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Service pit
#21

I've got an Arlo camera pointed at it... Does that count?!

--Simon
1993 8v92TA #312
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#22

The pit construction saga is complete. Coach should be coming back to my possession next week. I posted these on FB, but I know not all have FB and wanted to share.


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--Simon
1993 8v92TA #312
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#23

Brought the coach home yesterday. Parked it over the pit and went down to check things out. Marie came along. Such an advantage to the accessibility of things now. Of course, I had paid the shop, or should I say, they billed me for oil cooler leak repair but looks untouched. This morning I took the bus to Leo at All Aboard America to see what he thought. Our plans were to leave for a cross country trip on Monday but looks like it is going to be on hold depending on his findings.


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#24

Nice! but now there's no excuse for it not being shiny underneath! Haha, enjoy.

Forest & Cindy Olivier
1987 log cabin
2011 Roadtrek C210P
PO 1999 Foretravel 36'
1998 Newell 45' #486 

1993 Newell 39' #337 
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#25

Simon, looking forward to pictures after you have your entire undercarriage chromed and painted.

Jon & Chris Everton
1986 40' Dog House #86
450 hp ISM 5 spd ZF Ecomat 2
2004 Range Rover L322 Toad
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#26

Oh, I'll get there! I have the original Detroit silver paint waiting patiently!

--Simon
1993 8v92TA #312
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#27

This was a dream of mine also.  Beautiful work and detailing by the way. You may have engineered all of the following, but for future pit fans, consider the following 3 concerns not mentioned.

1) Air ventilation of a confined space. Consider an air evacuation fan to turn on before entering the pit. Gasses you shouldn't breath are heavier than air and gather in low places, granted your head is generally above the ground line, its gases from a sewer dump line (sewer gasses), oils, gasoline, cleaning products etc that gather in pits. It doesn't take much of a fan to transfer air in and out before entrance and while working in the pit.  A permitted pit would require this.

2) The soil type, concrete pad thickness and reinforcement is important. The concrete pad looked significant, but subsidence, settlement and cave in is a factor if not all points are reviewed and engineered. The weight of the Coach, where the wheels sit in relation to the center of the span of the pit, vs the horizontal support or resistance at that point all should be considered.

3) Make the covers lockable. This can be a attractive nuisance if the ventilation fans are not automatic and a child (which have more sensitive lungs) enters this confined space. This is of special concern because it is outdoors and you could be traveling and away from it. Look at it as if it were an swimming pool, instead of water, possible poison gases.

Both of these issues, many times deadly, come from a part of the world I left.  Don't ask me how I know...I will go to tears. Actually you can ask me, I'm better off mentoring and training to help avoid failures in heavy civil construction

Dave, Karen and buddy. 
06 Newell #784
towing a 05' Featherlight enclosed  trailer for toys and tools, 
or a 18' Ford Raptor Big Grin w KTM 250 and MTB in the back


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