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Old 05-26-2018, 07:47 PM   #461
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Made a support tab...



and added another threaded insert to screw the tab to...





Dry fit...



Plenty of leg clearance...



Primed, painted, and final installation...





Nice when ya got the tools.....

...more to come...
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Old 05-26-2018, 08:00 PM   #462
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I also got this out of the way. The spare tire carrier was a mess.

I could make a new one but I didn't want to.

Here it is...









I bead-blasted the loose rust off of it, so that I could paint it with POR-15 paint...





My helper...or rather, my job-slow-downer. This dog will bring you a rubber ball 500 times a day for you to throw, so that he can fetch it.

He is truly an athlete. He can make the most amazing jumping, over-the-shoulder, catches that you've ever seen in your life....








No pics of it, but I also top coated it with POR-15 Topcoat paint.

Busy day...

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Old 05-27-2018, 04:41 AM   #463
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You do realize that with all those pictures you have created SHOP & TOOL ENVY here on the boards!!!!!!
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Old 05-27-2018, 06:50 AM   #464
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You do realize that with all those pictures you have created SHOP & TOOL ENVY here on the boards!!!!!!
That's funny.

What's even funnier is that, while I have quite a collection of metal working tools, my woodworking tools consist of a hack saw and a ball peen hammer......

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Old 05-27-2018, 10:10 AM   #465
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I am so jealous of that ironworker. It's not a tool you'll use every day, but when you need one there is nothing better. If you lived next door to me I'd be a most bothersome neighbor!
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Old 05-27-2018, 04:30 PM   #466
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I am so jealous of that ironworker. It's not a tool you'll use every day, but when you need one there is nothing better. If you lived next door to me I'd be a most bothersome neighbor!
It sure speeds up a job!

That will punch a 1.375" hole in 1/2" thick steel....way faster than drilling!

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Old 05-27-2018, 08:08 PM   #467
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Insane 1999 Wildwood repair....pic heavy!

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I start with the app Tv Towers to see an overall view of stations. I then switch to DTV Antennas. Each station shows up as a compass heading and you also get a mileage number to each station and if the data base thinks you are to far to pick it up.


Regarding TV Towers app: On my Android phone, once it is installed, it is called "TV Towers". In the App store it is called TV Tower, Digital TV Antennas. Go figure.


The TV Towers USA app by Generally Helpful Software is all I use. This is on Apple. I did not buy the bundle.

Open it. Touch compass. Hold phone flat in front of you. Rotate 360 degrees in place and see stations as your direction changes.

For an overview select map. Touch the small circle to center map for your current location. Touch a specific station for their broadcast radius. Touch pop up bubble for channel number and compass. Rotate in place until yellow line is between two green lines.

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Old 05-27-2018, 08:47 PM   #468
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I also got this out of the way. The spare tire carrier was a mess.

I could make a new one but I didn't want to.

Here it is...

I bead-blasted the loose rust off of it, so that I could paint it with POR-15 paint...





My helper...or rather, my job-slow-downer. This dog will bring you a rubber ball 500 times a day for you to throw, so that he can fetch it.



Rich
Man I am not real sure about them welds they are looking ugly. You might want to remake that .

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That's funny.

What's even funnier is that, while I have quite a collection of metal working tools, my woodworking tools consist of a hack saw and a ball peen hammer......

Rich
Never seen ball peen hammers used in woodworking, but then I never did much woodworking. However the ball peen is a blacksmith's best friend, no better way to set hot, hand hammered rivets. I have done too many of them.
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Old 05-28-2018, 06:51 AM   #469
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The TV Towers USA app by Generally Helpful Software is all I use. This is on Apple. I did not buy the bundle.

Open it. Touch compass. Hold phone flat in front of you. Rotate 360 degrees in place and see stations as your direction changes.

For an overview select map. Touch the small circle to center map for your current location. Touch a specific station for their broadcast radius. Touch pop up bubble for channel number and compass. Rotate in place until yellow line is between two green lines.

Hope this helps.

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That helps a lot, Paul. Thank you.

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Man I am not real sure about them welds they are looking ugly. You might want to remake that .


Never seen ball peen hammers used in woodworking, but then I never did much woodworking. However the ball peen is a blacksmith's best friend, no better way to set hot, hand hammered rivets. I have done too many of them.
That's the joke of it (tools..)....

Funny that you mention the ugly factory welds. I was thinking the same thing.

If this camping thing works out for us, I can see myself making a new rear cross member with a receiver hitch.

I'll probably make a new tire carrier to go along with it.

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[QUOTE=rollscanardly;1819022]Sell it!!!......

