch clearance between the braces on the trailer.

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Posted June 10, 2011 - 12:25 PM

The good thing is that you found it now and not at the end of the project when it was time to add the camper to the trailer. looks good.
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Posted June 10, 2011 - 12:39 PM

You're making good head way, Ray.:thumbs:
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Posted June 11, 2011 - 03:55 AM

Looking good. Nice job on the notches. Glad you caught it now.
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Posted June 11, 2011 - 08:15 AM

Glad you caught it now.

So am I. ....
That would have been a real bummer if the camper was all finished and then I realized that it wouldn't fit up to the front of the trailer.
I probably would have had to change the bracing on the trailer itself as it would have been a bear to modify the camper.

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Posted June 12, 2011 - 08:26 PM

Hi Ray! And just what are you creating now? I've missed your posts "elsewhere", and just happen to run across this.

Randy
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