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fulltimin

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Posted: 01/10/18 08:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is a shot from the side, right behind the pilot and co-pilot's seats.

There are 2 cross pieces of steel here in the near foreground, that were used to bolt the seat to.

This rv, had 2 seats and a small table just inside the entry door to the right, just behind the co-pilot's seat.



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As you can see, there is a piece of steel that I have already removed, sitting to the right.


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Posted: 01/10/18 08:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here is a closer shot of the 2 pieces of steel, with the holes that were used for the seat.



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This is what allowed Fleetwood to attach the seatbelts to the seat frame, because the base of the seat was bolted to the floor.

In order to access the nuts that hold the seat on, you need to open the storage compartment door underneath, because the nuts are inside that compartment.

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Posted: 01/11/18 04:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yeah, will be very informative! Would like to follow from start to finish.


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Posted: 01/11/18 08:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I did get to work on the floor today. Not as much as I wanted, but I did get some work done.

In this first pic, which is a shot of behind the pilot and co-pilot's seats, is what needs to be dealt with first.

The red circles, indicate 4 bolts which bolt the floor to the chassis frame.

The 2 yellow arrows, show the floor joists which are not attached to the chassis frame, other than laying on top of it, but were welded to the sides.



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Right at the very front of the coach frame, are 2 floor joists that run from side to side.

In this pic, if you look closely, at the very end of the arrows, you can see 2 joists which are welded together.

The one joist is bolted to the frame, (red circle), the other is not, but being welded together, they act as one.

The plywood in front of the joists, is screwed to the front joist, from the other side.



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Posted: 01/11/18 09:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is a pic of the left side, behind the pilots seat.

This particular piece, at the end of the red arrow, was not replaced earlier, like the rest of the drivers side. This piece actually looked pretty good, so I didn't replace it, earlier.

You can see the inside of the 1.5 x 1.5 floor joist, has a bunch of rust, but I think that was from the piece I had replaced earlier, which if you remember, was rusted off.

I think this rust, just accumulated from that other steel behind it. This piece actually looked pretty good when I cut it apart to remove it.

It was easier to cut this apart to remove it.



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Posted: 01/11/18 09:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is a pic of the left side behind the pilots seat.

The red lines indicate floor joists that I removed today, and will be replaced with new steel.

I will say, that it was easier to remove the welds that Fleetwood put into this floor, that the welds that I put in. Lol...



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This is the right side of the floor, behind the co-pilots seat.

Again, the red lines indicate where the floor joists were removed, and will be replaced.



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Just curious. Are you planning on attaching the joists to the frame that were not originally bolted on? Do you think that might improve rigidity of the box, or just be redundant?


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STBRetired wrote:

Just curious. Are you planning on attaching the joists to the frame that were not originally bolted on? Do you think that might improve rigidity of the box, or just be redundant?


I've kinda been kickin that can around for a few days. I think it might help stiffen it a little, although, I'm not sure it would make a huge difference, unless the coach is in a serious stress condition.

In the case of a rollover, it may make a difference, but under normal conditions, probably not too much.

The original joists have an ever so slight downward bow in them, because all the weight of the coach, walls, cabinets, roof, everything is being supported by those joists.

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