Part 6: Removal of HiLo Shelter


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After a day of pure-CAD work we were ready to get some physical tasks completed.  The objective for the day was the removal of the HiLo camper and support equipment.

The Photos

The photos below are what we saw.

The first action was to complete removal of the equipment stored in the HiLo's tool boxes.  We obtained a pallet and started schlepping items from the boxes to the pallet.

The antecedent conditions for removal of the HiLo were removal of the spare tire, tire crane winch and hydraulic system.  Once the tool boxes were empty, the "dirty baskets" were removed to allow easy access to the systems to be removed.  Note the large bundle of loomed cables coming from the electrical compartment.

The electrical compartment had cables for the high-current DC, hydraulic control, winch control, truck battery charging and feed lines from the 12 VDC subsystem in the truck.

This circuit board was fabricated almost 10 years ago and has withstood a tremendous thrashing during our off-road adventures.  The main DC feed line was disconnected and the support circuits and fuses were removed and stored for possible later use.

Once the extra components were removed from the circuit board, the DC lines were reconnected and tested to insure that no damage was done.  The HiLo will see a new life as a recreational trailer for one of the shop's employees.  Axles will be installed and a new tow hitch will be attached.

Next to be removed was the tire crane hydraulic pump.

Once the hydraulic pump was removed the tire crane winch, hydraulic cylinder and crane boom were next.

The cylinder and boom were heavy and awkward and were laid on the floor.

Thor and Lance trailer were pulled out of the shop.  Lance was disconnected and parked in the outside lot.  Thor was then backed into the shop and between the booms of the lift tower.  The plan was to use booms to get underneath the HiLo's frame and lift it safely off the frame of the truck.

It took several repositionings of the truck before the lift geometry was correct.

The front booms were initially placed inside the tool boxes but it later proved to be an error and they were repositioned to the frame posts.

Once the booms were placed under the frame posts, we were ready to disconnect the 4 (big) bolts that held the HiLo on Thor's frame.

After the boom positions were double checked, we started lifting.  The process went as planned.

Free of Thor for the first time in 10 years, the HiLo was lowered closer to the ground until a trailer could be brought in to remove it from the shop.

Naked truck photos get me hot.  Thor's frame had not seen daylight for ten years.

The frame and attached components will be cleaned and inspected before we move to the actual build-out.  We anticipate placing our battery box between the frame rails.  This will help offset the additional weight of the Lance trailer to help keep the combined center of gravity low.

A view of the frame from the top shows the damage that was done to the outboard propane rack in a trip to Baja California some years ago.  We may place a horizontal propane tank between the frame rails and remove the outboard tank; not sure yet.

Our current plan is to re-use the frame mounts for the HiLo as the mounts for the Lance.  We inspected both the pivot bolts and frame for wear and were surprised to find only a very small amount.

We had been living in Lance for about a week, so it was time to head to the local RV park to dump our black and gray water tanks.  Without the weight of the HiLo on Thor, it rode really rough.  Once our chores were completed, we headed back to the shop to get the combine unit inside in preparation for the following days's actions.

Tomorrow, we will fabricate the battery box and determine the final position of the propane tanks.

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