Tuesday, January 31, 2023

A Couple of Windy Days...

 Sunday, January 29

Sunny but with gusting winds that reinforced the meaning of "Wind Chill Factor".

I finished the last repair for the trailer, which had been found while inserting a support 1"x1" angle iron next to the crossway strut under where most of the Ural Patrol's tug rests while in travel mode.

photo courtesy of Lori Z.

The new support, allows the trailer platform above to not flex as much when the sidecar rig is loaded.

Oh, I also applied small steel patches to four of the trailer ramp's cross members which had cracked apart, allowing some sagging of the ramp.

We'd noticed before the Machida visit that the front half of the mount for the left side wheel's suspension had cracked apart.

Here's a pic from the previous post of me eyeing the failed welding's crack:

photo courtesy of Lori Z.

Though I failed to get pics of the crack before the repair, here's what it looks like now:

Before, there'd been actual separation....
now the two pieces are in contact again

Here's a clearer picture of the suspension/axle assembly's mounting in question.  Basically, the years of wear and tear had cracked the aluminum welds, leaving the front half of the T-Channel somewhat "loose".

Now, there's two bolts in place, doing the job of the failed welds.

I then hooked the trailer back onto the URRV and did trial loading/unloading of the sidecar rig while Chris Z. watched. I'm happy to report no flexing seen by Chris and no issues riding the rig onto or off of the trailer.

Soon as I was finished with the work, Lori and Chris generously soldered together the cobbled together breaks in the trailer's tow lighting wiring.

I was exhausted the rest of day, so I rested.
Dinner was at the Zs and it was an early night for me!

Monday, January 30

Sunny but windy, again. Leading to us spending a lot of the day indoors out of the wind.

Lori Z. however, found a good time during the windy day, to fly her DJI Mavic 2 drone around the campsite area:

video and drone pics by Lori Z.

Didn't really get much done otherwise.  I did do some planning for some additional work on the trailers but no new cracks were found.  Just will make things "mo better".


Bridget Machida said...

Love the drone footage and music!!! It made me think I was going to watch an alien spaceship landing beside the RV’s, lol. Drones, so much fun!

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Bridget, all credit goes to the flying done by Lori.