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Old 10-16-2010, 02:37 PM   #1
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Flooring replacement and removing under panels

Hi all! I just bought my 1962 Overlander 26" and have begun the wonderful process of restoration and boy oh boy am in over my head! I have the dedication and love of Airstreams to make it through but I need some help. I have torn everything out and I am down to the floor. I need to replace the plywood because there is water damage. I see that the floor is bolted to the frame. I have searched the forum and every picture that I have seen has the under panels removed but I have no idea how to go about doing that. Can anyone help me out?

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Old 10-16-2010, 04:23 PM   #2
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Welcome to the community!
If you check this thread, you will see an outstanding job and have a very good idea of how to properly replace the floor. Good luck on your project.

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Old 10-16-2010, 05:18 PM   #3
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That's a very good one to read for shell off! He's a brave man to raise a 31 footer!
We were more chicken, and did our's shell-on. Here's the link

Everything is riveted so it's a matter of drilling out rivets to release. You will need to take the lower inner skins off to access the C channel to get the bolts and screws that hold the sandwich of the frame, floor, and C channel/trailer walls together. Some people have left the belly pan in place to do this, but we did remove ours (warning - not a fun job).
If you run into problems or questions - post pictures and ask! There's lots of help on the forums, and lots of us doing what you're doing in various stages. Feel free to PM us also!
Good Luck!

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Old 10-17-2010, 01:08 AM   #4
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I really appreciate the help! I will post photos soon to show what I am working with and my slow but steady progress!
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Old 10-17-2010, 05:23 AM   #5
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Hi here is the link to my shell off restoration.
There will be some differences between your 60's unit and my 73. Most evrything is the same.
Minno I don't know about brave maybe stubborn and foolhearty. BTW in typical male fashion size doesn't matter in shell off work. If it went on the floor/frame it can come off. Actually is was surprisingly easy to lift the shell and also very easy to put it back on. It just takes a lot of time, actually a huge lot of time.
When your'e ready to dive in feel free to ask question and I will answer.
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:04 PM   #6
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I have a '52 Crusier and am doing a shell off. I took a sample of the original floor and it looks to be 1/2". But everyone talks about 3/4. What have you found, and what will you be using?
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Old 11-13-2010, 12:15 PM   #7
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I am going to use 3/4. That is what I see the most of. The big discussion I've see is between Marine plywood and regular plain ol stuff. I think I am going to with the regular stuff. That Marine seems really expensive an I believe you can prep the normal plywood so it is similarly weather treated? I think.
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Old 11-13-2010, 02:40 PM   #8
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Some have treated the flooring with clear penetrating epoxy sealant. It is stinky but works well. Especially a marine grade.

I am lucky on my 4 Airstreams, I have not needed a shell off- amazingly even my 66 has a sound frame and very little rot in the flooring. I am epoxying all around the edges anyway.
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Old 11-13-2010, 03:18 PM   #9
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The only difference in marine grade plywood and a good sheathing type plywood is marine grade plywood has no voids in the inner plies witch will hold moisture in a marine setting causing rot from inside out. The glues are the same and niether is treated. Treated plywood (green) is treated for insects but not moisture. I learned this while researching for a transom and floor rebuild on a boat. Marine and normal will both work, treated will shrink and I would'nt want it in a living space.

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