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Old 01-05-2015, 08:12 PM   #1
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Wood paneling ideas

I'm looking to completely gut a 70s airstream, and really want to do wood paneling on just the bubble ends. First, do I panel over the existing interior paneling? Also, I'm hoping there's people on here who are willing to tell me what they used for paneling, fasteners/glues, and techniques for cutting and bending panels.
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:08 PM   #2
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Also, I plan on putting reclaimed tongue-in-groove planks on the rest of the walls. Can I fasten those over the original factory paneling as well? And if so, how?
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Wood over interior aluminum skins to keep shell integrity.

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Does anyone have any experience/documentation with putting wood paneling OVER the factory paneling? So as to maintain structural integrity? How do you tackle running new wiring and installing new lights when putting the wood over the factory?
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Are you planning on towing the trailer when you are done? Airstreams do have a finite gross weight and wood is relatively heavy. Might want to calculate the weight of the materials...

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Yeah I plan on towing it. From my understanding, most people use 1/8th inch wood paneling split into 11 or 13 different curved pieces. I can't imagine that adding up to a substantial weight!
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Woody..

Sounds like fun~

To rewire.. label all interior metal panels.. make aligning marks so you can reassemble... drill out the rivets... carefully store the metal sheets..

Buy some Klecos.. you'll need them.. oh, and the pliers too... Wear a mask to clean out the insulation and the likely mouse results.

Rewire... reinstall insulation.. reinstall the metal... then install the wood.

Oh, one tip might be to lay the metal sheet over the wood to mark where the rivets will be...

Buy the right tools.. and keep the blades sharp.

Have fun!
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Wood paneling ideas

I took the interior aluminum off, rewired to my taste, put the aluminum back and just secured 1/4" plywood to the walls using screws driven into the skins.

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My trailer weighs in at under 7,000 lbs.

I made a jig to make the cutouts for the electric boxes. The jig fit on the floor and gave me the right height for the cutouts on the walls, and it also showed me where to make the cuts laterally by lining up the jig with marks I had made on the floor when the walls were not up.

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Wow guys, thanks. I appreciate the info! J. Morgan - did you use 1/4" on the bubble ends too? One more dumb question, what do you mean by a jig?
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My dear friend J.Morgan RAWKS!!! I am going to do this with my 1999 when it's due. I will probably (hopefully) get J. Morgan to come over and share some home-brew and laugh at my escapade!
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One more, what do you use the clekos for?
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Wood paneling ideas

I will post a picture of my jig tomorrow, this will make everything clear!

Essentially everything in the trailer is made of plywood, all of the walls are 1/4", i cut some 3/4" plywood into dimensional lumber to frame the cabinets, etc.

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One more, what do you use the clekos for?
Clecos allow you to hold two pieces of sheet metal together in proper alignment for drilling or riveting. There is no better way to hold the panels in place (especially on curved surfaces) to ensure you can reuse the existing holes when reassembling the parts removed. This video clip will clarify:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/LfX10fcrRS4

FYI - Standard 1/8" paneling is much easier to flex than 1/4" for some of the curves you might be tackling. However, you may benefit from considering bendable plywood [also known as Curve-Ply, Flexply, Wacky Wood, and Wiggle wood] for tighter radius turns on the end caps. Bending plywood is normally made out of imported hardwood veneers (2 or 3 ply) with the grain layers all running in one direction which allows greater bendability to the panel. It is most readily available in birch and you can add a veneer to match almost any finish from exotics woods to laminates. When you see panels listed as 4' x 8' and 8' x 4', the difference is the direction in which the board will bend. When bent a 4' x 8' will stand 8' tall & wrap like a column. The 8' x 4' panel size will stand 4' tall and wrap like a barrel.
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Thanks again for the info guys! I look forward to seeing that pic, J. Morgan!
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