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Old 12-14-2015, 10:18 PM   #61
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Great write ups on your mods.

You pulled the windows and swapped the refer on a '15 trailer?
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Old 12-14-2015, 10:24 PM   #62
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Yes sir I did. Did have some things that pushed projects along faster than intended, like fridge issues. Nothing on the market exactly like what we want or expect, so we choose to buy "close enough", and make it how we want.
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Old 12-15-2015, 09:08 AM   #63
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I really like the size of your building. I want one.
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I really like the size of your building. I want one.
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Old 12-15-2015, 08:34 PM   #65
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Very few have took the grand tour of it, as it is in the middle of nowhere. But, if anybody is ever in the area, your welcome to stop by, have coffee or other beverages, and maybe even work on something. It's one of those places you can leave doors unlocked. It has roughly 6000 sq ft of space to work with, contains a welding shop, a wood shop, an apartment in the middle with everything you could need (washer, dryer, tub shower, small kitchen then living / sleeping area), lots of storage upstairs, and of course full hookups where that RV sits. I get asked sometimes if I won the lottery when looking at that shop. The answer is no. There was a time I was single. I've been offshore for 20 years, and at the time (2002), I was single, wanted a shop, and that's where my money went. A LOT of it, most of it, etc. Now, I couldn't afford to build one bay of it now, married, 3 kids, quite the different life, and income now. So, that's part of the story on the shop / building.
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Old 12-15-2015, 08:44 PM   #66
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Here's a floor plan of the shop. Very little has changed, besides the fact I'm out of room and out of places to add on.
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Here's a floor plan of the shop. Very little has changed, besides the fact I'm out of room and out of places to add on.
Man, I know guys who run their BUSINESS out of shops less equipped than that! A LOT less equipped! But like you said, times were good back when you built it, and I'd say it was money well spent. I would love to have something 1/4 that size. As it is, all I've got is my garage and driveway. Luckily, DW insists that vehicles go in the garage, so when i have a project, I just back the truck and her XTerra out, and I have a pretty nice open space to work in. So far all my tools fit around the perimeter and I have a nice spot for a work bench. Long materials get stored on the floor under the vehicles. It works for now...

Some day, I'll own some acreage further out of town. And some day I'll put a shop on that land... Gotta have goals!
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Man, I know guys who run their BUSINESS out of shops less equipped than that! A LOT less equipped! But like you said, times were good back when you built it, and I'd say it was money well spent. I would love to have something 1/4 that size. As it is, all I've got is my garage and driveway. Luckily, DW insists that vehicles go in the garage, so when i have a project, I just back the truck and her XTerra out, and I have a pretty nice open space to work in. So far all my tools fit around the perimeter and I have a nice spot for a work bench. Long materials get stored on the floor under the vehicles. It works for now...

Some day, I'll own some acreage further out of town. And some day I'll put a shop on that land... Gotta have goals!
That is exactly what I am doing. We just sold the house and we are to be out by Monday. Packing, packing, and more packing.

Not sure where I am moving too so I bought two shipping containers to store all my stuff. A friend is letting me keep them at his place until I get a piece of land of my own.

So, I bought the RV to stay in until I figure out where I am going to live and what the property will or not have when purchased.

I will go from there.

I was thinking of a shop 20' x 20'. But now with the RV, it looks like one wall will have to be a minimum of 50-55'.

I should never have seen BigJohns building. Just like the TT, I was looking at the JayFlight 34RSBS and you can see what I wound up acquiring.

Thanks for the floorplan attachment. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
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An Oldie I Never Posted

I never did post this, but it's really not a mod. The accessory hitch that you can get on the Jay Flights is ok. It serves it's purpose, and being rated at 300 lbs, you can put a few good things back there if you wanted to. BUT, how many people have looked at the angle iron brackets that are welded to the frame to receive the hitch? 3 - 1" stitch welds per side. That's it. So maybe it will handle 300 lbs, static. I wouldn't want to test a dynamic load that big. So, first picture is the original welds, second picture is just one of the sides with a lot more weld. I also swapped out the Gr 5 bolts / nuts for Grade 8.
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Sheet Metal

I like the fact that Jayco puts sheet metal above the wheels to help prevent damage in the event of a blowout. Ours somehow suffered a little damage to the Darco in transit from Indiana to home. The Darco aft of the wheels looked as if they had ran through some sharp rocks and it punctured the Darco. Several small holes. I patched it all up with gorilla tape for the last year, but today I decided to put sheet metal from the wheels to the rear of the trailer. As long as you're running dry, all is good. If you're running in a monsoon, there is that chance of getting water up in the Darco (in our case with the punctures), which would wet the insulation and probably not dry out real quick. Not a necessity to put the sheet metal since I had patched the holes, but makes me feel better anyway.
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