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Old 08-11-2010, 07:37 AM   #29
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Hey Ron
another thanks for the photos, finally got the bathroom out of my 64tw, but a LONG way to go esp since I'm not as good at this as you are. I am taking lots of photos and as you can see in this photo I wont be using the rims you gave me anytime soon!

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Old 10-13-2010, 08:44 AM   #30
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1957 Overlander rear bath floor replacement

We are looking to buy a 57 Overlander and the bath floor is soft. This is a huge point for us that we are wrestling with. I have looked at the pics and read here, but still trying to get a handle on just how big a job thsi is, and how likely it is that when we open it up, we will find we need to do welding and frame repair.

Any knowledge is appreciated.

What we are thinkingis that we will remove everything inside ourselves. We will maybe tackel the whole job, but maybe turn over the actual opening the belly pan and putting in new plywood to some pros, and then put the stuff back ourselves. Just thinkign and trying to figure out our options and just what all is required here to get the job done.

Will we require welding?
Is this something a relative newbie should be able to do?
What about getting help from the guy who has doen all our home repairs?
If we do something wrong, is the darned thing going to fall apart?
Are we over-stressing and it's more a matter of time than construction skills?

We love the 57 we found, and the plumbing repair and water heater replacement are not holding us back. The floor is making us question. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

We have a 15 Scotty and want something bigger. We have done some serious work on the Scotty, so, we are not hands off totally. Just trying to understand what is ahead for us.

Tim & Stephanie in East TN

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Old 10-13-2010, 11:24 AM   #31
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if it's just the bath floor that would almost be a surprise. Most older trailers have had some leaks that were either found and fixed or ignored. The soft wood flooring is what happens. This is not restricted to your 50s model by any means.
If however the floor rot is not that old, the frame may only be rusty and need clean up and sealing.
It depends on how deep you want to go and how much you want to invest in time and money to get it right. Could be very well worth it though if you can make it a nice and usable vintage Airstream. The returns are good for getting a project like this done right.
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:32 AM   #32
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The owner says it is soft at the shower. I don't know if maybe that means a leak from the inside, or a leak from the outside. No telling.

I do things right when I make repairs. And I have no idea how bad this soft spot is. But, worst case what to plan for and then anything else is a pleasant relief! So, planning on replacing the entire bath floor.

It is pretty much a one owner camper. Same owner since 1960. An engineer and it was used until recently. That's a big plus to me. I believe it has been well maintained until last year. So, I am hopeful that floor is not also hiding serious rusty frame underneath...

Thanks for the response!
-Tim & Stephanie
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Old 10-14-2010, 04:32 AM   #33
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I'm a newbie too and dove right into rear bath floor repair. Gutted the bathroom in 2-3 hrs, and took extensive pics/video. I'm doing the same type of clamshell repair and this thread has been very helpful. I think you have to just dive in and see what you're working with - so much is hidden until you open it up. I expected a horrible frame but it was fine.
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:56 AM   #34
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We started down that road when we brought our 1976 Sovereign home about a month ago. Discovered extensive problems with the floor (not so tough to do) and then we discovered so many rusted out frame parts that we were surprised it made it here without falling apart. Now we are tearing it out and hope to get the frame repaired by the spring.

We don't have a clue about welding so will have to turn that over to someone who does. Once the frame is good to go, we will be installing new everything top to bottom as we can afford it. The goal is to have a camper to use for a long, long time. I am wishing you luck on your project!

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