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Old 01-15-2015, 02:35 AM   #1
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Hello everyone. Just wanted to share some of what's been going on in my life.
I used to have a Wildwood TT. Hence my user name My wife has MS ( Multiple Sclerosis ) and can no longer walk. She has to use a power chair. With that I couldn't see holding onto the TT so I sold it.
Here's a pic of my old setup:



So as I was selling my Wildwood my DW and I decided a toy hauler would be beneficial. I could haul either my 4wheeler or Harley and she could use the ramp back door to enter and exit.

With my current TV I couldn't go crazy because of the total towing capacity of my truck. I have a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. Total weight for towing is 6500lbs.

I knew I couldn't afford a new vehicle so finding a toy hauler was going to be a challenge. Especially one I could find in the towing weight range I was looking for.

So it took awhile of searching and I found the toy hauler I thought would work great for us. I ran across this:



It's a 2008 Adrenaline Blast 150mph

So when I bought it I noticed one section of floor felt mushy. The previous owner assured me everything was good. No rott and so forth.
Did mention it had a water leak but he fixed it. :roll eyes:

Took the setup out for a nice vacation in Wisconsin. On the way home I stopped and did a quick look in the back to see if everything was ok.
Open the door and my Harley is leaning up against one of the fold up beds.
Was I PO'D!

In this pic near the red strap you can see the floor tie down has popped out:



Long story short, the bike was ok and I decided that winter was fast approaching so I was going to see if there was rott or what...

Here is some of the process:



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Old 01-15-2015, 02:42 AM   #2
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There was mold under the diamond plate and on the floor. So upon taking the vinyl or whatever type floor it was there was noticeable water damage :







I couldn't believe what I was seeing. So I was over whelmed as to what to do.
With motivation from a good neighbor and friends I decided to fix it.



There was a lot of wood to replace.
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Old 01-15-2015, 02:50 AM   #3
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So fast forward to today and many , many hours of labor. I'm getting closer to being happy with it. Still have the plywood to lay down and so forth. Here is what it looks like :





Here's a quick vid :

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Old 01-15-2015, 02:57 AM   #4
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So one day I was under the trailer and I notice cracks in the frame :







So I'm really irked now I have more stuff to repair.

As I was going over the paper work I was givin, I notice the frame is made by a company named Lippert. So I did a quick google search. Seems like a common problem with that company.

Guess I've got to find a good welder now.

Have a good one....
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Old 01-15-2015, 07:46 AM   #5
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Very nice write up with pics!
Unfortunately I think the guy reeled you in on this purchase
Find a reputable welder and get it healed up.
Short as your unit is I'd plate the whole frame and you'll be set.
I hope you get to enjoy it soon!
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Old 01-15-2015, 08:26 AM   #6
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I almost bought a used one of these myself. In checking it over I found water inside on the seat cushions & inside the window frames. The owner says he & the wife washed the TH yesterday. #1 it didn't look like it had been washed & #2 why is the interior wet if you washed the outside?
I found a few more small issues but was still willing to buy but he was firm on $8500 for a 10 year old (I believe) camper. I passed on it. I didn't even look underneath.
But you have made lemonade out of the lemon it seems & it is looking good.
Just curious, what or how did you attach the tie downs to the floor?
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Old 01-15-2015, 08:27 AM   #7
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When it's all said and done you'll have a rig much better than the factory ever thought about putting out and you'll have the confidence to tie you bike down without worrying because you built it right.

Is it possible to run a metal plate to the frame for your floor tie downs? Might take a little fab work.

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Old 01-15-2015, 04:02 PM   #8
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The floor tie down had one bolt that goes through the center. Then on the top and bottom there are small lag type bolts that hold it also.
The middle bolt goes through part of the frame. The problem with that is, the bolt sticks out in the elements underneath the RV. The bolt then gets rusted and it no longer can hold the tie down properly.

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I'm going to put new tie downs with new bolts and nuts so hopefully it doesn't pull through like it did.

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Old 01-15-2015, 04:14 PM   #9
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That's quite a project you have on your hands! The frame can be fixed, but make sure your welder has credentials for structural repair! Mending plates are in order as well to reinforce. That's not a stainless bolt is it? Hard to tell from the picture. If it is, don't use it! Instead get yourself some a proper grade steel fasteners with yellow-zinc or an ultra-coat anti-corrosion coating on them. You can always add some undercoating, wax, etc. where they are exposed below deck for more protection. Good luck with your project, and I hope you and your wife get out camping with it soon!
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Use fender washers on the bottom
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Old 01-15-2015, 04:44 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone for the input. Took a break from the RV to install grab bars for the wife recently.

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I'm not sure what type of bolts I did get. Will look at them later this evening.


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Old 01-16-2015, 06:54 PM   #12
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USPS dropped off a package today. Might do some work on the toy hauler this weekend. I think I'm going to lay the plywood down. We'll see..

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Did a small amount of work tonight. Going to be installing the plywood any day now. Just wanted to get part of the floor straight.

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Also looked to see if the new bolts were stainless or not. Couldn't tell

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You do not want to use those for the ties downs. Those are plain steel machine screws and not up to task because they are not load-rated. Those tie-down actually get a fair amount of load transferred to them when your bike wants to lean. Looking at the construction of those tie-downs, a single Grade 5 cap screw (laymen just call these bolts) through the center hole of the tie-down through trailer frame is more than enough as it would be stronger than the tie-down. The other two holes are usually just lagged or riveted to the decking.
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I didn't even think about the bolt under a load. Totally slipped my mind !! Thanks Geotx1 , I could definitely have seen more issues down the road because of a bolt not up to par
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I didn't even think about the bolt under a load. Totally slipped my mind !! Thanks Geotx1 , I could definitely have seen more issues down the road because of a bolt not up to par
Happy to help! Hope you get it back together soon!
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I would use stainless steel carriage bolts in a 5/16th or 3/8 inch diameter.
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I was going to chime in with the "use some Grade 5 Bolts" recommendation, but someone beat me to it. Those machine screws you had would bend like a pretzel, or just snap. Also, +1 on the fender washers, and nylock nuts too. Once it's in place and torqued down, spray the exposed bolt underneath with some black rust proofing paint (like rustoleum or the like) to keep it from rusting/corroding. Looks good!
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You have quite a project there.

But I want to comment on your first part of the original post. When I read the first few lines, I thought to myself. Can he not find a way to modify a camper so that his wife can use her chair. Are there no options?

And then I saw that you had purchased a toy hauler and I felt a tear well up. I am so glad you were able to get something that works.

God bless you and your lovely wife.

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