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Old 03-04-2014, 05:37 AM   #15
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That sounds easy enough. How do I tackle removing the appliances and cabinets?Attachment 206788
Just remove the screws & rivets, nothing secret there.
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Great I'm excited about starting from a clean slate. So I can strip everything out including the insulation?
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Everything is riveted in? Once I am bare including removal of insulation, what's next? It has vinyl floors.
Peel the flooring back & check all of the perimeter plywood, as you WILL find rot. Do not attempt a fudge fix with epoxy as it will not repair the root problem. Removing the plywood & replacing it is the only way to go & since the interior skins are already out, you'll have access to the top of the bolts. You'll then have to remove the bellypan in order to gain access to the bottom of the bolts.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:42 AM   #18
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Great I'm excited about starting from a clean slate. So I can strip everything out including the insulation?
Yup, but wear a mask
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I will start with removing the walls, appliances first. I wanted to also replace the electrical, so when I strip the walls and I see a mess of wires, do I just cut them out? I assume they will be in the way.
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I will start with removing the walls, appliances first. I wanted to also replace the electrical, so when I strip the walls and I see a mess of wires, do I just cut them out? I assume they will be in the way.
It depends what your plans are for layout. The wiring in the era is good, but may not meet your restoration/refurb direction.
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Hard day today. I removed all of the interior aluminum and left only the insulation. Lots of wires This aluminum is in bad shape and cannot be used.
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No pics until tomorrow. What's next?
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Inspect the floors. Look for weak spots and rot.

Check the frame around the black tank, my frame had rusted through here. The "stuff
" that leaks out here is quite corrosive...
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What is so wrong with the aluminum that it can't be used?

Excessive damage here is unusual. It won't be cheap to replace.
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I will likely get through removing all of the interior wall and ceiling insulation tomorrow. What next? I would like to do more while I have the "bug". I was getting this ridiculous quote of $2000 from a local restoration expert just to tear down the until. I completed half of it in 8 hours.
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It was painted with several layers of paint, has lots or glue and caulking on it. I don't mind the cost of replacing if I can do it myself. Can the scrap aluminum be sold for recycling?
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The used stuff has value at a recycler.

I don't know how difficult it might be to find aluminum in the long length as it came out. I have always bought it in 4 x 10 sheets.

You might save the old sheets to make patterns for the new sheets. The cuts for the compound curves in the front and back will be tricky (time consuming) to duplicate without a pattern.
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A 4 x 10 sheet will be close to a Franklin plus or minus..

If you have to buy sheets, it will take more than 10 sheets to reskin the inside of your trailer.
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