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#1 jdcrawler ONLINE  

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Posted July 27, 2011 - 02:07 PM

Building up the bench on the other side of the camper.
We bought a cushion for an outside porch bench that fits this.

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The gap at the end of the bench is to store the step ladder that we will use to get up into the upper bed area,

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The bench is all painted and needs to dry real good before I put the cushion on it.

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While that is drying, it's time to start getting the trailer ready for the camper to go on it.
I bought two of these 20 gallon water storage tanks off ebay.

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The fresh water tank is going to mount up on the gooseneck framework.
So I brought the trailer up to the garage and set the front right down on the ground to make it easier to work on.

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There is a piece of steel "I" beam support between the two upright beams of the goosneck.
The tank will rest on top of this support.
I welded in a piece of 1x1 square steel for the front support for the tank.
Then I welded in four square tubes to form the support frame for the tank.

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There is a section of flat steel welded to the back and the sides to keep the tank in place.
The tank frame is painted.

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Here's how it looks with the tank mounted on it.

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There are two straps running over the top of the tank to keep it from bouncing up.
There is also a piece of flat steel on the front of the support frame to keep the tank from sliding forward.
This piece is bolted to the frame so it can be removed if the tank needs to come out.

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The waste water tank is going underneath the trailer deck so I raised the front up so I can work under it easier.

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When I built this trailer, I put in cross bracing along the whole length of the trailer.
This bracing forms an "X" and runs from the bottom of one corner to the top of the opposite corner to help keep the frame from twisting.
The tank needs to mount along the inside of the side frame right where the bracing is welded in place.

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The cross bracing is cut and a section of 2-1/4 square steel tube is welded in place.
The cross braces are then welded to it.

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The support frame for the tank is being welded in place.

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The very back tank support is all welded in but only the down frames of the other three tank supports are welded in place.
The bottom tank supports are going to be bolted to these down frames and the underside of the trailer frame.

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The tank is lifted up under the trailer frame and all the support pieces are bolted on.

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I've never had a spare tire for this trailer but I picked one up at a swapmeet this spring.
I figured that now was a good time to make a spare tire mount.
This is the cradle for the tire to rest on.

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I made up a 1/2 inch bolt to fit thru one of the wheel lug holes.

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Everything is all painted up.

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The spare tire is mounted and fastened tight with a nut on the 1/2 inch bolt.
The end of the bolt is drilled so a small padlock can go thru it.

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Posted July 27, 2011 - 02:20 PM

Ray, you are doing a great job of outfitting this. Excellent workmanship. I'd probably still be scratching my head (& various other parts) trying to figure out what to do and you are nearly done. Awesome!
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Posted July 27, 2011 - 02:28 PM

Great work Ray, you hit a detail or two I haven't even thought of.
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Posted July 27, 2011 - 03:01 PM

Very nice as usual Ray. Definitely a good idea to get a spare tire added to the rig. It won't be long you will have it all finished up.
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Posted July 27, 2011 - 03:20 PM

Ray, What can I say, but OUTSTANDING work as usual. Very nice job !!!!
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Posted July 27, 2011 - 03:57 PM

I've said it all before,but NICE JOB Ray.
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Posted July 27, 2011 - 05:39 PM

Very nice job Ray.I've said before but you do excellent work.Your getting very close to getting use out of it.Larry
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Posted July 27, 2011 - 08:33 PM

Nice work Ray!!! Do you have the first trip already set and GTs on go??? Great Job
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Posted July 27, 2011 - 09:10 PM

Do you have the first trip already set and GTs on go???

I'm trying to have this ready for a show on August 4,5,6.
We'll take along two Ridemasters, the Agricat and the R/T tractor.
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Posted July 28, 2011 - 12:04 AM

Ray, great work and very interesting reading.
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