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Old 01-09-2009, 12:37 PM   #1
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Hi there folks I posted a message earlier about my floor rot and what I have dicovered. But where my trailer is I can't really work on it all the time like I want to. So I have to tow it over to my sisters house which is about 10-15 miles all about 35mph roads or i could go slower I guess. Anyway the question really is the AS has the floor missing form the back half. Someone metioned that moving it like this might not be safe for te AS structure or anybodyelse for that matter. Please advise..... I'm need to figure out soon.
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Old 01-09-2009, 02:25 PM   #2
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The floor does not carry any loads from the shell to the frame except where it is trapped between the shell and the steel frame. From what I see from your pictures, I do not see any reason you could not tow it at slow speeds to your sister's house to work on it.
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I'm not sure I agree. I always thought the floor and the shell worked in unison. Without sections of flooring, couldn't the shell shift? Even slightly? I always see folks build these supports when working in this manner which I thought was specifically to keep the shell from flexing.

From the pics, unless I am looking at it wrong, you have at least 25% of one end of flooring gone and about 10% of the other end. If the remaining floor is not in good shape....... but I guess if you went REALLY slow and didn't hit any major bumps, dips, etc....
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I think what i'm going to do is support the inside with some 2x4's so the walls don't sag on the frame at the end of the AS. The floor is not really that much gone maybe like he said 20% & 8% at the rear. The rest of it I would say 90% strength just a little messy by the door but nothing big. I'll just drive slow I noticed today that the inside upper panels are fiberglass on the front and the rear.....is that normal ?
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I think what i'm going to do is support the inside with some 2x4's so the walls don't sag on the frame at the end of the AS. The floor is not really that much gone maybe like he said 20% & 8% at the rear. The rest of it I would say 90% strength just a little messy by the door but nothing big. I'll just drive slow I noticed today that the inside upper panels are fiberglass on the front and the rear.....is that normal ?
Yes. Fiberglass headliners were used exclusively, back then.

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The fiberglass is most likely only interior trims and such...I'm fairly confident that under that is alum ribs, sheemetal, etc. I think any fiberglass would be ok while you moved it.
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