It's the BIG DAY! The day I have been waiting for since winter! The trailer is once again in one piece!
Before I begin, let me make one thing clear: when I say "we" I mean my husband and father-in-law. The "I" part of "we" held a chain and pulled on it when needed. Necessary, but not very strenuous or courageous. Okay.
Lifting the shell with the chain hoist, the chassis with completed underbelly was scooted underneath.
Lowering slowly and checking the edges, we coaxed the outer skins over the j-channel and the ribs into the channel. As the shell was lowered, we heard a few loud popping noises, the same heard when we lifted the shell off the first time. It almost sounded like rivets giving out, but we never saw any deceased rivets on the ground or light shining through empty rivet holes. I suppose those noises will forever be a mystery. Once the shell was lowered all the way, the wheel well and skin did not line up right.
Fortunately, neither did the other side so all we had to do was lift the shell a little, shimmy it around, and everything lined up the way it was supposed to.
I think we were all surprised that the shell fit like it was meant to be there. I kept thinking that the floor was going to be a foot too long or the perimeter would be a few inches too big. Nope. None of that. We were so thankful that it just drifted down and nestled itself back on the chassis. Okay, maybe I am simplifying it a bit. After all, my father-in-law got a bloody finger while adjusting a rib. I hope he feels it was worth it to have the darn thing put together again and one step closer to having it cleared out of his shop!
The dogs got to take a sniff inside the trailer for the first time and I think it met with their approval. After all, there's no place like (future) home!
To anybody who has done a shell off, you know the crazy amount of work between this before and after!