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Old 01-26-2013, 01:57 PM   #911
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Dean,

See attached PDF that lays out the construction of the floor and walls.

Along with the sketch that I made you'll find that there are a lot of phillips head screws going from aluminum channel into the wood. The red bolt in the sketch is about 2 plus inches long and has a nut and lock washer on the bottom side. On the 345 that I dismantled the wood floor was also fastened to the 1" x 2" tubing grid throughout with 1/4" flathead self tapping screws AND spiral nails. The nails were a real bear to get out. I ended up having to torch the heads of the nails before I could get the wood floor off.

The 1" x 2" steel grid is attached to the truck frame with steel rivets. The grid was laid down on top of the truck frame and riveted in place, then the aluminum/galvanized sheet was laid on top of the frame and then the entire shell with the wood floor was laid down on top of the grid and bolted in place along the edges and then screwed and nailed to the 1" x 2" grid. This is how the 345 was constructed so I'm guessing your coach is very similar. It appears that my Argosy is built along these same lines although I'm not sure if it was a single sheet of plywood or sections. I know the 345 is one long piece of wafer board.

I'll try and post some pictures this evening showing how the 345 was constructed.

Hope this helps.

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Brad, thanks for the diagram!
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:07 PM   #912
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I had the same experience. Suburban 30SP thrown into box like a sack of potatoes. Had dents and probably dangerous. The Company send a replacement right away and a call tag to pick up the damaged unit too.
Perhaps the same Texas Co. (PPL Motorhomes)
Huberto, yes that's the company. They did come through with no questions asked! They delivered another unit before I was even able to get the smashed one back home and shipped out. It just means another 500 mile round trip for me between home and the mh.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:21 PM   #913
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On my '83 310 there was a hat-sized rotted place under the driver's side window. It looked a lot like your photo...

We poured a wood hardener (Ace Hardware) liquid onto it and then filled it with fiberglass. Most all the wood in the rest of the coach was quite solid, so we didn't want to do any tear-out.
I haven't pulled the carpet from the cab yet and I have my fingers crossed! I'm going to patch in a couple small pieces of plywood. I need to research the wood hardener and some sealer. Every time I ask about such at Home Depot, the look at me like I am completely nuts!
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:40 PM   #914
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Every time I ask about such at Home Depot, the look at me like I am completely nuts!
And your point is....

Sorry, couldn't resist
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:41 PM   #915
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Brad, thanks for the diagram!
Sorry I didn't get any pictures posted. I'll see if I can track some down that show how things are put together and get them posted.

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I haven't pulled the carpet from the cab yet and I have my fingers crossed! I'm going to patch in a couple small pieces of plywood. I need to research the wood hardener and some sealer. Every time I ask about such at Home Depot, the look at me like I am completely nuts!
Regarding wood hardner hit up your local marine supply and ask for a product called Gitrot or something equivelant. It will draw moisture out of wood and harden to the point it is difficult to sand it down. I used it plenty on my old wooden trawler and it was amazing stuff.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:35 AM   #917
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Regarding wood hardner hit up your local marine supply and ask for a product called Gitrot or something equivelant. It will draw moisture out of wood and harden to the point it is difficult to sand it down. I used it plenty on my old wooden trawler and it was amazing stuff.
We have a West Marine down the road...I'll check them out.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:45 AM   #918
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I pulled the plastic panel off to deal with the rain water leak and gave it is nice paint job. I'm also preparing for a new galley countertop.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:55 PM   #919
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New Galley...

First, I can't believe SF didn't even show up for the game, sad!

I got my galley back together today. New furnace is installed, but still have duct work to do. Furnace is working well however which is nice since we are going from 70 degrees during the day to about 35 at night. Plumbing and wiring in galley are squared away. Countertop and new sink are in and working. I have my much needed soap dispenser!
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That is one sweet looking galley!
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I really like what you with the galley!

You've convinced me to an upgrade to the little kitchen in my argosy.

Thanks,

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Your counter top looks great what is the top made of. Did you make it your self or have some one do it for you.
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Looks GREAT Dean!
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That is one sweet looking galley!
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