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Old 08-22-2017, 07:00 PM   #15
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Glenritas, you have inspired SilverHoot. Thanks for starting this thread and adding the "chapters" of your disassembly. My son has a 69 Globetrotter which had a similar front room and galley. But his is a gaucho and corner wet bath in back. It is a goofy layout. The bathroom is a joke. I have done some major work to his trailer so your 69 Trade Wind looks familiar. I replaced the last 40" of subfloor on my 66 Trade Wind and rebuilt the bath, added holding tanks, new axles and all the rest.

Your thread here will be very interesting. I'm signed up to cheer you along.

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Old 08-23-2017, 09:05 AM   #16
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Thanks dbj216

Yah as time permits I'll be posting the rest of the story soon .

I also thought the bathroom was a bit odd .

I mean who thought it was a good idea to have the bottom of the tub 4" higher then the floor and a hand held shower head with a shower curtain that only came up to your chest .

And what's with the shag carpet around the toilet ?

What were they thinking ? Oh ya, it was the 60's . What were they smoking ?
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Hey Hoot and Glenritas,

Oh the memories!!

My floor was so bad in the back that I could not even use the old wood for a template. The new floor needs to be perfect so it will all fit back down correctly. I used cardboard and then made a luan template to cut the new plywood. You will have to put the rear floor in in two pieces with the seam over one frame rail. If you put a round-over with a router on the edges that go into the C -Channel it will really help getting the new wood to slide in. Also I coated topped bottom all round the edge with 2 coats of West System epoxy to seal the edges and keep any future leaks from wrecking all my work. The other thing I did was to lay a couple of layers of fiberglass over the floor in the bathroom between the frame rails from the rear edge out to about the door. It was thin and was not visible when the flooring was installed. It really stiffened the floor area in front of the toilet and also gave extra strength about the toilet flange.
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:34 AM   #18
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Thanks for you input on the floor it will be helpful to anyone reading this thread .

Spoiler alert : Our Tradewind has been on the road Glamping since spring of 2015. It still has a few things to be done to "finish" the interior .
More will be revealed later in this thread .
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:45 AM   #19
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The great thing about build threads is the info that can be gained by anyone reading it and the info added by others enhancing it.
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Glenritas,
I have a 69 Tradewind exactly like yours that I am working on restoring. I noticed in post #12 you mentioned that the furnace for your model is a recalled death trap...how do I find out if mine is a death trap also?

I planned on having it checked out and restored along with the fridge and stove/oven...
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Old 08-23-2017, 09:55 PM   #21
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I believe this will help you figure out if you need to upgrade:

http://www.knology.net/~tcwilliams/Furnace.htm

hope that helps!
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The heater exchanger rusts and gets pin holes . This lets carbon monoxide into the living space thus making it a death trap.

I replaced all the equipment and systems in my trailer with new .

The refer has the craziest system to light it and the unit weighs a lot more the the new units.

Here's a teaser ....
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Thanks for the link about the recall.
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Glenritas and goransons, Thanks for the extra information. I never would have known about that recall.

Looking forward to following your thread. Especially more so that yours is exactly the same layout and model as mine. I just have the bathroom to remove and then I will start to take out the subfloor.
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No problem, always happy to help people not blow up! We upgraded our furnace in our 69 tradewind and used the existing ductwork and thermostat wiring. A small patch on the outside of the trailer was the only thing you could see, and when polished it wasn't very noticeable. We've been very satisfied with the modern Suburban furnaces.
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Glenritas

Thanks for the write up and all the photos.

I guess that I am fortunate that I only had to replace less than one foot of flooring compared to the four feet that you had to replace.

I think that using a steel box to support the black tank was a bad idea by Airstream. I removed the rusted out steel box and screwed the black tank flange directly to the bottom of the floor.

I would always replace a 50 year old furnace with a new one- no safety issues with pin holes in the heat exchanger and the new one will be reliable, more efficient and the fan should use less energy.

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