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Old 07-10-2015, 12:39 PM   #1
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Exclamation Floor Plywood Question!

Hey all,

Just getting ready to put in my new floor and have a question for my
73 Ambassador...

Do the sheets of ply need to be cut, or is the width of the trailer 96"? I've been searching for a while now and can't find anything.

Thanks!
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Old 07-10-2015, 01:30 PM   #2
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They need to be cut....to about 84 inches. Measure an remeasure, then cut. The 4 ft widths work well and then you have to make a pattern for the rounded ends...front and rear.
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Old 07-10-2015, 01:37 PM   #3
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Outrigger to outrigger is 91". Cutting at 84" doesn't seem right...
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84" is the width of the floor for some years. As time passed trailers got wider. Make sure to cut your floor the correct width for your trailer. My 57 over lander is 84" wide
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Old 07-10-2015, 05:12 PM   #5
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When my husband installed the new plywood floor on the previous Flying Cloud he partially restored, once the plywood was in, he put some sort of epoxy or wood hardener around the edges so if for some reason a water leak would come from the outside it wouldn't seep through and damage the flooring.
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:15 PM   #6
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My '79 was 92" across. You Need to measure the old wood, hopefully you still have some to measure. If not 92" is probably a good start.
Do you have c channel along the sides that encloses the plywood edges?
You can paint the top of the floor with deck and porch paint. Prime first. It'll help protect it. Keep the underside un painted so if the wood does get wet it has a path to dry.
I wrapped the front and rear from where the curve starts on one side to the other in aluminum tape. Several layers thick and in about 1.5" from the edge. Protects from water.
Drain holes in the c channel. Drill small 1/8" ish holes around the perimeter on the outside lower corner, that way any water that gets in the channel can drain to the belly between the outer skin and belly wrap.
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It needs to go in under the walls and be attached to the C-channel at the bottom of the walls. There are also structural attached points at the front and back that need to be repaired.

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Thank you all for the help!
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Measure from the outside to outside of the "C" channel, should be in the 92 range for your year, use the cut off portion for new splice plates.
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take a few measurements. Mine was average 92. some places 89, some 93.5, etc
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They need to be cut....to about 84 inches. Measure an remeasure, then cut. The 4 ft widths work well and then you have to make a pattern for the rounded ends...front and rear.
My old front end piece is in good enough shape to use for a pattern; the rear piece, not so good. Can I use the front as a pattern for the rear? Same shape, no?
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My old front end piece is in good enough shape to use for a pattern; the rear piece, not so good. Can I use the front as a pattern for the rear? Same shape, no?
No, it's a different shape.
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How so?
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The rear curve is longer and more gradual. Not as sharp in the corners and continues forward farther than the front goes back.
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