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Old 07-10-2011, 01:36 PM   #15
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I started checking some of the issues you raised.Jumped on rear bumper,all seems in one piece.I see that only two panels of plywood flooring are in the wrong position(but still a concern)Was trying to determine if my trailer has two waste tanks(grey&black)?checked instructions and coulnn't locate valves.
Your grey tank dump valve is shown in this picture, so yes, you have one. The black tank sits directly under the toilet:
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Old 07-10-2011, 05:14 PM   #16
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floor question

As far as I can tell it meets the wall.I could take some more detailed photos?I know the two panels in the front are not in the right direction(might have to do over)I could contact the PO and see exactly what he did to restore floor.
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:39 PM   #17
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The floor sheets actually need to go under the walls and into a C channel. That channel is what the shell and the skins are riveted to. The floor and the channel are then bolted to the frame outriggers.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:09 AM   #18
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Well I decided to take up those two panels today.What type of plywood should I be using?Any other hints?
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:55 AM   #19
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Well I decided to take up those two panels today.What type of plywood should I be using?Any other hints?
There are as many answers to that question as there are members here.
The original was just regular plywood and lots of people use MARINE GRADE PLYWOOD (MGP). It is very expensive in comparison to regular.
So when you lifted those two panels how were they laid. Did they go into the c channel or were they just laid against the edge of the wall.
The first most forward sheet that is curved actually has the c channel sitting on top of the plywood floor. That is same for both the front end cap and the rear endcap.
The next section of floor and this is the same for all the floor sections along the straight sides of the trailer fit into a c channel. Actually the channel along the side is a double channel, one horizontal for the floor to fit into and one vertical for the skins and shell to rivet to.
This is what that double channel looks like.
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:01 AM   #20
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Thanks, I'm going to do a little more looking now, If the flooring does go into the c-channel then how important is it to have the plywood face the other direction?
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Thanks, I'm going to do a little more looking now, If the flooring does go into the c-channel then how important is it to have the plywood face the other direction?
The front and rear curved sections of the floor can be replaced in one piece with the shell on. You will need to open the belly pan for access to the bottom of the bolts that go through the channel. Once everything is unbolted you can slightly lift the shell away from the frame and slip in the new floor sheet, then rebolt everything together. Make sure that when you are putting it back together the frame is level front to back and side to side. Block the frame in several spots. If you put it back together unleverl you will lock in that sag or twist.
There are 7 sheets of plywood for a 31 ft. two curved ones for front and back and 5 sheets for the straight ones along the sides.
The straight ones can be replaced as one piece but it will require flexing the shell outwards to get the full sheet into the double c channel. The other option is to cut the sheet into two pieces and insert each piece into the channel on each side of the shell. There will be a seam running front to back in the trailer which will be across the 4 ft side of the floor sheet. The seam should be placed over a main frame rail so one piece will be 4ft x6ft approx. and the other will be 4ft x 2ft approx.
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