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Old 12-12-2011, 02:44 PM   #15
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attached picture of the section I'm working on. Its the attachment of the rounded corners at the c channel that's giving me trouble. I think perry is right. I'm going to have to drop the rest of the belly to get to the underside of those bolts. my airstream dream is turning into an airstream scream
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:53 PM   #16
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Welcome to the club. An Airstream is like an onion. There is always another layer of tears under the first one. I would bite the bullet and take my time doing it right. You have an older trailer with open frame channels. You can put nuts on the back side of the beams or drill and tap them. I would remove the skins and inspect the frame for rust through then POR15 it. Coat the new wood with something like urathane or epoxie to help water proof it. I don't know how the structure at the back works on the old ones. Mine does not have a rear compartment like yours does.

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Old 12-13-2011, 07:50 AM   #17
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i believe you're right. removing the skin today so i can properly bolt the curved edge. Frame looks remarkably good even has most of original black paint. Primed it anyway. Thanks so much for convincing me not to mess it up. if its worth doing, its worth doing right.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:09 AM   #18
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Good luck with it. I would paint the rest of the old floor to seal it and also seal off any bad smells etc. My floor looked bad and was stained with all sorts of stuff. I used some porch and floor and we are using that as a floor till I get all the leaks stopped and decide on the next step for renovation.

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Old 12-13-2011, 11:01 AM   #19
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good luck. I hope i sealed my last leak last weekend (vent pipe). Supposed to rain tomorrow so we'll find out. the floor paint is a great idea. Don't want to have to replace flooring ever again.....what a nightmare. planning to recover the floor with wood laminate. I know, "the weight, the weight". But I'm planning to minimize the load by not running it under any beds or seating. Plus it's going to look great. All I wanted to do when I bought her was decorate and make her cute. I had no idea I would need to do so much maintenance first. my next step after this floor is the missing front window. not having luck finding one so I may have to fabricate a temporary one with some extrusion.....eeek
thanks for all the help

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Old 12-13-2011, 11:34 AM   #20
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You may find that the bolts that hook the frame rails to the rear corners are bigger than the ones on the rear cross member. I would use the size that came out. You can get small quanities of stainless steel bolts at Lowe's or Home Depot. I think mine were 5/16-18 at the frame attach points.

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Old 12-13-2011, 12:09 PM   #21
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Here are some unedited full resolution photos. They will take a while to download. These are chronological order and they are of my floor repair. You will find other floor repair threads on here but this is how I did it.

Index of /AS-Temp/81-ExcellaII-31ft/Floor-Repairs

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