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RE: Tearing down an RV safely

Invite all the local teenagers. Tell then you have a case of beer that says they cannot have this thing on the ground in pieces inside an hour. Once I get everything out of it that is salvageable, it will come down in about that time with me doing it.
swimmer_spe 01/30/21 05:57pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tearing down an RV safely

Strip the inside. Remove the outer skin and insulation. Add a lit match. There shouldn't be enough heat from what little wood is in the framing to warp the steel frame. I don't have a big enough clearing to do the last part....
swimmer_spe 01/30/21 03:32pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tearing down an RV safely

Swimmer, The most dangerous thing (after the millions of staples) is that the structure may collapse on you when things are removed. To date, I have three friends that got injured this way. One of these even collapsed with the rear wall still in place. The other two had both ends open. One had been braced by a pair of 2*4s in the middle, but someone kicked one loose and down it went. All these cases, be sure to have a camera man, you could get the 10,000$ on America's stupidest people.... Sorry, you are in Sudbury, well maybe there is Canadian version. Whatever, just keep thinking what can go wrong. Matt Once the stuff besides structure is removed from in the trailer, it will be taken down from the outside.
swimmer_spe 01/27/21 06:53pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tearing down an RV safely

If I take it tot he dump, it'll cost me more than tearing it apart and taking the pieces to the dump. Also, if the frame is good, I'm making a flatbed out of it. Rent a small excavator for a weekend, dig a large hole, then use the machine to rip the structure from the frame. Bury the metal, burn the remainder. Mostly a waste of time and money as the frame will probably need a lot of reinforcement added to be used as a cargo or utility trailer, and the axle capacity will most likely not cover its repurposed use after conversion. A deck substantial enough to use will weigh as much as the box you ripped off the top. It would be cheaper to buy one designed for the intended purpose. Around here local auto salvage or scrap yards will take them free, some will even pay you for them. I'll likely spend about $1k on the project. A new trailer that matches my needs would easily cost $5k. If the frame is not worth keeping, then I will look at going to a new trailer.
swimmer_spe 01/24/21 09:30pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tearing down an RV safely

Also, if the frame is good, I'm making a flatbed out of it. But you said the frame is rotten... This spring, I will be taking apart a 1975 trailer that the frame is rotten and may not even survive the winter. The 2 frame rails that run the length of the trailer are solid. The bumper could be pulled off by hand. The rest, I don't know. The reason for it not surviving the winter is the fact that the wood frame is what is really rotten. If we get a good snow load, it will come down. If I am not careful on the roads, it might come down. Besides, ripping it apart, I can get money for the scrap, whereas bringing it to the dump, I'll need to pay for it.
swimmer_spe 01/21/21 09:43pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tearing down an RV safely

Put a carefully worded ad on Craigslist or Kijiji. Put humour into it. Any old roach of a piece of junk I always get rid of that way. I never have to haul anything to the dump. People will take anything. FREE attracts all the vultures.... I mean thrifty shoppers who will take ANYTHING if it costs them nothing. Something like this: Free! One well used travel trailer (describe make and model) This beauty is but a shadow of its former glory! Well past its days of providing relaxation and comfort, this less than gorgeous rotting hulk is sure to upset all your neighbors when you drag it home! In fact, on a quiet night you can lay there and listen to it rot away.... But just think of the fun you will have calling for help when you fall through the floor, screaming for help! OK, this old pig is less than cherry, but it is FREE! Yes, you read correctly, free. Bring your tow vehicle and I will even hook it up for you. Heck, if you happen to be the lucky recipient and show up first, I will even throw in a well worn leaky old tarp so you can pretend to keep it from leaking and rotting any further! Don't wait, don't hesitate, I can already hear the thunder of people rushing to my front door to take advantage of my incredible offer. But bring a mask and rubber gloves, it kinda smells and you don't want to catch anything by touching it..... Yes, it's a fixer upper, more like a tearer downer, but it's free! Pictures? Heck yeah, just email me and I'll send you all the pics you want of this poor lifeless old relic! But seriously, I'm sure you can use this old heap for something.... Maybe a chicken coop?.. The possibilities are endless! Your wife will love you more! :B:B She loves it when I have projects that will keep me out of her hair.
swimmer_spe 01/21/21 08:58am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tearing down an RV safely

If I take it tot he dump, it'll cost me more than tearing it apart and taking the pieces to the dump. Also, if the frame is good, I'm making a flatbed out of it. Rent a small excavator for a weekend, dig a large hole, then use the machine to rip the structure from the frame. Bury the metal, burn the remainder. Mostly a waste of time and money as the frame will probably need a lot of reinforcement added to be used as a cargo or utility trailer, and the axle capacity will most likely not cover its repurposed use after conversion. A deck substantial enough to use will weigh as much as the box you ripped off the top. It would be cheaper to buy one designed for the intended purpose. Around here local auto salvage or scrap yards will take them free, some will even pay you for them. The trailer had a rated weight of about 2500 kgs.Once it is cleared off, if the frame is still good, I'll bring it to a friend who welds. They will reinforce the parts that need to be. The deck will be 3/4 plywood, which would be good for side by sides, quads, snow machines, or other lighter things. It would not be for hauling my truck or anything real heavy.
swimmer_spe 01/21/21 08:56am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tearing down an RV safely

