Big Hole in COACH !!!

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  1. slickmouse

    slickmouse Read Only Funster

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    Hi Guys

    Started to put the shower in and to do this i have had to cut a hole in the floor of the coach/motorhome, not as easy as you might think!

    I'm having to sink it in because of the glass i have for the shower doors, the base by the way is a very heavy resin type.

    What i have to do now is cut away the metal support and move it underneath and to then make up a few other supports, after that its only the plumbing, wiring, erecting a wall or two, tiling, putting the pump in.........:Rofl1:
     

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    i like a guy who shows confidence in what he's doing.:thumb::thumb::BigGrin::Wink:

    rather you than me though:Eeek:.....good luck.
     
  3. Caravanning

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    Careful with what you are cutting away as those metal sections form the deign strength of the vehicle structure.
     
  4. madbluemad

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    I woudnt even think about trying something like that. Im the type of guy who knows a man that does !!

    Good Luck

    :Eek!:
     
  5. American Dream

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    I'm glad that hole isn't in my Bus!!!!:Rofl1:

    I'll do most things including cutting and welding, but fair comment.Mind the structural bracing.:thumb:

    All the best of luck with the refit.Saves on having a Black/grey water tank.:Rofl1:
     
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    Why are you fitting a great heavy resin base??? They weigh a ton and there are much lighter options available to you including stainless steel. Think how much in the long term its going to cost you in fuel humping that big thing around the country:Eeek:

    How about a timber box that is tiled over?? This would also be much easier to fit. :Wink:

    Good luck with it whatever you choose :thumb:
     
  7. American Dream

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    I must admit I was thinking along the same lines Dazzer.:thumb:
     
  8. Caravanning

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    As it is being fitted into a coach, and looking at the pictures, quite a large vehicle, the weight of a shower unit will be insignificant to overall fuel usage.
     
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    All adds up must have nearly a ton in my lockers:Doh::RollEyes:
     
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    Hi

    A few reasons, I bought it ages ago cost a fortune and its taking up room! as for the weight its a 39.9 foot Coach and the weight is not a problem.

    The weight of it is good for any movement that will take place and there will be room for Two :thumb:

    I will be bracing it up to protect the structure.

    Will take more pics at the weekend as i hope to have the base in place as well as a few other things
     
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    Blimey and I am scared to drill a hole:Doh::RollEyes:
     
  12. bobandjanie

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    Hi there is no way I would make a hole in my floor like that. :Doh:



    I would get the wife to do it.:Rofl1:


    I know when we had to cut the hole for our Gaslow Filler in the side of the van, it's a bit of a worry, but once you start thats it get on with it.

    Good Luck with your project. Bob.:thumb:
     
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    Hmmm weight may not be an issue but I think you will find that the length is I believe that motorhomes are restricted to 39 feet or 12 metres (hence all the problems with RVs), so you won't be able to register this vehicle as a motorhome!

    Regards Pat
     
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    Yep, as Pat says - come next April when, I believe, the official Dept of Transport report will be published - a motorhome will be restricted to 12 metres long (39ft 4 inches) by 2.6 metres wide ( 8ft 6 inches). That was what UKRV discovered when he used the Freedom of Information Act on the DoT recently.
     
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    So best register it before that date then I guess, ASSUMING THE LAW THEN DOES NOT WORK RETROSPECTIVELY.:Doh:
     
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    moving goal posts

    retrospectively is a much used word when it come to the government, look how many people in the LEZ have had to change vehicles, now tax increases on older vehicles previously exempt the price hike, no sorry no one in government understands fixed goalposts, they just keep moving them. No understanding of the real world, or consideration for those of us fighting for survival in it is the cause of the problem
     
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    It's all been done, its registered as a Motorhome, taxed and MOT'd as that too
    scouting around for seperate fully comp insurance and so far had a quote of £348 not bad, includes £2k contents and 90 day cover abroad, legal insurance and windscreen. I'm happy :Cool:
     
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    I assumed that as it is a coach it was already registered and there might have been a problem to change the classification to camper/motorhome!

    Let's hope you don't get stopped and measured!!!

    Regards Pat
     
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    Nice one.:thumb:

    Worst case ...take the bumpers off.That'll lose you .5 feet...:Rofl1:

    I assume you're ok on the width.
     
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    Hi Guys

    Today i had to cut out a small section in the shower base

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    The strengthening bar was in the way so i cut the top of the base

    after that i had to install the brackets for the joists which are to support the base and i had to drill through the body for this. I remover the Black rubbing strip which runs along the exterior of the coach and drilled through the body the the metal chassis, i had to use coach bolts but as the heads were a bit big i had to cut them a wee bit, you can see in a picture one bolt cut and the other not.

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    I used all stainless bolts and nylon nuts also injected some no more nails in the cavity

    I will weld the brackets on this side for more strength

    Now what i have to do is install the brackets on the other side.

    I hope you can understand what i am trying to do:thumb:
     
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