Benroy on the prairies

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Benroy on the prairies

Postby ghamo » Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:20 pm

Well we pulled the trigger and bought a 41 year old homebuilt 5x8 utility trailer. Good thing they make a sturdy trailer base in 1978, only problem was someone had painted over the VIN. Luckily we were buying it in a small town and after a quick phone call from the owner to the insurance agency everything got sorted out.

In the end we have a solid base for our 5ish x 8 benroy build.Image

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Re: Benroy on the prairies

Postby ghamo » Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:30 pm

First thing first was to get the old floor off and cut away all the unnecessary steel and clean the trailer up. Also welded some new steel to help brace the tongue and repaired the couple welds that didn't survive it's first 40 years. Also used a steel brush on a grinder to clean away most of the surface rust.ImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby ghamo » Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:42 pm

Next we hit it with a solid hit of rust converter before painting it with a few cans of rustoleum. Also got some Jacks for the back corners, and got the floor on and sealed up with a very healthy coat of roofing tar/sealent. We have opted for the no floor insulation beyond our mattress, if we find the mattress isn't enough I think we can retroactively get insulation in the bottom frame with minimal headache.

Luckily we got all this done before the snow started falling. We don't have a garage so we will have to leave the trailer is until we get back up to temperatures that will let glue dry. So the plan is to get everything we can built in the woodshop all winter and as soon as we get back above -7C (hopefully early April) we will assemble it all together and hopefully be good to go for our already booked site may long weekend.ImageImageImageImageImage

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Re: Benroy on the prairies

Postby ghamo » Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:48 pm

We have a plan! And found some great windows at a local scrapyard. For the low price of 35$ each we got some windows. Unfortunately the door will not be so easy and suppliers are minimal in Canada. So until we get a door we won't touch the door wall. But with a window we could make the skeleton of the window wall with 3/4 spruce plywood. The plan is to skin both sides with 1/8" birch, then epoxy and paint the exterior.ImageImageImageImageImage

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Re: Benroy on the prairies

Postby rjgimp » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:36 am

Great start! Something that has survived that long with relatively few issues is sure to make a fine base for your project.
-Rob


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just as soon as the steering committee gets around to scheduling one!
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Re: Benroy on the prairies

Postby ghamo » Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:11 am

Well progress has been slowly been coming along on the trailer. We managed to get a door, after a very steep 620$CAD we got a door shipped across the border from Aero teardrops. Seems like a good door, so hopefully it was worth it.

Having the door meant we could also cut the skeleton of the wall that will contain the door in again 3/4" plywood.

I also found some 3/4" insulation that was cut to fit into all the slots and the walls were then ready for skinning.

We have decided to do 1/8" birch on both the exterior and interior walls, and got one side glued and stapled on. Only 3 more sides to go.ImageImageImageImageImage

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