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« on: April 25, 2009, 02:03:06 PM »

So we had this dual axle with surge brakes trailer free now that the ancient boat had been disposed of...and it tracked behind the RV nicer than the single axle. And we could design our own rack and box, rather than use what someone else designed....so we did.

This is why more stuff didn't get done on the RV this winter. We were a little busy turning a regular boat trailer (that had held a 20' boat on bunks) into a raceboat trailer...

First thing was to cut the rear center support out. Since we weren't putting a huge boat with a heavy engine at the back, we didn't need it. Next was to fab up supports for the 27 gallon fuel tank that now sits between the axles (from the ancient boat). After that, cut the top of the bunks to make them flush with the sides (for extra support), then lay plywood on top. Then start building the box...initially just brad nails, but we added screws & glue later, then sealed with supposedly non-shrinking silicone (his choice, not mine).


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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2009, 02:05:04 PM »

The first pics just have plywood laid on top so we could put tarps over and not have puddles. The actual roof is bowed...for better rain shedding and also for a little more headroom inside.

The second shot has the bows, which Sam just cut from 2x4s, bowed with water and pressure, then glued & nailed together.


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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2009, 02:06:33 PM »

The top is exterior-grade lauan (the Phillipine plywood Griff has mentioned). All the plywood and lauan sheets have Thompson's water seal painted on. We will be painting the whole thing, but that comes a bit later.


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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2009, 02:09:53 PM »

Now, this is a motor box for the outboards, plus all the tools and goodies. So we need a stand the motors can ride securely on...the 2x6 just didn't seem like enough, so Sam glued and screwed another on the front of the box, then used threaded rod and washers/nuts at every joint to make sure the inside 2x6 wasn't going to go anywhere (it has screws from the outside of the sides of the box and screws inside to the 2x4s in front of it).

Also, the door pieces were rectangles and the roof is bowed, so Sam cut 2 pieces of lauan to fit, then glued them to the tops of the doors, then needed to sand to fit.


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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2009, 02:11:47 PM »

A detail of the corner, with screws into the 2x4 and then silicone liberally smushed into the joint. Plus a pic of the fitment of the door and one of the back with the floor piece. Which exists for two reasons: one to keep water and road dirt out while driving and the second to make it secure when needed.


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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2009, 02:12:58 PM »

First is of Sam sanding the door top pieces, second is after we put the hydro's bunks on and slid it in place and the third is the back with the toolbox approximately where it will live and the midsections and lower units on the motor stand.


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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2009, 02:14:30 PM »

The major goal of this project was to make it easier for me and Sam to load the boats by ourselves. On the other trailer, the runabout rode on framework above the hydro, requiring some serious lifting. On this, they will ride side-by-side, with the runabout slightly higher so the 2 can nestle together and be inside the 8' width requirement.


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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2009, 02:19:12 PM »

Last, we need a way to hold the doors close and lock them when needed. In the pic of door fitment above, you can see a 2x4 that sits about chest-high. That's to have something to hold the doors so they don't flop around (the ends have a chunk cut out so they fit against the back uprights). The bottoms just screw into the wood that sticks out on each side for more storage.

Sam took 2 hex head screws and ground a slot in each, then fit a strong washer into the slot, then welded them together. These provide easy handles to screw them into the 2x4 and also provide a nice slot to put a lock through.

I have a couple more pics to take, like of the finished runabout front support, a piece of channel we put at the front of the decking plywood for support, the motors on the midsections on the motor stand, more stuff in place in the box...stuff like that. Eventually, of the paint job, too.


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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2009, 08:20:21 PM »

Damn.....
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2009, 08:26:04 PM »

Is that good or bad?  Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2009, 05:28:18 AM »

Real good.
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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2009, 03:41:38 PM »

We got the outside painted today. Looks pretty good, too...

The extra rounded holes at the top are for the original stop/turn/tails. They install with a rubber grommet. Sam's only hooking them up to be stop/turn, just for added lights in driver's eyes so maybe they won't run into us. The 3-light bar across the top is also from the original trailer, again for more lights for people to see.


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« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2009, 05:36:46 AM »

Leeann, it looks great.
What kind of paint did you use?

You canNOT have enough lights.  What's the deal with people can't see big things.
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« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2009, 07:12:29 AM »

Just Glidden exterior satin, pure white. Nothing fancy, but it rolled on real nice (didn't brush on well, but enough to cut in) and gave really good coverage.

When it's sunny again, I'll get a pic with the lights in place. We have reflectors to add, too.

I don't know...they just aren't looking 'cause they're too busy with their cell phones, computers, kids....? There are accidents across the street from us every week. Why? Because the people simply do NOT see that there is a line of traffic stopped for a traffic light and they run into the back of the line. They don't see the cars, they don't see the light. I have absolutely no idea why, either.

So now our very white box is screaming out for some graphics. Something. Anything. That's next on the play with and figure out list.
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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2009, 01:25:45 PM »

Finally got a nice day to take pics...so here's the back with all the lights in place. And the right side, with the upper marker light installed, the lower rear reflector stuck on and the tape off the marker light behind the wheel  Grin

The dummies *should* be able to see us.

Also got a pic of the front without the boats in place. We had to take 'em off so we can finish painting  Cheesy


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