Okay...how much??.....



I'll be honest with you. I try to do a good job, but the workmanship always looks better in the pics than it does "live"...so, if we ever meet, don't look too closely!....



Really? I have always thought that you welders were too modest
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Sell it!!!......

Okay...how much??.....



I'll be honest with you. I try to do a good job, but the workmanship always looks better in the pics than it does "live"...so, if we ever meet, don't look too closely!....



Really? I have always thought that you welders were too modest
Thanks! Coming from you, that's quite a compliment!

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So much to learn...thank you, Jay.

That day, I just hooked everything up and turned the TV on. I didn't play with the antenna direction, or anything. Should be fun to figure all that stuff out.

Sounds like you've got it down to a science!

Rich

I use AntennaWeb.org - Antenna Signal Prediction. Just enter the zip code (or the entire address for a more accurate result) and a list & map will come up showing how many and from which direction (degrees with miles) the stations are from you. Then I just aim the antenna in the direction of "the most stations" or at least at the station we watch the most.

But, I must say, I will check out the smart phone apps that have been mentioned on this thread. Always willing to find the easy route!
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I use AntennaWeb.org - Antenna Signal Prediction. Just enter the zip code (or the entire address for a more accurate result) and a list & map will come up showing how many and from which direction (degrees with miles) the stations are from you. Then I just aim the antenna in the direction of "the most stations" or at least at the station we watch the most.

But, I must say, I will check out the smart phone apps that have been mentioned on this thread. Always willing to find the easy route!
Yes, please check it out. That way you can let me know which one is better!....

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Top light cover

I am looking for a light cover for the top of my Solera 2014. Can i order it from Forest River?
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I am looking for a light cover for the top of my Solera 2014. Can i order it from Forest River?
Not sure, but I'll bet if you give the OP a nice sheet of aluminum I'm sure he can stamp out something that will work!
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All I can say is WOW! I have a 98 Four Winds 240 that I found water damage in after I bought it. I opened the walls up and thought I got everything fixed up but now about six years later I found water damage again this spring. A lack of time and not wanting to spend all my spare time fixing again I found a 2015 Puma 253 FBS and bought it. Now I have the old 98 sitting here waiting to be cleaned up and hang a for sale sign in the window. I just need someone like you Rich. You have done great work.
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All I can say is WOW! I have a 98 Four Winds 240 that I found water damage in after I bought it. I opened the walls up and thought I got everything fixed up but now about six years later I found water damage again this spring. A lack of time and not wanting to spend all my spare time fixing again I found a 2015 Puma 253 FBS and bought it. Now I have the old 98 sitting here waiting to be cleaned up and hang a for sale sign in the window. I just need someone like you Rich. You have done great work.
I'm retired..........

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The new battery ( new version of the exact same one that the PO had in there).



Well, it seems as though the battery's dimensions have changed somewhat. The cover would not go on all the way...

At first I thought that it was because of the new battery cables. So, I notched the cover...



That didn't do it......

So, I slit all four corners of the cover to allow it to "expand". That worked, so I taped up all the cuts...



I had been wanting to do something about 3 of the exterior doors. First, they had some tears in the thin aluminum sheet metal.

Plus, these doors are notorious for mold stains. I've washed them in the past, but it doesn't take long for the stains to re-appear...











...more to come...
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I scrubbed the doors with a Scotchbrite pad, and a solution of bleach/water.

Followed by a rinse of Dawn/hot water...

After washing...



I used this stuff for sealing the cracks. It has "give", and is paintable. I've used this before, in my house...works well.



After the sealant dried, I painted the doors with a mold-proof bathroom paint that we painted our bathroom ceiling with over 20 years ago.

Prior to us doing that, our bathroom ceiling had quite a bit of mold on it.

Since we used this paint, not one speck of mold! So, hopefully it'll work here, too. Time will tell.

After 2 coats of paint...





Originally, I was going to go to Home Depot and buy a sheet of FRP Wallboard...https://www.homedepot.com/p/4-ft-x-8...ca%7B547831%7D, and take the doors apart and re-skin them.

I figured I'd try painting, first.
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Old 06-10-2018, 05:32 PM   #480
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Not being one to take chances, I decided to install one of these traveling awning lock pins...








So, that's it for now.

I'm getting to the point where I will have to start to figure out what to do to a camper that has been sitting for about 7 years.

Like, should I clean all the tanks out? Fill the water system up, run everything to check for leaks?

I still have to run all the propane appliances to make sure that I know what I'm doing.

This is all brand new to me.

Suggestions welcome!!

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