09-16-2006, 07:13 PM
1977 31' Sovereign
, New York
Join Date: Aug 2006
The real work begins
See pics http://www.airforums.com/photos/browseimages.php?do=member&imageuser=15915
Itís not as bad as it looks, the shell and the reast of the floor is great it is just the one corner, about 30" W X 48L
After following this forum for a few weeks and now doing this retrofit I believe the route of the water damage is the 2Ē fiberglass insulation not drying out and rotting the steel.
Iím removing all of it under the floor.
I was looking at the banana skins there in good shape except there is slight perforation at each outrigger frame at the sharpest turn.
Iím not replacing those skins or Iíll never be ready for Thanksgiving.
What I plan on doing is removing the rivets at the bottom edge of the banana skin where it meets the belly pan thereby not disturbing the trim moulding and insert etc.
Take out all insulation do the por etc.
Iíll cut 4Ē x 6Ē patches and insert them inside the banana skin where the perforations are with some sealer and a few rivets.
There will be no insulation under the floor, I will seal the wood with fiberglass resin.
Inside the whole floor will get fiberglassed.
The whole floor inside will get the foil r-14 under the Pergo.
Iím never doing this job again, this should last forever.
Plenty of rot/rust right there, but when I look a little further the paint on the frame is shiny black. Iíll weld in some 1/8Ē steel to beef it up do the por 15 thing.
Put new belly skin in rear, about 60x60 area.
I think I can reuse the belly skin in the front.
When I bought this there were no rear beds, so I'm building a short queen cross ways with access from outside thu a luggage door.
Iím saving one of the overhead cabinets for bedding etc.
Bath will stay except new toilet shower head controls.
all new pex plumbing, removed steel duct work replacing that with 4" flex insulated cost $11.
Besides weight savings it will allow more space under the kitchen & toilet sinks.
The kitchen will be rebuilt as it was same fronts all the tambor is good. A new stove top will replace the original (anyone need the old one?)
Also a new Formica top.
The wardrobe doors and frame were removed the upper cabinets will stay, bunk beds will go in that space.
Fridge and pantry are staying ( That is if it gets cold over night) the credenza in front of the fridge will go. As well as the table and Gaucho (all for sale)
Thinking about doing a wrap around dinette.
The Univolt works but will go, a new 55amp power center is planned removing the original breaker box.
I would look forward to your opinions.
'77 Sovereign Intl 31' CB
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