As some of you know the DW & I... are also "boat crazy"!
We have a friend who is restoring a 72 Conquerer, it needed the floor and transom supports replaced. He used a product from this Company.
Got me thinking about Airstream floor replacement.
Here is an email exchange I had with a product rep. It reads from bottom-up.
How many trailers are they restoring?* We do have price breaks but it’s not substantial.
A couple things intrigue me about the process you mention below.*
1.***** First thing is the weight factor.* Thermo-Lite Board® in the same thickness as plywood will be around 30%+ lighter (3/4”x4’x8’ weights 52lbs).* Plus you need to take into account the resin they are adding to “seal” the plywood.* Many ambulance and bus manufacturers find this to be a key feature for better fuel economy and added payload capacity (success stories document attached).
2.***** Next thing is the fact they are buying additional raw materials and putting in extra labor to seal the plywood.* However, once a screw/bolt is used to fasten it down to the frame the plywood isn’t sealed anymore.* So, you can eliminate the added resin and labor cost by switching to our board because it doesn’t absorb moisture and will never rot (along with many other advantages which is discussed in the product comparison attachment).
3.***** As for the strength, our board will be tougher (absorb more energy before it breaks) because of its superior flex strength, but plywood is typically a little more rigid.* So, we recommend sticking with the same thickness that you are replacing.
Let me know if you need anything else and hope we can work together soon.
Bryan Emerson, CCT
National Accounts Sales Rep
SpaceAge Synthetics, Ltd.
ISO 9001:2008 Registered
Water Resistant, Fiberglass Reinforced Composites | Stringers and Transoms | RV Repair | Boat | Flooring | Plywood Replacement | Marine Bulkheads
From: Robert Crosse
Sent: Tuesday, May 07, 2013 9:01 AM
To: Bryan Emerson
Subject: Re: Contact us from web site
Thank You for your prompt reply.*
I was inquiring for friends on the Airstream Forums who are in the process of restoring their trailers. Everyone is always looking for a product to replace the PW floors that will stand up to moisture that can be a problem over time. Price point is a concern for most, cost vs benefit, most are now using a top grade marine PW then sealing both sides and edges with epoxy resin.*
But an alternative option is always being discussed. I imagine that your 3/4" product would be considerably stronger than the 3/4" PW option. Do you think that your 1/2" Thermo-Lite board would be a workable solution. The Airstreams use a monocoque frame with the floor contributing to the design.
On May 7, 2013, at 9:34 AM, Bryan Emerson wrote:
Thanks for your interest in SpaceAge’s Thermo-Lite Board.* Our tough series is what is most widely used for flooring applications when replacing plywood.* The price for a ¾”x4’x8’ is $195 (sanded one side or both) and if you need a shipping quote let me know how many sheets you will need.* If shipped to a residential address there is a $105 additional fee through FedEx.