I've read so many posts about the thrills and chills of opening up the belly pan that I had my self scared to death to look in there. Too many posters have found dead snakes etc... That was my biggest fear.
Well yesterday I bit the bullet and opened up the back end of the 67 Caravel
under the bath. Figuring that it may very well be the worst part what with all the water in that area.
Thank goodness, no snakes, mice, or even mice nests. I did remove the old insulation, which was bone dry.
The black tank and all of the plumbing looks to be in good shape, and the tank was as clean as a whistle.There does not appear there have been any plumbing leaks in the past.
I do see some floor rot at the outer edge of the floor behind the toilet and some on the outer edge near the water heater. There was a little rot where the bumper cover lets water in but not much. Nothing like I thought that I may find though.
I am going to button it back up today. I have a couple of roof vents left to replace before it gets really cold here. And have an electrician coming to take a look at the electrical system.
Then I will spend a long Michigan winter preparing my plan of attack for the Spring. Floor replacement, (this has been on the list since I got the AS) new axle etc... Since the Caravel
is 98% original the plan is to keep it that way.
I'm certain to run into problems along the way that the forums will no doubt help me through.
I hope to be towing and camping in her next year at this time.
My only words of advice are "Don't be afraid of the belly pan! "
Thanks for all of the great posts on this site!!!!