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Old 04-12-2016, 12:47 PM   #1
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1957 22' Caravaner Getting the Fully Monty

So last week I took the plunge and bought a 1957 22' Caravaner that needs a complete restoration. I've gutted the interior down to the ribs, drilled all of the rivets around the belt line and I'm ready to lift the shell. My question is, does the bottom u-channel stay with the shell or with the floor?

By the way, we're going to call her Lucy, and we're already in love.
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Old 04-12-2016, 01:18 PM   #2
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I'm thinking "neither" . . . only because mine was pretty much "white dust" at each "steel" fastener (bolts thru outriggers and screws thru plywood) . . . Plus, I'm assuming you're replacing the plywood . . . Anyway, to install your Belly Pan, you're going to have to have the U-Channel fastened to your Plywood . . . which occurs prior to setting the shell back down . . . do you have photos to share?

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Old 04-12-2016, 04:04 PM   #3
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Here's Lucy!

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Old 04-12-2016, 04:12 PM   #4
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Apparently I have no clue how to post pics
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:08 PM   #5
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choose "go advanced"
scroll down to "manage attachments"
browse and find the photos
choose "upload" . . .
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Ah, got it, here she is...
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And here she is gutted

Need to build gantries
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I Love Lucy!
Good Luck! it will be fun following this.
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That sure looks familiar!

Mine is #9153. What is your serial number?

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That sure looks familiar!

Mine is #9153. What is your serial number?

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Great blog Steve, I'm going to keep it as a favorite since we have the same trailer. My trailer is #3445 - I wonder why our numbers are so far apart? How do you like that propane fireplace, does it keep the trailer warm?
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take pictures...many many pictures of everything, from every angle as it will help as a reference when putting back.

Also make an interior template from channel to chennel so when reattaching channels you can make sure floor shape is proper. These are like tins with radius corners. They don't just land straight down.

I hope you are retired and have lots of money.
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Lots of time and money

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I hope you are retired and have lots of money.
Have fun.
Hahaha...full time job, a business on the side, a little bit of money and a whole lot of stupid, but I do like to rebuild things. I'm sure I'll be leaning on the board for moral support, and I'm a home brewer so I can always retreat to that when times get stressful

I'm already a little freaked out that I've pulled the interior skins. The PO had done a poor interior remodel, including moving the interior walls, so the skins have a bunch of holes in them. I'm going to replace them with new material and I get a little punchy thinking about all of those rivets. But I realize that's about 268 steps down the road...
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You could put rivets in the holes unless it really hacked up. Look forward to seeing pics and progress.👍
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How do you like that propane fireplace, does it keep the trailer warm?
Heater is a Dickinson Newport and I really like it. I boondock much of the year and it uses very little 12 volt power so that's a real plus over a furnace.

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