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Old 11-26-2016, 08:57 AM   #11
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One thing I have noticed is the plywood under the cushions are not nice and smooth like finished wood would be. I would be afraid of the fabric catching on the plywood and wearing out the fabric. Of course, I tend to do the "what if?" without ever knowing....


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Old 11-26-2016, 09:27 AM   #12
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One thing I have noticed is the plywood under the cushions are not nice and smooth like finished wood would be. I would be afraid of the fabric catching on the plywood and wearing out the fabric. Of course, I tend to do the "what if?" without ever knowing...
I believe Ian G is one of the first to cover the plywood with carpet to protect the cushions. Direct link to his statement: To wrap or not to wrap, that is the question...
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Old 11-26-2016, 09:30 AM   #13
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Congratulations Laura. Enjoy the surprise of Dirk when he gets home. Your trailer leaving makes room for the team at ETI to start on mine .
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Old 11-26-2016, 09:34 AM   #14
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One thing I have noticed is the plywood under the cushions are not nice and smooth like finished wood would be. I would be afraid of the fabric catching on the plywood and wearing out the fabric. Of course, I tend to do the "what if?" without ever knowing....


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I believe Ian G is one of the first to cover the plywood with carpet to protect the cushions. Direct link to his statement: To wrap or not to wrap, that is the question...
Good consideration. One could always just sand and put a good coat of paint on the wood. Maybe a thin rubber membrane on any exposed hinges.
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Old 11-26-2016, 10:26 AM   #15
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I believe Ian G is one of the first to cover the plywood with carpet to protect the cushions. Direct link to his statement: To wrap or not to wrap, that is the question...
I was thinking of doing that also even with vinyl backing. I have some carpet tiles I was thinking of cutting to size to cover the plywood bench tops.
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Old 11-26-2016, 10:50 AM   #16
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I can't imagine sitting in the trailer with a wet swimsuit on.

Just curious, what would the advantages be either way with a cushion being vinyl backed, or not. I do not foresee an issue with condensation myself, at least it has never been one before.
Reversibility with fabric?
Tougher with vinyl?
I would expect that the vinyl backing protects the cushion from snags and wear due to rubbing on the bare plywood benches.
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Old 11-26-2016, 04:08 PM   #18
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If anyone has any suggestions on how to get the hitch pins out when you don't have much strength in your hands, I would greatly appreciate it. I have a heck of a time with that and didn't even bother unhitching tonight as I didn't feel like messing with it at dusk (which quickly turned to darkness). I'm wondering if using a screwdriver for some extra leverage will help (shove the long, metal end in and pop the pin off - heck if I know as I haven't tried it).
Reading this, I assumed that the concern is with the L-pins which keep the spring bars on the trailer-mounted brackets. Those L-pins have R-clips on them to keep the L-pin from falling out. If the problem is the R-clip, pliers work (grab round end and pull), but that doesn't change the fact that R-clips are annoying to use.

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Those darn pins can be hard to use. I find the locking pin is easier than one that works like a safety pin, though. Not sure what comes on your trailer.
... but this looks like a comment about the retaining clip used with the pin that keeps the ball mount (or WD hitch head shank, in this case) in the receiver; the Fastway E2 instructions call this the "hitch pin". There's no need to remove the mount or head when unhitching, although of course it is better to remove it before driving around without the trailer.

The retaining clip is usually an R-clip... which, yes, can be hard on the fingers. There are safety pins (which work like a safety pin used on fabric) which are easier to use. I like lynch pins, which have a wire retainer that snaps easily over to lock it in place; however, it would be hard to find one of these which is small enough. Any of these are just clips to hold the 1/2" (for 1.25" receiver) or 5/8" (for 2" receiver) diameter pin in place so it doesn't fall out.

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Oh, now that's a thought - put some sort of lock through there instead of the usual squiggly shaped pin.
Assuming that "the usual squiggly shaped pin" is an R-clip, and that the problem is the pin through the receiver, then yes there are locking pins which might be easier, if you get one which fits your specific hitch configuration well (access can be an issue). The locking pin replaces the 1/2" or 5/8" diameter pin plus the small clip that keeps the big pin from falling out. But I'm still confused: if it is the pin through the receiver which is the issue, then it doesn't stop you from unhitching at the campsite.

If the problem is the R-clips on the L-pins at brackets on the trailer frame, then the big locking hitch pins sold for receivers will not work - you just need an easier-to-use small clip than the R-clips which come with the hitch. That could be the safety pins or lynch pins which I mentioned above.
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Old 11-26-2016, 04:41 PM   #19
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Yet another technical term I didn't know! I strongly suspect it's the R-pin you're talking about that I'm having problems with. I'll snap a photo in a bit. and will research your links. Later, though!

A neighbor just backed the trailer down our driveway. I was concerned the trailer would scrape, but it didn't! YAY! So, now it's at the end of the driveway, still hitched up as I need to get the wheel blocks down from the attic. For the price of a handmade clock with longhair dachshunds on it (Xmas present for his wife), I got the trailer in place.

Once we get a plate for it, the neighbor will give me lessons. Double Yay!
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