Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-27-2015, 03:37 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
lewisville , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 21
tips or tricks for subfloor install

I have removed my badly rotted subfloor on my 72 Argosy. Most of it just fell apart. I made a paper template of the floor and have cut and coated the ply and plan to install the floor this weekend. Do I need to remove the shell from the front and back plates or is there a trick to getting the floor in without removing the plates? Or can I remove one and jack up one end a little for some wiggle room? Any thoughts.

Harp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2015, 07:00 AM   #2
Rivet Master
Belegedhel's Avatar
1973 21' Globetrotter
Houston , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1,902
I assume you have done all the things consistent with a floor replacement (ie., removing at least the edges of the belly pan and banana wraps, removing the lower most inside skins, etc.). So your approach is a "shell-on" floor replacement. In this case, you want to drill out as few rivets as possible (ie., leave the hold down plates alone, and leave the C-channels attached to the shell). You will likely have to split your plywood sections in half in order to get them to slip under/into the C channels (especially at the ends). This splitting will require you to scap them back together with a "doubler" underneath.

To be honest, though, you are doing a shell-off with the shell still on, which is about the hardest way I can think of to replace the floor. You are about 90% of the way toward doing a shell off, and I would recommend going all the way and just removing the shell. My tool/method of choice for this is a set of home-made gantries and a couple of chain hoists.

For more tips, do a google search for "Airforums shell-on" and you will get several hits from the forums discussing the tips, tricks, and challenges of your operation.

good luck!

Belegedhel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2015, 07:10 AM   #3
3 Rivet Member
1973 23' Safari
1970 27' Overlander
Boerne , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 125
There are methods in some threads. One mentioned a method to get the rear most piece of subfloor in - take out the back plate, then put some weight on the rear frame and/or lift up on the shell to create a gap between the shell and frame, then slide the plywood in from the back of the trailer (outside to inside).
I hope to be at this stage soon.
Greg1410 is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Foil insulation - observations, tips and tricks malconium General Interior Topics 103 08-05-2015 02:51 PM
Virgin Roof no more. New Heatpump on my 64 with extras, tips and tricks. robwok Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 14 08-28-2013 12:31 PM
Rear airbags on '87 345 - any tips or tricks moeriv Classic Motorhomes 6 11-15-2011 08:31 AM
RV campground planning tips and tricks Mifair Member Introductions 23 10-25-2010 10:52 AM
New Full Timer any tips and tricks Court Member Introductions 2 06-08-2010 06:29 PM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:43 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.