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Old 12-23-2005, 01:21 AM   #1
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62 tradewind Floor width "plywood"

I'm replacing the floor in a 62 Tradewind. I have the shell off, my old floor was just about not even there. I need to know the exact width of the floor,(plywood) I found 88.000 inces on some other threads here. But They werent for a 62 Tradewind.

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Old 12-23-2005, 09:31 AM   #2
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I'm replacing the floor in a 62 Tradewind. I have the shell off, my old floor was just about not even there. I need to know the exact width of the floor,(plywood) I found 88.000 inces on some other threads here. But They werent for a 62 Tradewind.

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Steve,

Is there a single cross section of the floor still intact? All you really need is one measurement across.
The floor channel actually sticks over the plywood floor by a few hair widths.
Even my totally dilapitated 63 still had a few slivers going all the way from left to right. I don't remember what that measurement was, though.
The real difficulty will be recreating the curved corners.
The width is supposed to be consistent, from front to rear.
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Old 12-23-2005, 10:39 AM   #3
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What I would do is contact the VAC historian - who is on this list - 48weewind (or something close to that) and have him tell you when Airstream changed body sizes - my 58 was 88" and not sure, but I don't think they widened the trailer until 69.

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What I would do is contact the VAC historian - who is on this list - 48weewind (or something close to that)
FYI, Fred's correct User Name is 47WeeWind and he is a regular visitor/poster who can be reached through PM or email. Good luck with your search ~

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47 48 - at least I was close......
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Old 12-23-2005, 11:21 AM   #6
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Floor width

Hey Steve,

I just removed and replaced a 2 foot section of the rear floor on my 64 TW. I think you're take at 88 inches is right there. With your 'shell off', set that puppy down on the ground and chalk the outline! LOL. Here's the sketch that worked for me.

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Old 12-23-2005, 11:26 AM   #7
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47 48 - at least I was close......
Actually, his trailer is a 48 but his User ID is 47.

I believe, as he tells it, Ruby was built in December of '47...but some of the componants have '48 dates marked on them, thus the confusion.

Regardless, she's a gem as you know!

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No Engineering Data in VAC Archives

I'll pipe up. As VAC Historian, I have some old sales literature with marketing information but I have no engineering drawings that would show the exact floor width of a '62 Trade Wind that Steve is requesting. I have no engineering drawings at all for any Airstream trailer, period. I would not trust the "rounded up or down" marketing data written by some advertising agency person long ago to determine critical trailer dimensions needed today to rebuild an Airstream.

Back in the day, people bought these trailers new based on word of mouth and then available sales information with little thought of rebuilding them 45 years later. The detail and level of trailer engineering data many rebuilders seek today was never published.

I suggest someone with a together '62 Trade Wind measure the dimension Steve seeks. Sorry I cannot be of any greater help.
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Actually, his trailer is a 48 but his User ID is 47. I believe, as he tells it, Ruby was built in December of '47...but some of the componants have '48 dates marked on them, thus the confusion. Regardless, she's a gem as you know! Shari
Actually, I'm the '47 model and Ruby is the '48 Wee Wind. I thought I'd leave '48 Wee Wind available for someone else to use as most Wee Winds were built that year, but no one has yet selected that screen name. Perhaps I should change my screen name to 48 Wee Wind to be trailer-correct and to minimize confusion. Moderators, can I do this? I'll promise never again to grow younger.
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The question I was asking of you was not so much engineering data, but body dimensions. I know there was a change in 69 and 95 - were there any body changes between 58/59 and 1962? If not, then the floor width should be the 88 inches...

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I'm soooo confused....(not really - have a great Christmas Fred and thanks for all you do)

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I just measured my 63 Globetrotter and 62 Overlander. Both were 87" from the inside of the wall to the edge of outside edge of the door. So 88" is probably close given the wall thickness is about 1.5 " by the door. Neither Airstream has any of the inner skins off so I can't measure the wood width exactly.

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I'll take responsibility for the 88.00 inch measurement. That was the plywood width without the channel overhang.

I think if you add 1/4" each side for the channel overhang, and subtract the 1.5" wall thickness, it matches the 87 inches from inside wall to door threshold.
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