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Old 06-15-2015, 06:52 PM   #1
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How thick is the floor?

I need to mount something to the floor. (I can't say what it is, because I'm sworn to secrecy by a major government.) I need to know how thick the floor is, so I don't run a screw into the fresh water tank below. We're talking about a 2009 Sport, 22 foot. There is stock vinyl floor covering.

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Old 06-15-2015, 06:55 PM   #2
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What I saw at the factory was 3/4" plywood.
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:20 PM   #3
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3/4" would be normal, but the one place I have slight access it seems to be 5/8 or even 1/2 inch (which would explain the squeaks in the floor).
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:22 PM   #4
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In mine is a 1/2 in subfloor with 1/4 in on top then the flooring.
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:47 PM   #5
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The factory has only 1 flooring material and it is 5/8. I have had to replace some of the flooring in my 2009 classic at it was 5/8.
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:55 PM   #6
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5/8 has been the thickness of the Airstreams that we've owned. However if you are sworn to secrecy by whatever your "major" government is, I don't think I'd be discussing that sort of thing on Air Forums...

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Old 06-18-2015, 01:35 PM   #7
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A machine gun mount is just too much for the floor of an Airstream. And the water tank will not last long to cool the thing. Re think your plan, and inform your handlers that other options need to be looked at.


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Old 06-18-2015, 03:07 PM   #8
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It is true that Airstream used 5/8 plywood - with flooring total thickness under the channel is 3/4

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Old 06-18-2015, 07:21 PM   #10
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Just what I was thinking.

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A machine gun mount is just too much for the floor of an Airstream. And the water tank will not last long to cool the thing. Re think your plan, and inform your handlers that other options need to be looked at.


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Old 06-18-2015, 08:46 PM   #11
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Speaking of AS floors, would someone explain to me why AS did not use marine plywood which was available back in the 50's?
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:38 PM   #12
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Because it is not supposed to get wet! )
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:02 PM   #13
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Marine plywood is simply a better grade of plywood with no voids in the internal core layers. It also (in the old days) used a water resistant glue, when regular plywood used glue which was water soluble and came apart when wet. But glues in plywoods are now are all water resistant and that has not been an issue for many years.

But marine plywood is still wood, and still rots. Now, and in the old days. So, there is not a real advantage to using it for a sub flooring by Airstream.

Pressure treated plywood would not rot, but it is hazardous to health and also can cause corrosion from what I understand. In any event it is not to be used for flooring.
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My sub floor is 5/8" thick.

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I need to mount something to the floor. (I can't say what it is, because I'm sworn to secrecy by a major government.) I need to know how thick the floor is, so I don't run a screw into the fresh water tank below. We're talking about a 2009 Sport, 22 foot. There is stock vinyl floor covering.

Thank you, and your (possibly) government thanks you for your service.

Hi, when I did my living room remodel, My gaucho had like 3 or 4 inch long screws holding it down. When I relocated our gaucho, I noticed that the new screw holes were above my gray tank. I drilled the holes, stuck a small screw driver in the holes, and measured the depth from the top of my floor to the top of my tank. Now buy new screws at least a 1/2" shorter. [my experience] Hope this helps you.
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