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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted July 30, 2011 - 09:15 PM

The camper is all bolted down on the trailer but there are still a few things that need to be done to finish it up.
I ended up bolting it down with 6 bolts instead of the 4 as I had originally planed.

When I got the truck camper, it had a set of metal steps with it.
These look like they are probably home made and they are built well so I planned on re-using them on the trailer.
They were a little long so I cut some off the bottom.

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I fastened hinges to the top of the steps and mounted them on the side of the trailer.

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The trailer use to have removable side boards on both sides.
When I mounted the camper, I cut the front square steel post off this side that the front of the side board fit into.
This square post is welded back on the side of the trailer next to the steeps.
A piece of 1 inch pipe is also welded onto the square post for a handrail support post.

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For traveling, the steps fold up out of the way in-between the camper and the support post.

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This makes it so a section of the sideboard will still fit between the two square post.

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Using another piece of 1 inch pipe, I made up a handrail for the steps.

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The top of the handrail has a pivot so the handrail can move in or out and a pivot so the handrail can swing around.

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There is a steel plate added to the side of the steps and the bottom of the handrail bolts to it with a large wing nut.

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The bottom of the handrail is supported by a steel sleeve the fits over the 1 inch pipe.
The mounting bolt for bottom of the handrail is welded to this sleeve.

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The handrail can slide up or down inside this mounting sleeve to allow for different heights between the ground and the trailer.

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When the steps are folded up, this handrail becomes the crossbar that holds the steps in place.
With the crossbar in place, there is about 3/4 inch clearance for opening the cargo door.

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The bottom mount for the handrail bolts into a steel bracket that is welded on the side of the trailer.
The pin on the chain is slipped thru a hole in the bolt for a safety lock so the wing nut can't come undone.

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..... I'll add more updates to this post as I finish up the trailer. .....
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Posted July 30, 2011 - 09:26 PM

Looks great Ray.
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Posted July 30, 2011 - 09:51 PM

Great job. Now to load the GTs.
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Posted July 31, 2011 - 03:58 AM

Looking good, Ray. I like the steps and hand rail. One question comes to mind though concerning width of the trailer. Hope you weren't 8'6" before, as the hand rail sticking out makes you wider. Some over zealous troopers might get you for being 'too wide'. I hope you have thought about this.
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Posted July 31, 2011 - 06:45 AM

Very nice build Ray!
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Posted July 31, 2011 - 07:22 AM

Awesome job Ray, and you are fast at getting stuff done. If you ever run out of projects I could use some help LOL.
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Posted July 31, 2011 - 07:34 AM

One question comes to mind though concerning width of the trailer. Hope you weren't 8'6" before, as the hand rail sticking out makes you wider. Some over zealous troopers might get you for being 'too wide'. I hope you have thought about this.

I'm OK there .. the trailer measures 8 foot 4 inch at the handrail.
The fenders are 8 foot 5 inch across and they set out 1-1/2 inch farther out from the trailer frame on each side.
On the handrail side, the handrail sits out 2 inch farther than the trailer frame.
So even if someone measured overall width from the fender edge on the other side to the edge of the handrail, it would only measure 8 foot 5-1/2 inch.

Edited by jdcrawler, July 31, 2011 - 07:39 AM.

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Posted July 31, 2011 - 02:30 PM

Just didn't want to see you get busted for that. Sounds like you have it covered.
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Posted July 31, 2011 - 09:40 PM

Just didn't want to see you get busted for that. Sounds like you have it covered.

I appreciate you drawing attention to the overall width.
It defiantly is something to be aware of especially when traveling out of state.
Several years ago I got stopped with a fully loaded trailer and the officer did check the overall width ( along with lights, safety chains and brakes ).
So I did have that in mind as I made the modifications but there have been times that someone has brought up something that I hadn't thought about.
It never hurts to have another set of eyes looking at something.

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Posted July 31, 2011 - 09:48 PM

Ray are you going to have this at Buckley?

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Posted July 31, 2011 - 10:08 PM

No I'm not, Jerome.
We live about 3 miles from the Buckley show grounds so it is real easy to just go home every night.

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Posted August 01, 2011 - 09:03 PM

Installed the mini blinds and put in the mattress and the cushion on the bench.
The cushion has Velcro on the back edge to keep it on the bench.

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The handrail and brackets for the steps are painted and the side board is installed .

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This side still has the side board the full length.
I'll use the space between the camper and the side board to load the long poles for the canopy.

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The cargo area has Marie's folding chair and the cover for the canopy.
There is a place for hanging up the electrical cord at the right end and space for the trailer's front jack stands underneath the chair.

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The front of the trailer had hooks welded on it for use as tie downs for the tractors.
Those are no longer usable with the camper on so I'm going to put in some floor mount tie down hooks.
I made up a template to mark out the area for the tie down.

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This area is then cut out with the router.

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The tie down is set in place and the mounting holes are drilled thru the deck.

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Then I pressed the square collar of the carriage bolts into the mounting holes in the tie downs.

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The bolts are pressed tightly into the tie downs.

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There is a drain hole in the bottom of the pocket on the tie downs so I drilled a corresponding drain hole in the pocket on the deck.

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The tie down is mounted on the deck.

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I used 2 inch heavy steel washers and lock washers to fasten the bolts from underneath.

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Here are my four new tie downs.

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The Scottville Tractor Show is this weekend so tomorrow I'll start loading tractors and figure out how they are going to be positioned.
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Posted August 01, 2011 - 09:21 PM

Nice work Ray.
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Posted August 02, 2011 - 04:58 AM

Good to see you have space for the things you wish to take. I like the tie downs, good to see you have a drain hole for them. Looking forward to seeing it loaded and ready to roll. Thanks for the update.
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Posted August 02, 2011 - 08:34 AM

Great job Ray. Great place to stay and lots of room for Tractors and other toys.
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