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Old 12-30-2011, 09:41 AM   #1
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Floor tearout

Ok. gutted the overlander, 1900 lbs of junk went to the landfill. Going to start removing the plywood deck. Looks like I have to remove interior skins, drill rivets that fasten exterior skins to U channel, remove U channel to get plywoood out. Is this accurate? Was hoping I wouldnt have to do this, but concerned about mold and figured it would go a long way in getting rid of the "old" smell. The shot of the AS with the awning deployed makes it look good. Not bad for $800.00, I think?
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:03 AM   #2
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$800! that's a good buy, i don't think you will need to remove the u channel itself to get the floor out but access to the elevator bolts from down below maybe an issue, the old smell is more than likely coming from the insulation which would mean removing all the interior panels and replacing!!
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:08 AM   #3
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Have you dropped the bottom pan? The 'old smell' in my 78 came from the old and wet stinky pink insulation from under the floor, not from the walls. Check this before you start on the walls, it could save you a bunch of work.
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:18 PM   #4
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You don't have to remove the C-channel. Just remove the bolts in the C-channel and the wood will come out. Sometimes there are wood screws in there as well. No need to remove the floor if it is sound. Get rid of the pink stuff and spray the floor with bleach. It also helps to paint the old floor to seal off smells and stains.

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A lot of times that funk can also come from smokers. Never the less the same remedy gut lift replace. If you are going that far replace the floor, you will be glad you did.
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