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Old 04-18-2019, 08:32 PM   #463
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Hey Slats, the flooring looks great. How is it secured?

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Uhh, secured? Now you've got me worried.


Just kidding. Actually it is truly a floating floor, as nothing is holding it down, save gravity. I did anchor the first slat down with a couple of sheet rock screws to keep it in place so that the the following slats I clicked in place would remain more or less true. But other than that, I did not use any kind of mastic or glue to bind them to the floor. They have foam rubber backing and the instructions made glue optional. So I opted not to use it. As matters turned out, it was the right decision. For, after getting all the way to the back, I noticed a good-sized scratch on one of the slats up near the front that I had failed to catch in unpacking it from the box installing it. In less than ten minutes I took up the floor back up to the point of the scratched piece, replaced it, and then put the rest back in place. This stuff is pretty easy to work with.
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Old 04-19-2019, 12:54 AM   #464
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Coloradoup. No worries, it seems this thing will never get done! Have to agree with you, it has been fun keeping up with everyone’s progress.
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Old 04-19-2019, 05:35 PM   #465
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Looking good! I love the floor colour.
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Old 04-22-2019, 03:51 PM   #466
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Changed my mind (again)

Thanks. I love it as well. The problem is, those partitions ( I hesitate to call them walls) now look, well, a little less than pristine, especially where they meet the floor. So, despite my rant against perfection (see #447, above), I have decided to replace them. This decision was driven by serendipity. I happened to be passing by Regal Plastics, a mid-size supplier in North Kansas City, this morning. While perusing samples of the products they have on hand, I spied some wonderful rigid foam core aluminum clad sheets that can be had in varying thicknesses and custom cut to shape. It is as light as a feather, but sturdy. They stock it in either white or brushed aluminum, but it can be ordered in any color if one orders a large enough quantity. I'm going for white. So it will be good-bye to the original rather ratty partitions and hello to nice smooth, anal retentive replacements.
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:59 PM   #467
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Wow, interested in how that turns out. My 75 Overlander was built light, but the "partitions" are melamine laminated to some type of plywood. It is only 3/16" thick. I think the 76 model year trailers may have been built with something else.

So I replaced three of the partitions with 1/4" red oak veneer, which is pretty heavy. Had I known of a foam core aluminum panel, I would have been quite interested in that.

Keep us posted.

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Old 04-22-2019, 07:18 PM   #468
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Thanks. I love it as well. The problem is, those partitions ( I hesitate to call them walls) now look, well, a little less than pristine, especially where they meet the floor. So, despite my rant against perfection (see #447, above), I have decided to replace them. This decision was driven by serendipity. I happened to be passing by Regal Plastics, a mid-size supplier in North Kansas City, this morning. While perusing samples of the products they have on hand, I spied some wonderful rigid foam core aluminum clad sheets that can be had in varying thicknesses and custom cut to shape. It is as light as a feather, but sturdy. They stock it in either white or brushed aluminum, but it can be ordered in any color if one orders a large enough quantity. I'm going for white. So it will be good-bye to the original rather ratty partitions and hello to nice smooth, anal retentive replacements.


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The brushed aluminum panels sound interesting. Do you have any photos of them or specifications? I would particularly like to know the thickness. Do they have a website?

I have no plans to use these in our Tradewind but possibly on our 95 34’ that is being made over ever so slowly. It will hopefully have the modern look of a new Airstream even though it will become a vintage Airstream in the year 2020.

Thanks, Dan
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Try this: http://www.regalplastic.com/342-aluminum-clad-panels


Also, here is a picture I took of the samples I saw today. Cyndi, who told me they sell the stuff in varying thicknesses, said 6 millimeters roughly equals 1/4", which is about what is needed for the partitions, give or take a millimeter.


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Interesting stuff. What is its cost? I might have happened across something similar on the net as part of a warehouse sale from Boeing.
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The quote I got for white was $88.31 per sheet and for brushed aluminum $102.24. I believe those prices are for 48"x96" sheets, but they also come in 120" lengths.
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