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Old 01-09-2016, 02:18 PM   #15
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When I built my new home and mountain log home I used "Advantech" Engineered wood subfloor manufactured by Huber Engineered Wood Products. This is a resin impregnated engineered flooring material that is highly water resistant, very stable and seems like it might be a good replacement for marine grade plywood in our trailers as the original floors ROT with Marine grade plywood.

I have found no other "sheet" composite to replace the marine grade plywood for floor replacement.

Anyone use Advantech flooring to the our trailers or have an opinion on it's use in our trailers?

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AdvanTech Flooring, AdvanTech Subflooring, AdvanTech Floor | Huber Engineered Woods
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Old 01-18-2016, 03:43 PM   #16
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Now working shell-on frame repair and floor replacement. Ordered Advantech as it is available locally in 5/8" thick and is the most weather resistant affordable option I have found. I used 3/4" T&G Advanech for the floor of a storage building last summer and was impressed with this product. Time will tell how it performs for our 67 Overlander.
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Old 01-18-2016, 05:21 PM   #17
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Have you soaked a piece of the Advantech in warm water for a couple of days? Still looks like OSB to me.
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Old 01-19-2016, 07:16 AM   #18
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I built my house with it 13 yrs ago and left a full sheet outside for 7 yrs laying on the ground. Ended using it for a project- no damage to sheet. It was discolored but still solid. I was so impressed that is what I have in argosy. Btw, I live in Alabama so this stuff is really great. No separation at all. If you can find it- use it
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Old 01-19-2016, 03:37 PM   #19
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Have you soaked a piece of the Advantech in warm water for a couple of days? Still looks like OSB to me.
YES!

I have done exactly that soaking a section of Advantech floor board for over 30 days starting in warm water and then left to whatever temperature the water was in the bucket and personally saw NO change in the composition, integrity or straightness of the product. Just as strong as the day I put the board in the water.

That's is why I installed Advantech subflooring material in my new home built in 2001 and my mountain home built in 2005.

Why did I do this test in the first place?

15 years ago when I first considered using the Advantech product that's what Huber had advertised and was doing with their product to show its stability and resistance to water damage. I personally wanted to see if it was true or advertising BS since I was building a new house and wanted a better subfloor material than plywood or coated OSB.

The result of my test was their advertising was TRUE!

This is why I originally asked the question of why not use Advantech flooring in a Airstream as a better floor material replacement in the first place!

As to your statement that it "Looks Like OSB":

Yes Advantech "Looks" like OSB as it is an "Oriented Strand Board" type of engineered wood product that is thoroughly impregnated with resin unlike the regular OSB board you are probably comparing Advantech to.
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:19 PM   #20
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Advantech

I've been thinking a lot about this lately myself. I read a lot of negative info about advantech on this forum a while back and gave up on it. Thinking back no one who panned it had any experience using it in this application.

Recently I remembered that I have first hand knowledge of the product. In 2000 and again in 2005 I purchased enclosed landscape trailers that had floors made from advantech. I used them both heavily for 13 and 8 years respectively in New England for landscaping.

That use involved rolling wet equipment in and out. Clumps of wet grass and leaves sitting on the floor indefinitely. Spilled gasoline, motor oil and god knows how many other solvents over that time.

I sold both trailers last year and both floors still seemed rock solid. The trailers were steel chassis, steel square tube ribs clad in painted aluminum. I couldn't be happier with both trailers performance. I think my failure to recall my use of advantech flooring is a testament to their problem free nature. It should also be noted that both floors appeared to me to be unpainted/untreated though I can't say for certain as I never paid them any attention .

IIRC the trailers were manufactured by Cargo Express.
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Making good progress, but found locknuts were not a good choice for holding elevator bolts. The bolts do not hold in the decking as soon as the nylon insert contacts threads. Looks like hex nuts and bending the bolt when tightened is still the system to use.
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Old 01-24-2016, 01:57 PM   #23
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Ordered 100 elevator bolts, not enough.
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Old 01-24-2016, 08:00 PM   #24
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Making good progress, but found locknuts were not a good choice for holding elevator bolts. The bolts do not hold in the decking as soon as the nylon insert contacts threads. Looks like hex nuts and bending the bolt when tightened is still the system to use.
One trick an old-timer taught me, to lock a nut on a bolt, deform the thread next to the nut with a small cold chisel and hammer.
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Any video available on how to change this out? Pulled panels and now looks like I have to remove galvanized channels and put in new fiberglass everywhere
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