Originally Posted by jimmer1945
Hi Kevin, Your right, water is the root cause of most of the problems. The previous owner had a window unit air conditioner in the front window and used plywood to box it in. My guess is that's where most of the water came from. The unit sat outside exposed to all kind of weather conditions for over ten years. I do plan to check all the exterior for leaks.
My plan is to remove most everything from inside the camper and see what i've got. I'm hoping I won't have to replace all the flooring. I'm not sure what the sandwiched insulated floor is your asking about? It has 3/4" plywood with fiberglass insulation underneath that.
The reason I want to take the interior panels out is to patch, repair or replace the panels with fairly large holes that someone tried to patch. You can see in the photos some of the patching. I can't imagine why there are holes everywhere? If you know a better way, please let me know. I'm also not sure what your saying about the wooden bulkhead panels? Are you saying some of the panels are wood?
About the Fall Rally, is that the one in North Ga. Hiawassee? If it is I can be there for sure on Saturday morning for the open house. Let me know what site your in and I will look you up. I see your from Rock Hill S.C., you wouldn't know a guy named Dennis Jones would you? I was in the service with a guy from Rock Hill.
Thanks again for your help,
Some model year Avions have a composite sandwich floor that consists of an insulation layer between two sheets of plywood. I wasn't sure if the 69 Sportsman had this.
In my earlier post I refer to skins and panels. The interior wall cover is commonly referred to as a skin, and in your case it's vinyl coated. The bulkhead panels I reference are the wood partitions perpendicular to the trailer walls. They usually makeup the ends of cabinets or are the dividers between rooms.
The interior aluminum skin can be removed and replaced but it's very unlikely that you'll find a similar replacement. So for small drilled holes I'd just fill it with a rivet. On larger holes I'd try to hang something over the hole (picture, clock, etc...) if it's in a suitable location, otherwise I'd probably patch it with a piece of aluminum.
My personal take on patches. IMHO they seldom take away from the appearance of the trailer if done well. I try to use a round patch when possible. If the patch needs to to be square or rectangular then I will round off the corners. This doesn't do anything other than make it look better (to me). It also helps to have the rivets evenly spaced and aligned. We use aluminum pop-rivets for interior applications, and olympic or bucked rivets for the exterior. One final note on patches...You might consider using an alternate material. Levon used a piece of brass to patch a hole/dent on his Daughter's Bambi. It was cut in a heart shape, engraved and looked nice.
Some Airstream owners (Zepplinium comes to mind) have been very creative in their efforts to re-skin interior portions on their rigs using raw aluminum sheet, or wood veneers. I've seen others use wall patching materials but I don't know what the service life in this instance. I suppose you could use some type of automotive body filler.
It looks like your bulkheads were chopped up to accommodate speakers and such. You could remove and replace them, or simply re-skin them with a thin wood panel or material of your liking.
We can't make the Falluminum rally in Hiawassee this year but this is a great group of people. Alan and the gang put on a fun event each Spring and Fall at the Georgia Mountain Fairground. You wouldn't be the first to attend without a trailer (Right Rachel?
) We've had a blast at the last two Springstream rallies and I know I speak for the group in saying that your presence would be welcomed.
We'll be at the Fall Vintage rally in Walland, TN which on 9/910 -9/12/10. This is a similar event that draws Airstream, Avion, Shasta, Eriba Puck, Argosy, Barth, and many other brands. There will be open house time at both rallies where you can tour rigs, talk to owners and get some ideas to use during you restoration/renovation efforts.
Best of Luck,