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Old 10-15-2014, 06:36 AM   #71
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Your belly pan & wall interiors most likely have more of those treasures inside. That's a very strong reason to drop your belly pan & take your interior walls out :-). You'll have to rewire & reinsulate anyhow, and getting rid of all the nastiness is the fun part! Lol!


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Old 10-15-2014, 05:21 PM   #72
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Does anyone know what the thickness is of the plywood used on the floor in A 57 Caravanner? I've heard 5/8, 1/2, and 3/4, take a look at what condition underneath my front floor was in ...

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Old 10-15-2014, 06:40 PM   #73
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Does anyone know what the thickness is of the plywood used on the floor in A 57 Caravanner? I've heard 5/8, 1/2, and 3/4, take a look at what condition underneath my front floor was in ...

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My trailer which is just like yours had 5/8. I replaced it with 3/4.

If you have to replace the belly pan which is likely, you'll find that it will be wrapped over the C channel inside the walls. The factory put the belly pan on first with the frame upside down and then flipped it and dropped the shell on. It's one of the most difficult things to deal with on this vintage.

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Old 10-18-2014, 09:13 PM   #74
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Please look up making a template before you rip up too much more of that floor. Making the floor template now will save you a ton of heartache later. Also they probably use .025 thick aluminum for the belly. It's a bit thin and wears out faster. Replacing the entire pan is wise, save all of the original pieces to use as patterns.

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This is a current project just scroll through the archives and you'll see lots of helpful posts


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Old 10-21-2014, 10:06 AM   #75
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Added a few supports to the front frame, going to add an outrigger or piece of angle iron to the front left side due to the fact it didn't have one because of the water tank drain drop, Click image for larger version

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Old 10-22-2014, 06:35 AM   #76
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What do you guys think about replacing the old running lights with LEDs instead of the original type running lights
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:28 PM   #78
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Are the LED's available with a lens that resembles the original lenses?
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Old 10-23-2014, 04:01 PM   #79
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Just about any automotive incandescent bulb would have an LED replacement, which may or may not fit. You might want to contact Dan at led4rv - LEDs 4, Recreational Vehicles He had replacements for all the lighting on my 1987 Excella.

I can tell you that having made the change to LED's, I have crisp flashing of signal lights and nice bright marker lights, plus I no longer have to run around the trailer tapping on the lights to have them make contact because of corrosion. As well, the current drawn is far less, so less stress on the TV's flasher and switches.
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:31 AM   #80
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Progress on the floor, it will be treated with water sealer also, I screwed and glued the floor, and after using 3/4 plywood the floor feels as hard as concrete..

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Old 10-27-2014, 06:32 AM   #81
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Nice!
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:34 AM   #82
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LED's get my vote.

A couple of years ago, the wiring to our front running lights failed because of overload from the old incandescent lights. The new LED's are brighter, and much, much more reliable.
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:02 PM   #83
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ID:	225256Ok guys, I've made up my mind, it's just two hard to have the irons in the fire on two units, I'm selling the 1957 Carvanner, Sell price will be firm at 1800.00 front 1/3 of the floor is replaced and the trailer is half way empty. If you know anyone whom would be interested, PM me, the trailer location is in Elkins Wv
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:08 PM   #84
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Didn't you take the # of the guy who offered you $3350? I'd grab it in a heartbeat if I lived anywhere near you!
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