Building the ultimate toyhauler!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by pvangel, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    That would be why.
  2. pvangel

    pvangel Team AARP

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    12" of snow yesterday and 50 deg today! Got a lot done today, tank drain is in.

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    Shower shut off,

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    Folding table mounted up outside,

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    In the up position, (still the best $99 I spent)

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  3. pvangel

    pvangel Team AARP

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    I got the steel for the bed/couch legs in today,

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    Here's my cad drawing for the legs,

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    Welding has begun,

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    Legs all tacked together,

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    All welded up and bolted together,

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  4. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Looks like a decent little MIG. They're nice to work with.
    I saw that you tallied up the cost, by any chance do you have a guess on the weight that you've added?





    You need some nice mags on that. 5x4.5"? That's the same as a jeep and most big dodge and ford cars.
  5. Shuffler

    Shuffler Hommes Grande

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    It never even dawned on me that a bike lift would also make a great adjustable welding table. Nice work ... this thread is inspirational.
  6. pvangel

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    I'm going to guess 500 lbs? which would put me at 16-1700 lbs?

    Wheels are on my list but will have to wait $$$$$:D
  7. pvangel

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    Test fit for the legs before I do the one for the wide body in the back.

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    I made the legs go over center so they would stay out.

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    Test fit the mattress as well, very comfortable and a good height.

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  8. pvangel

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    SMM is stepping it up! double layer of batting on the cushion for a luxurious feel.

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    I told you she was a good woman!

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    and the big boy bed is ready for use!

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    I took them off to put a coat of paint on but am happy with the way it came out.

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  9. pvangel

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    Last real fabrication needed is the propane tank mount, I tried to buy one but really didn't see anything available so build I did.

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    I have to get longer bolts and paint it but it works well.

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  10. Easterner

    Easterner Just Landed

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    It appears the big boy bed has leg "bottoms", do they and will the other one have them also?
  11. pvangel

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    Yes it does, I did it to both beds to help spread the "load" (especially for the "Big Boy"):D

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  12. Easterner

    Easterner Just Landed

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    Thanks I see better now. Apologies don't know what floor was made of and just pictured it puncturing it. Close up clears that up and continues with all looking good.
  13. tommu56

    tommu56 Long timer

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    A Quick note on ball valves make sure they don't have any water in them in freezing weather or they will burst your hose's will give even worse when they were closed.

    Another suggestion get a 3 way valve Rv store will have them as hot water heater bypasses so you can put on the inlet to the pump and pump antifreeze through the pump it has cavities that wont drain.
  14. pvangel

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    Thanks! I have always found that if you leave everything open there is no problem with freezing, after draining the tank of course.

    My friends say that you can judge the economy by the size of my toyhauler and in previous good years I had a 5th wheel as well as a Class C motor home (last trailer was 5x8 :cry)and after having them winterized the water always had a antifreeze smell and feel to it no matter how much I used the water the smell never went away and yes it was rv antifreeze. I had stopped doing it to my 5th wheel and would open every valve and leave it that way all winter long and never had a problem. so I don't know what the right answer is?
  15. darenative

    darenative Been here awhile

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    I tried a set of jeep rims on mine and the offset was way off. YMMV
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    tommu56 Long timer

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    The first year i had a 12v pump at my cabin I had all the lines pinched to drain and figured the pump would drain too.

    Well when I went up to open it up in the next spring the pump wouldn't pump took it apart and it was toast $60.00 paper weight.

    So I added a 3 way valve to the inlet and suck a quart of antifreeze in till I see it out the discharge hose this pump is 10 years old now and still pumping (I know I'm jinxing my self).
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    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    What about running a chlorine or vinegar mixture through at the beginning of the season, let it sit for a day or so, go for a ride to shake it up.

    PA Slammer
  18. pvangel

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    At this point I am not going to add any water to the system until I know it won't freeze, still hitting the 20's at night...

    Propane tank mount all painted and ready to mount,

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    Looks good, but it sucked...poor engineering on my part.

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    It shook more than SMM at a Englebert Humperdink concert...not good. so I found this in the drawers (not SMMs)

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    So now I had a 3 point connection, much better. No more shake.

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    So I hooked up the gas and installed a nice rubber bushing where the gas line passes through the cabinet.

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  19. pvangel

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    Sister Mary Margaret hitting it out of the park on the mattress covers! The light denim blue piping matches my eyes and pulls the whole build together!

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    So whats worse than a bed without a headboard ( no piano bar at the hotel bar but that's another story).

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    The pillow will fall of the end of the bed and a bad night of sleep will be had, but I had an idea....details to follow.

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  20. pvangel

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    Punch list items got done as well tonight...

    "crown" molding, ceiling molding,trim is in as well as I caulked every where I could.

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    Back door paint border was done last night,

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    PL400 premium on the FRP (hope it works?)

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    Installed.

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