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Old 09-22-2015, 02:39 AM   #15
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Fixed the pics.

I'm sure I can use the shim and wedge method to lift the shell and get wood under there enough that it won't fail and will be just fine. I'm sure people have done worse.



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Old 09-22-2015, 04:05 AM   #16
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Well now I can't sleep. I guess I'm removing this belly pan and building a new one. This will solve the problem. I can lift the shell with a jack to get new wood in there? I don't want to spend a weekend building a frame lifting system.

The belly pan looks likes swiss cheese anyway and the front and back are rotted. It would be a lot of patching. Might as well make a new one right?

Just put anew axle on it too. Lol. Here goes another $600!
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Old 09-22-2015, 07:41 AM   #17
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Old 09-22-2015, 07:45 AM   #18
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Already ordering 42' of .025 aluminum for this job. I want it overwith so I can get on with my life. Haha. I am doing the "full monte" and I'm more excited about doing the wiring and cabinetry than this stupid floor. Current state of the belly pan:





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Old 09-22-2015, 10:41 AM   #19
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Just got 42' of .025 aluminum from Airparts, Inc! Great customer experience and I'll have the sheets in time to get this done in 2 weeks
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Old 09-22-2015, 10:51 AM   #20
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Good luck, looks like a heck of a project. Look forward to seeing your rapid success!
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Use wedges at the edges of the wood and replace one sheet at a time by splitting the sheet down the center.

I didn't have time for a shell off either, we went on our first trip 120 days after purchase with this in the middle.

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what is that next to TV?? heater? ac unit?
did you leave off belly pan an just do banna wraps down to frame?
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So you are doing a "Shell up"... where you pry up some of it at a time and slip the plywood underneath. You still need to cut the elevator bolts to about 2' away from where you are prying up to accomplish this... and you need a supply of new bolts to put in as you go along. Tighten them up when you are finished and bend over the end like they were before... this keeps the nuts from being able to vibrate loose.

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what is that next to TV?? heater? ac unit?

did you leave off belly pan an just do banna wraps down to frame?

That is my wall furnace, it does a great job heating my trailer, it has been tested to the single digits...


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Well I've got the 3/16" rivets and elevator bolts on the way from VTS. I have the sheet metal on its way from Air. Now I just need to buy some good sheet metal cutting tools, 3/4" marine ply, and foam board insulation. I hope to have this done in a weekend. New floor and belly pan. I'll paint the frame over the next couple of weeks after work. When the belly pan is off I'll paint the bottom of the frame. We'll see what happens! Wiring will be next. I already have the materials and panel ready.
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Termites in the home are a way of life here. You just get it tented every 10 years. When the tent comes off a new colony just flies in.
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Craig, Listen up, all is not necessarily lost. I had to replace the floor in my 87 32' because the factory failed to seal under an exterior access door which funneled water to the belly pan. A properly applied top quality caulk has that now sealed. There was also some seepage at the rub-rail leval which was taken care of in the same way. The former owner stepped through the floor and gave up. I went in and removed the old particle board floor with saws, drills and chisels until the channel was clear of all wood. I did not remove any bolts or other fasteners that were present but rather cut away the pieces of new plywood to fit in the channel. It was one devil of a job but when done it was sound. One trick I used to discover how the water was getting in was spraying hose water from every imaginable angle. Since completed it has stood the test of many major rain storms. I do not know how to post some pictures for you; so if you send me your e-mail address I will send them. use: rday@zipcon.net Ciao, Roger Day
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it sure is a slippery slope . . .

You're probably going to want 5/8" plywood (not 3/4).

And CDX, in my opinion, (everybody's got one right?) is sufficient . . . coat/seal the perimeter/edge, regardless of the plywood type.

There's nothing like wrestling giant sheets of aluminum while lying on your back under the trailer - one of my favorite tasks - hopefully you have an assistant (it would have made it so much easier if I'd had one).
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