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Old 07-21-2009, 07:47 PM   #1
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Question of Existing Floor Penetration 66Tradewind

I have been helping a friend with his 66 Tradewind. There is a floor penetration under the front gaucho toward the street side that we are unsure of. Does anyone know what the purpose of this is. We suspect it is some kind of vent but are unsure if its connected to the heater. Enclosed is a picture. Thanks.
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:39 PM   #2
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There are two things that I can think of:
1, in Wally's trailers he put a an opening in the floor for ventilation. This allowed him to keep the windows closed (for noise) and open the roof vents, thus pulling the cool air from the grass in to the trailer. But 64 would have been too late to be his.
2, a floor safe. I do not hink I have seen one in a 64 but they were common in the late 80's and 90's. Could have been installed by PO. It apppears as though there was some sort of flashing around the opening (dark stains in straight line 1.00" wide..?).

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Old 07-22-2009, 07:20 AM   #3
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66 Tradewind Floor Penetration- Unknown

Dear Drag'nwagon,

Thanks for the reply, but this is a 1966 Tradewind that I'm helping a friend on not a 1964 model. The stains are where the gaucho was in direct contact with the subfloor.

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Question of Existing Floor Penetration 66Tradewind

If the coach has a front mounted fresh water tank, it may be a vent for your furnace. One of the advertising points that Airstream emphasized at the time was that the compartments with holding tanks received "ducted heat".

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Old 07-22-2009, 08:18 AM   #5
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You can make it into a Wally floor. I have one in the Caravel and it works great.

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