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Old 10-11-2009, 07:45 PM   #15
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I was able to get the window out. The glass seems to be in good shape, but everything between the two panes is falling apart. I found another thread where someone had a similar issue and they removed the inside pane of glass. Any thoughts on doing that? I just can't put all this work into this trailer and leave windows that look terrible in it.

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Old 10-11-2009, 08:14 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by excella80 View Post

Your cracks sound like they are in about the same place as mine. The cracks allowed the frame rail to twist out and caused all the out riggers to sag a lot. Can you tell me more about the reinforcement plate. I had a friend helping me get the frame straightened out and welded back together. He did not want to add too much more steal to the frame, in fear of adding too much weight or making it too stiff. But you are making me think I should do more be fore reuniting the shell and the frame.

Take a look at the link above. This is right off Airstream's website. I know it's for pre-80's, but it may also work for your frame. I don't see many differences from your pictures, but I would ask the experts for their opinion, also. Send Drag'nwagon a pm. He had some work done on his frame and he gave me a few pointers on repairing/reinforcing mine. I'm sure that he would share with you as well.

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Old 05-27-2010, 02:25 AM   #17
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Amzaing, i will be in this soon. Have to remove the shell of our 74 sovereign. Is it possible to leave the floor in?
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Old 05-27-2010, 05:56 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by qc1500 View Post
Is it possible to leave the floor in?
No. The floor is attached to the frame, and not really attached to the trailer, except for some little screws in the floor channel. The full attachment is the outriggers have bolts through the ends, through the floor, and into the bows (upright aluminum frame parts for the shell). There are also many self-tapping screws that hold the floor and frame together. If you really, really wanted to, you could probably support the trailer and floor, and cut out each frame section, pull it out, replace it, and weld it back to everything, then repeat on the other side. That's a lot or work, and magnifies the possibility of a fire when you start welding near that 35 year old plywood in the floor.

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