1976 Safari Rear end Separation???
Hi all- I've been replacing the rear floor in my 1976 23' Safari due to the rear bumper area not being properly sealed. After I cut and fitted in the new floor, I have over 1/4" gap between the frame and the wood on the door side of the trailer. Looking at the old pieces of wood, it looks like the trailer has been like this for a long time based on the lack of rot on that side. Not sure if it's due to build quality or rough roads. I've only towed the trailer home from OR and then started tearing into it.
My question is am I being anal with having this 1/4 to 3/8" gap between the frame rail and floor? I could shim it and forget about it.
I have read the rear end separation and could do the repair they outline but looking at my floor channel, it looks like many of the vertical wall ribs NEVER touched the aluminum channel all the way to the floor. I don't see how bolting down the floor would suck up the frame. The wood will bow more than likely.
I've tried to attach pictures. It is kind of hard to see by I tried my best to point out the area I'm talking about. Not sure how to move forward. The floor is not bolted down yet. Thanks for the help.