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Old 11-11-2013, 09:33 PM   #1
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'70s interior wall, what & where?

I'd like to re-use the channels that hold the wall material in the Safari. What is the sheet material called and where can I find a like product ?.

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Old 11-11-2013, 10:56 PM   #2
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Walls in '70s Airstream and Argosy trailers are made of lauan plywood, which is available at most home supply stores/lumber yards. The partition walls in '70s trailers were covered with vinyl laminate material to get the woodgrain look, and that can be difficult to match. You can, however, do what a previous owner of my Argosy did and use nice wallpaper instead.

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Old 11-11-2013, 11:23 PM   #3
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Our trailer is from 1971, and the bulkheads were all a plastic fake dark wood grain laminate over "crapboard". We've replaced them all with 1/4" birch plywood.

We like the way wood looks and feels. If you want to use laminate again (it's definitely less work to finish ) I'd try Luan plywood w/ grade 12 laminate on each side; this should come out to right around .250" - which is what the slots are sized for....

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Old 11-11-2013, 11:25 PM   #4
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Yes, in my older Argosy the wood grained vinyl had bubbled, become brittle and come off in places; took me a bit of research but there was honey colored luan--not bad looking. Using a hair dryer, the woodgrain vinyl can be removed relatively easily where ever necessary. It can be replaced with new, unfaded vinyl or painted over. I'm considering filling the pores to make it smooth, sanding, and coating with a varnish. Luan wood can be quite handsome finished--I've seen furniture made from luan, or Meranti, or Phillippine mahogany, as luan is sometimes called. Has anyone heard of stripping down to the luan in ASs? Alternatively, birch veneer plywood is available to replace the luan in the extruded aluminum cabinetry and walls. Birch wouldn't need the pores of the wood filled prior to paint or finish. Check out Lowe's/HD for birch sheets as a start, if interested.
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Old 11-12-2013, 05:54 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I was under the impression that 1/4 inch material might not fit into the channels. I also see a plus side to how firm/rigid the original panels are. Rocky
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