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Old 10-23-2011, 02:55 PM   #1
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What year did AS stop using plywood floors?

My 97 had partical board or osb. What was the last year for real plywood?

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Old 10-23-2011, 03:11 PM   #2
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Others will probably be able to give much more specific info - there have been lots of threads about this subject.

One thing I can say for sure is that 97 was not the last year for real plywood.
My 2005 Classic 30 has plywood.

I have the impression that AS have been in and out of plywood over the years for reasons best known to them. Also in any (or some?) given years, some models used
osb and others used plywood. For example, although our 2005 has plywood, others have reported that their particular model of the same year had osb.

When I decided to buy our first AS three years ago, I almost changed my mind when I learned that they still used wooden floors. I really thought for sure that such a costly trailer would have some sort of composite floor impervious to water damage.

In the end I decided to buy anyway. I haven't found any rot in ours yet - not to say there isn't any - but I do try to pay a lot of attention to the caulking and check over the whole trailer including the roof pretty much every time we take it out of storage.

No guarantee, but it has to help!


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Old 10-23-2011, 06:44 PM   #3
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I was on the site and came across this video that shows the manufacturing of Airstreams in the 1980's. As you view the video, you can see what appears to be particle board. see the attached link below

Great video on the history regardless. I know our 1972 plywood floor is solid as ever so there is also a point to let you know where plywood continued to be used.

best of luck.

The link is Airstream Excella Travel Trailer Factory Production 1980's -
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Some models use/used OSB, but plywood, in various thicknesses, continues to be used.
So.... Check your own trailer to see what's there.
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:04 AM   #5
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Well, I don't have an airstream at present but am considering buying another.

Now I suppose the question is when OSB or particle board began to be used? I'll try a search.
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Our 2009 has a plywood floor. No OSB.......

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