I am looking for info and input on the possibilities, and method.
The reason I posted this question here rather than the MH section was that if it had been done before, it would most likely have been a trailer. The MH has a similar bodyside section to the trailers of a similar vintage, and would have the same issues.
When you look at the work that Airstreams4u do, obviously cutting large holes in Airstream structures is possible with the right frame/body reinforcement.
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The opening I am looking at, is small in comparison.
Sacrilege... maybe, to some people, but when I show why I am thinking about this, maybe it will be better understood.
A slideout in an Airplane... amusing, but come on!
The reason that it is not done has nothing to do with structure... in fact there are many holes in aircraft structures, and all of them have perimeter strengthening to compensate, exactly as I am proposing.
If the frame of the factory Trailers was beefier... maybe they should have used that frame for other models... there would be some happier streamers with better built trailers I think.
Anyway, back on track.
This is what I am dealing with... PO gift.
Body damage that starts in the entrance door, and extends about 8' along the bodyside.
The entrance handle was ripped off... This was under the patch panel.
So, I researched and amassed all of the info I needed to repair this.
Remove kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.
Remove interior skin.
Remove windows, and exterior skin from entrance door to rear wrap.(about 1000 rivets).
Repair/replace bent ribs.
Replace floor(rotted due to leaks).
Replace all of above.
A LOT of work to bring this baby back.
After watching some TV shows where they retrofit slide outs, I wondered.
I could cut out the most damaged area, and the rotten floor, reinforce the opening with 4x2 or similar extruded aluminum. The slide out mechanisms are available that go in the floor or in the wall, dependent on space.
E-Z Slideout System
The slideout would be from just behind the entrance door and extend back to the shower wall, which would be the whole kitchen.
This would be about 18" into the rear wheel opening, but that is not an issue.
The biggest issue is how much slide is possible with the curve in the body...
One area where the MH differs from the trailer to my advantage, is the subfloor structure... The is a 2x2 steel frame below the floor... seen in this COOL video of the building of the MH(about 1:35 in).