If I take it tot he dump, it'll cost me more than tearing it apart and taking the pieces to the dump. Also, if the frame is good, I'm making a flatbed out of it.
swimmer_spe 01/20/21 05:04pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tearing down an RV safely

If removing roof mounted items, lay a sheet of plywood down to spread your weight on the old trailer. I remove everything held by screws first. I use a cordless drill and remove every screw I can find and throw those in a container. Then pull out those items held by the screws, using a flat pry bar or two, and cutting away any sealing putty. If you can pull or peel off aluminum sheeting before tearing apart the frame, do so. All the aluminum can be recycled. Also the copper tubing and wiring. During any demo, I try hard not to swap out tools too much. Use the drill as much as I can, then prybars & hammer, last comes the sawing. Too easy to lose tools in the destruction. There is nothing on the roof that is worth salvaging. There isn't an a/c unit. the vents are ok, but are not in the greatest shape.
swimmer_spe 01/20/21 10:22am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tearing down an RV safely

The main energy source remaining is gravity. Pay attention to that and all should be well. That is the biggest one that worries me. My hope is to be able to direct those forces in a controlled manner.
swimmer_spe 01/20/21 09:20am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tearing down an RV safely

Yep, definitely watch out for those staples! ;) My approach to scrapping travel trailers has typically been to strip out the interior cabinets, windows, and appliances, and then tear off the ends from the outside with the sides braced. Once that's done, I just pull out the brace(s) on one side and let the walls collapse to the side so the rest of the tear down can be done at ground level. My favorite tool for the job is a sawzall with a demolition or rescue blade that cuts both wood and metal with ease. That is basically my plan. Just want to make sure I have removed the energy sources.
swimmer_spe 01/20/21 08:37am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tearing down an RV safely

Nope, shouldn't be any surprises. RV's from that era were pretty simple. Sounds like you are good to go. Make sure your tetanus shot is current, as there will be 50,000 staples trying to get you. Tetanus shot is up to date. I have already had to deal with many, many rusty staples.
swimmer_spe 01/19/21 09:58pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Tearing down an RV safely

This spring, I will be taking apart a 1975 trailer that the frame is rotten and may not even survive the winter. Once it is here, no propane will be hooked up, the batteries will be removed, and the shore power will not be connected. As well, no water will be connected. Are there any potential energy sources I might be not thinking of?
swimmer_spe 01/19/21 09:39pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Jacking up an RV

So this will be a semi permanent raising? Bottle jack under bottom spring leaf next to axle & lift as planned. Up, transfer weight back to wheel, re block, lift again, transfer etc. till you are at the height you want to be. Yes, it will be semi permanent. That was what I was avoiding having to do, but it sounds like the best way to prevent damage.
swimmer_spe 11/14/20 08:18am Tech Issues
RE: Jacking up an RV

1999 Rockwood Ultralight Plan is to jack it up, slide boars under the tires, and the lower the jack back down. Sliding a boar under the tires is dangerous. They are mean and will try to bite you. Also, they will probably get away before you can lower the jacks back down. Sorry..............couldn't resist. You win!!!! So, How else do you get a boar under an RV?
swimmer_spe 11/13/20 07:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Jacking up an RV

I cannot do ramps. There is a bar that hangs down to catch the curb at the back that would prevent me from using ramps. Those would catch the ramps.
swimmer_spe 11/13/20 12:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Jacking up an RV

I use a floor jack with a stack of 2x4s to get the height needed. Jack point is the frame close to the spring hanger. Then I set the frame on 12T jack stands. To just change a single tire I use a small hydraulic to lift the axle direct just enough to get the tire half inch off the ground. I jack on the U-bold to avoid axle tube damage. What work are you doing? Parking it at a seasonal site but needing it high enough for the honey wagon to get under the pipe.
swimmer_spe 11/13/20 06:30am Tech Issues
Jacking up an RV

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swimmer_spe 11/12/20 07:53pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Jacking up an RV

1999 Rockwood Ultralight I need to raise it up about a foot off the ground. Plan is to jack it up, slide boars under the tires, and the lower the jack back down. Can i just jack on the bumper without bending it or the frame? I would jack where the frame meets the bumper. How would you raise it up?
swimmer_spe 11/12/20 07:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Stripping down a rotten camper

You're going to have to add a lot of steel and a lot of labor to make a travel trailer frame into a car hauler. If you really want to build a car hauling trailer, it would be much easier to reuse only the axles and springs from the travel trailer. I don't even know if the frame or even the axles are any good. The trailer is scrap and it will be cheaper to rip it apart than to bring in one piese to the wreckers. If I can make a car hauler out of it, even better.
swimmer_spe 11/01/20 12:24pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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