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Old 06-12-2004, 01:33 PM   #29
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By the way BARKINGSPIDER, if it would serve your purposes in dealing with the factory so as to show that your experience wasn't just a random event, I don't mind contacting my relatives in Dripping Springs and asking permission to give you their names and address so as to try and get the two of you together. I'm relatively certain they wouldn't mind, but I want to ask them first. Just a thought.
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Old 06-12-2004, 01:33 PM   #30
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Joe - Thanks for the "heads up". I was thinking "oh boy! An Airstream dealer in Buda!" We moved from Buda about 4 yrs. ago. My Dad and brother live in Austin. So, we go back about once a year.
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Old 06-12-2004, 04:49 PM   #31
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Aaron - My trailer actually has what appears to be a "U" channel with a "C" channel below it. One solid piece of Aluminum. Completely covers the exterior edge of the OSB. Sits on top of the steel frame in the rear. I've attached a diagram for reference:
Thanks Joe,
That is what I suspected. The older units only have the top part of the "U" it just sits on top of the plywood. Now to figure out the best way to fix it

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Old 06-12-2004, 05:29 PM   #32
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Aaron.

The fix is easy.

Use at least twice as many bolts, and where the bolts go through the frame at the rear, make some flat plates about 6 inches long that fit in the floor channel.

Add a small outrigger outward of the frame at the rear.

Then install more bolts through that flat plat, into the frame.

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Old 06-12-2004, 07:20 PM   #33
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Andy - what is smallest repair you would suggest - 4x8 sheet worth? Just curious

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Old 06-12-2004, 07:29 PM   #34
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Hmmm add another outrigger to the frame - how far in from the back?

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Old 06-12-2004, 09:34 PM   #35
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New Floor is Cut & Ready To Install

All - The new floor has been cut to size and is ready to install. The repair is going to look ten times better than either of the Airstream dealers repair jobs - not to mention it might actually be structurally sound. What a concept! An 1/8" has been taken off of all edges that fit under the "U" channel just like the factory flooring. I haven't slid it in completely because I'm not sure I'll be be able to get it out once I get it seated correctly & I need to find and fix the leak before doing that. I now have two pieces of inner skin off in that corner and tomorrow I will have my wife start spraying water on the trailer starting from the ground up. Should be able to diagnose the leak this way. Hopefully It's the plumbing vents........I ordered new gaskets from Inland RV this week and they should arrive close to next weekend.

I still can't believe all of this began when I decided to remodel the interior of my trailer. Everything is ready to go back in as soon as I find the leak and finish the floor. If you want to see that thread it is located at:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ad.php?t=11190

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Tell me about it! We bought ours thinking all it would need was a long weekend of cleaning and we would be ready to go....Yeah Right! Decided to go ahead and pull the floor covering out, then the front gaucho, then the fridge, then found several leaks, then found out the bathroom floor needs replacing, then..... Not to mention having to replace a Vista View and then deciding to add Fantastic Fans. If we are lucky it should be back on the road by September.

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Old 06-12-2004, 11:26 PM   #37
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Are you guys sure?

I have read on other letters here that the channel is one piece and referred to by somebody as Y channel.

But I am thinking that it is only Y channel olong the sides. And the in the rear and front it is simply U channel. Because they could not bend in the curves in the Y channel.

Also if it was Y channel in the rear the clamshell method would not work.

By Y channel I mean the U on top with the C underneath as Barking spider illustrates a few letters up.

Also Barkingspider it looks like you are pretty talented repair man yourself. Why in the world did you take it to a shop to begin with?

Pashaska has said good things about the Buda repair center I do believe.
What is a barkingspider anyway? Sounds like a sportscar that needs a tune-up.
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Roadeo - I actually think the "Y" channel you are referring to goes around my entire trailer, front, back and sides. At least from what I've seen so far. I found one section, near the access door where the piece stops and about 3/4" further a new section of "Y" channel begins. But I've only taken off two pieces of inner skin so I can't tell you how they laid the whole trailer out.

The reason I took the trailer to the dealer in Buda was a matter of time and money. In this particular instance I felt my time was worth more than what it would cost me to take it to someone who "knew what they were doing". BOY WAS I WRONG!!!!!!

On a positive note.....there's not much on my trailer that I'm afraid to take apart. Now getting it all back together......that may be a different story! Joe
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What is a barkingspider anyway?

In this part of the country, we have a lots of "Rocky Mountain Barking Spiders: They love beans that have been cooked over a campfire.

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Ken - Glad to hear barkingspiders aren't limited to Texas and Arizona (where I originally heard of them). When I joined eBay five years ago I was trying to think up a handle that no one else had - low and behold "Barkingspider1" was born! When I joined the forum it was a no brainer when choosing a handle......I've been amazed at how many questions I've got about the name since I joined. In my five years on eBay, over 100 transactions, I've never had someone ask me about the name. I join the forum and almost the first day someone is asking me 'Hey Joe, where'd you come up with that name". Airstreamers must eat a lot more beans than eBayers! - Joe
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I like it! I hear they have them in New Mexico too! I'm active with Boys Scouts of America - man o man, they are all over the place when we go camping.

BTW - I moved here from Austin - really miss it!

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Barking spiders abound here too, all over the place. Seems there are more in regional areas where there is more camping. They must not like the cold

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