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Old 03-28-2006, 10:43 AM   #1
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How much pain?

Ok, I'm looking at doing a full shell off. The question is, how much grief is it to pull the inner skin completely out?

The reason for this would be to replace the old insulation with new.

I have heard many say that's a good way to get any old and musty smells out. I'm thinking this would be a tremendous job. How bad is it? Any brave souls attempt it?

I'm sure it would be easier to rewire it with the inner skin pulled out. But is it really necessary? If my trailer doesn't smell bad, is it wasted work for me to go to this length? Or since I'm ripping it totally apart anyway, is it not that much more? Any brave souls out there do this? How bad was it? What new insulation would I use? Same fiberglass batts I use in the house? Use spray adhesive to hold it in place? Inquiring mind want to know


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Old 03-28-2006, 10:47 AM   #2
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Yes, we are still into it... and it´s a pain in the a**, but well worth it. With every innershell segment that we removed more and more mice nest were visible and we even didn´t know that there were mice before... We counted 11 upto now and the dirty smell is gone now...
We will put the new insulation in in the next months and will try to make the Airstream mice tight.

I would attempt it and get a new carpet that will help also.

Good luck!!!


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Old 03-28-2006, 11:09 AM   #3
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They call it the "full monte" when you strip it down like that. Lots and lots of threads and tons of help here....

We have a '71 31' Sovereign that we're attempting to do this on. We've had it a little over a month and all we've done is remove everything, scrub the interior walls and cut out the back end floor. I used a shovel (literally) to shovel out the poop. I was hoping we could skip the interior skin removal...but now Bjorn brings up the mouse problem...well, we may have to remove the interior skins afterall.
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Old 03-28-2006, 11:44 AM   #4
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It's a lot of work. A lot of work. I've got mine completely apart and am (finally) putting it all back together. There are many opinions and methods of insulating. Same with wiring. My wiring is in very good shape, BTW. IMHO, the only way to get the smells out is to completely gut it, clean it and put it back together. You also get the oportunity to check the "health" of the frame an so on doing a Full Monty. I'll be replacing many of the interior items due to wear and smell.

You can see my thread here. It's a long thread, but maybe something helpful for you there.

Uwe's thread is here. Great work and a lot of inspiration:

JCFerguson has some beautiful wood work and designs here:

Malconium has several very good threads discussing in good techical detail many of the processes of a complete rebuild (insulation, new floor, etc).

NorCal Bambi has some great ideas as well:

These are just a few of the people that I take inspiration from. There are others that I can't find right away (Moogie32, a-merry-can), and I certainly don't mean to leave anybody out.

It is a lot of work, my problem is that I don't nearly enough time to work on it. I'm ready to take the think camping!


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