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Old 01-22-2016, 02:41 PM   #1
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U channel or C Channel????

I need to replace some floor on my 1958 22 ft traveler.

I have read a lot of posts about the C channel and then reference to the U channel on older vintage trailers.

Which floor channel will a 1958 Traveler have???
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Old 01-22-2016, 03:44 PM   #2
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It is actually a J channel.

It looks like this-


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If I understand correctly the concept of the "J" channel in 1958 vintage trailers the wood flooring "Butt's" up against the short edge of the "J" channel instead of inserting into the "C" channel as on later built trailers.

Is this correct????
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The J channel rests on top of and is bolted to the sub-floor for all early Airstreams. From the 40s to the early 60s, the J channel was formed from sheet aluminum. The extruded U channel came about in 64 or 65. The more complex C/U channel was introduced in 69 for the straight sections and later the curved front and rear.
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Here is a photo of my 66 "U" channel. It more closely resembles a U than a C in my view, but most folks call it the C channel. It plays an important roll in attaching the exterior skins, the subfloor, the frame, and the interior skins all together.

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Thanks for the pictures and the verbal description.

I now understand!!!!
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