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    Default Little LED dude

    This was in the trailer when I bought it ... way cool. takes three AAA batteries, the center light strip swivels up or down.

    Light Off:

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    Light On:

    LED On.jpg

    Really bright and shines enough to light up the whole inside of the trailer.

    If you look at the "Off" pic, between the bottom two LED's, you can barely see too little metal dots. All you do to turn it one is to put your finger on both of them. Of course, with my dry skin, I gotta lick my finger first, but, it's pretty cool. If I could find another two, I'd buy then for the tour pak and the trunk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FuzzyWuzHe View Post
    This was in the trailer when I bought it ... way cool. takes three AAA batteries, the center light strip swivels up or down.

    Light Off:

    LED Off.jpg

    Light On:

    LED On.jpg

    Really bright and shines enough to light up the whole inside of the trailer.

    If you look at the "Off" pic, between the bottom two LED's, you can barely see too little metal dots. All you do to turn it one is to put your finger on both of them. Of course, with my dry skin, I gotta lick my finger first, but, it's pretty cool. If I could find another two, I'd buy then for the tour pak and the trunk.
    Alan - Amazon has a two pack for under $10. Just search Sylvania Dot it Linear Swivel.....

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    Alan - Amazon has a two pack for under $10. Just search Sylvania Dot it Linear Swivel.....
    On It ... gotta make a Amazon order today anyway.

    Thinking I should replace the pneumatic shocks that hold the door up ... fell on my head when I was playing with the light.

    Also gonna order a 2" coupler and 2" ball ... be nice to have everything the same size ... not a lot of dry storage in the truck ...

    So I was taking mom to the airport ... major drama ... anyway, on the way out of the airport, there was a city truck with a trailer for lawn mowers and the like in front of me. He drove through a pretty decent sized puddle and water splashed up through the expanded metal floor of the trailer. Got me to thinking about my new wiring job. Even though the connectors I used are filled with dielectric grease, the wheels started turning.

    On the way home I stopped at AutoZone to get 1 more can of rubberized undercoating. Put the trailer back on the logs, sprayed a decent amount of the undercoating all over the wires and connectors .. Overkill??? .. probably ... but like my dear departed pops used to say ... "A pound of prevention is worth a ton of cure". (Dad was famous for "adjusting" sayings a tad)
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    Got two of the swivel lights ordered, and, found 2 pneumatic shocks with 25# lift capacity ordered too. Those should keep the lid from smacking my noodle ...
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    Ok..so just looked up these Sylvania linear lights. If you attach them to a surface then how do you change the batteries?... just slide them open? Let us know when you receive them. Thinking they might be a neat light to put inside the G Wing upper trunk lid...heck, maybe even the top of the lower trunk...
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    Quote Originally Posted by paws View Post
    Ok..so just looked up these Sylvania linear lights. If you attach them to a surface then how do you change the batteries?... just slide them open? Let us know when you receive them. Thinking they might be a neat light to put inside the G Wing upper trunk lid...heck, maybe even the top of the lower trunk...
    There is a backing plate that has velcro on it (at least on the little trailers) ... you remove the light with the backing plate, slide the plate off and change the batteries.

    I'm putting one on the tour pak and one in the trunk.
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    Default Holding Pattern

    Waiting for:

    new air shocks

    2" coupler

    2" ball

    So ... I just did a little "piddling" with the Little Girl. Did some touch up of "holidays" in the under coating. Mostly where the under coating "shrunk" or it was in weird angles ... yes .. I'm a bit annal ... LOL ... but I'm fairly certain that all connections are now water and dust tight.

    Under Coating 1.jpg

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    Next I played around with the little swivel light. The velcro on the little trailer was pretty worn. I replaced that with new. I pushed the trailer back into the back of the garage and waited until the garage light went off (thought about shutting the door, but, frankly ... I'm afraid it will get stuck again with me in there).

    Anyway, I was curious to see how much light the little LED would put into the trailer. This is a relatively big trailer box (40" x 48" x 24" ... about 26.7 cubic feet) to be behind a bike, not sure I would pull it behind two wheels. I am aware of it's girth and will be very cognizant of the weight I carry. Why do I bring that up, when you open the box in the back of the garage, it's kind of like looking into the great abyss ... I was wondering if maybe I might need two swivel lights ... LOL.

    Here is the abyss with the light off:

    Swivel Off.jpg

    Here it is with the light on:

    Swivel On.jpg

    Remember, the little light swivels and that beam of light can be adjusted to where you need it. I will never fill this thing .. LOL .. but, if I keep any weight low and spread out, I think the little light will provide ample light to find what I'm looking for, especially if it's organized in bags. I talked a little about that in the breakfast club thread.

    So a question for the masses. Do you think I should be concerned about "mounting" the spare and gas tank in the box or will they be okay if I just lay them in the bottom. Can't imagine a lot of moving of the spare. The gas tank might slide some, but, if I put it in the center rear and pack around it, I think it would be fine.

    So what say you ... LOL

    I haven't played with the logistics yet, but, I'm thinking (dangerous) that the spare will be front and center, next the gas tank middle and center, then a cooler (small cooler, enough for a jug of water, a couple sandwiches and maybe some fruit) back center. The sides will be where bags are put. I can't imagine ever having more that one layer deep in packing with maybe a jacket laying on top of the bags. I also thought of mounting the spare on one side and the fuel tank on the other, over the axle, would make loading easier by keeping the two large loads over the axle. This will be contingent on not interfering with the air shocks.

