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Old 09-01-2014, 01:57 AM   #15
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Thanks, Cliff, David and J.
That is a beautiful wooden outfit! As for eco-friendly, it depends on the wood treatment and finish. I don't want to use anything that will give a lot of out-gassing volatiles. But I've been thinking about wood lately, since I read that moisture can be a big issue in Airstreams. Wood will act a bit of a moisture absorber, I would assume, to a certain extend at least.
J., what wood/ply did you use to get these curves?
The shower bench is a great idea. It would be difficult to get an original Airstream mould to Australia and I already have a small new bathtub (120cm x70cm). It's enameled steel, which is maybe a bit heavy, but it could just fit between rear bed and the wheel cap!
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:26 AM   #16
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The wood is regular old 1/4" plywood. It is finished with old fashioned varnish which really hasn't produced any aroma since the first month.

I used polyurethane on two shelfs and two tables. I do smell this poly after the trailer is set up for a time in the heat, but never the varnish even though there is many times more of it.

In the sixteen months or so since completion, I haven't had a problem with water, and I figure even if I do, I can just replace the affected piece.

I figure that the wood helps greatly with the heating and cooling as compared to my 75 that has a stock interior and larger air conditioner.

This July when parked side by side in the New Mexico sun the 72 stayed noticeably cooler. Might be a factor in Australia.
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:01 AM   #17
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If your end caps are in good shape it is best and easiest to glue a wood veneer over them.
I'm just starting on a total shell off on a '65 and know that the interior end caps
add rigidity to the over all monocoque design structure.
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Just a note on this, but in my estimation the wood in the front of my trailer probably adds more to the structure of the trailer than the plastic I took out.

I know it is hard to appreciate from pictures alone, but the structure that this wood imparts is substantial.
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