    Based on what I have said, I'm considering having All Metals take about 8" out of the height. If you remember, John's (the guy I bought this from) grand son works there. I think he'd do a good job, he built it. This is in the "do I need to" category. The pros would be that I would not be able to put huge amounts of stuff in it and get to a point of the tail wagging the dog (I know myself, give me 12 cu ft, I'll try to get 14 cu ft in it ... LOL. Next, It would be easier to reach stuff. The cons, spending $$ and there would probably be a line (weld) all around the box. Also, I would lose storage that I could use while not pulling it or when pulling it with the truck ... ... Not to mention, a lot more work for me ... Think I just made my decision ... leave well enough alone.

    Thanks for listening to the ramblings of an old ish man ... LOL.
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    Default Idea Rattling

    Okay, so once a thought finds it's way into my head, it just kind of rattles around until I act on it ... it can be painful ...

    So the latest billiard ball in there was what to do with the fuel can and spare. The rain clouds ended up being much ado about nothing, the sun came out and it got hot. Not too bad in the shade which means I had about two hours before the sun ruined my work area.

    Went out, pulled the trike out, eased the trailer out a bit and put the fuel can and spare in there. I tried both ways and took pics ... thought about starting a poll thread but figured the boss might fire me ... LOL.

    Here they are mounted flat looking back to front:

    Fuel Flat.jpg

    The only advantage I can find to this way is I'm done, no work or expense. The disadvantage is it makes the tongue a tad heavy, but there is nothing else in there. Also, harder to get to them.

    Here they are mounted vertical (just leaning against the wall) looking back to front:

    Fuel Verticle.jpg

    The advantages here are that getting to them is a piece of cake. Checking the spare tire pressure if I mount it stem up, is easy. Also, since they are right over the axle, the two heaviest things in the trailer are fairly neutral in respect to the affects on tongue weight. Only disadvantage would be a couple of screws through the wall of the trailer. They would be Stainless and sealed with silicon and a rubber gasket. I think I maybe could get by with a couple ratcheting straps to the tie downs in there, probably too heavy for bungies. Hmmm ... might have to look into that. Oh yea, the shocks don't interfere at all.

    So many decisions ... too much time (Oh my Lord, I'm becoming my Father ... guess I could become worse things ... )
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    Default Pneumatic Shocks, Mounts and 2" conversion

    Okay ... so yesterday the Amazon delivery came and all was well.

    I installed the pneumatic shocks, since I ordered the exact part that was there (but heavy duty) ... just pop the old off and pop the new on. At first I thought I messed up, but, then I realized that the new ones full expand and the old did not, new ones where almost 1/2" longer ... . The really good news ... just one shock holds the lid up well, so I'm fairly certain two will not allow it to smack my head, don't want to put dents in it (the trailer, not my head ... lots of dents there already).

    Next, since I had the tank and spare in the trailer, I decided to test my theory of just using ratcheting straps to hold them.

    That worked fine ... very solid, tank is vertical and the spare is mounted with the valve sticking up so I can test air pressure easily. With the new shocks, I can easily reach the whole inside of the trailer, so, no need to shorten it, or do anything more. I had 3 4-packs of harbor freight 500# ratcheting straps, so I used two new ones and cut them to just the length I needed, knotted the ends and melted them so they won't fray.

    Here is an all in one photo that shows the new shocks, and the mounting. I grabbed the spare and I can pick the side of the trailer up by just grabbing the spare ... so I think the straps are plenty safe to mount both ... and if not ... what's the worse that could happen????

    Here's an all in one shot:

    2019-07-14 08.01.37.jpg

    All in one didn't show the shocks too well so here they are:

    2019-07-14 08.01.41.jpg

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    So, on to the 2" conversion so I can use the little gal with either the truck or the trike ...

    I absolutely hated the grey color the 2" coupler came in. So, I took it apart and painted it. I realized I didn't do a before pic, but, I did ... I took a pic of the guts so I didn't need to remember what goes where when I put it back together.

    2019-07-14 06.38.24.jpg

    The grey is okay, but, kind of cheesy. After removing the guts, I scuffed it up with some sand paper to give it a tooth. Then I gave it two coats of gloss black.

    2019-07-14 08.05.53.jpg

    I'm gonna give the coupler until tomorrow to dry before I install it. I will need to take the bar and new 2" ball to my buddies house tomorrow to let him drill a 1" hole in it. The shank on the bar has a 3/4" hole because it's got a 1 7/8" ball. The hard part was finding one that did not raise the height. Didn't want the ball to hit the trunk when I let the door down.

    2019-07-14 08.31.52.jpg

    Notice the bolt where the hitch pin would normally be. Well, as with all motorcycle bars and hitches (at least the ones I've owned), they are pretty loose fit. Originally I thought I'd just let it rattle and be able to remove the bar when I want. It's kind of a pain to get down and do that with my new knees, so, decided to just make it permanent. The trunk door doesn't hit it, so what the hey. The bolt just barely fits into the bar hole and is just as snug in the receiver. Shouldn't be any rattle, especially when I get it torqued down ...

    PS. I have an old motorcycle (HD) tour pak luggage rack, thinking about mounting it on the trailer so it will look like the trike ... LOL. An idle mind is a terrible thing.
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    Fuzzy, I think it's better with the gas can up also. it's looking really good.

    If you get some concrete vinyl patch & encase those electrical connections, they will really be protected.
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