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Old 11-06-2014, 09:19 AM   #1
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Please forgive my naiveté. Has anyone replaced the interior walls with thin plywood or resurfaced existing walls with wood to obtain a cabin or log home feel?
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:14 AM   #2
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Please forgive my naiveté. Has anyone replaced the interior walls with thin plywood or resurfaced existing walls with wood to obtain a cabin or log home feel?
Not sure what you have. Your bio says vintage kin. In Airstreams the original interior skin is aluminum. It needs to stay. It adds to the structural strength of the trailer. You would need to add something over it. Keep in mind your adding weight so the lighter the better.
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I haven't done it but I would love to have the warmer feel of some varnished Birch Plywood. As Geo said above it will add some weight.
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:06 PM   #4
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Yes,,,

Over the aluminum.

It helps considerably with heat transfer.

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1/4" birch plywood over the skins, it wasn't a difficult project.

You will also want to look at the Adorondac Airstream. Do an internet search, you will not be disappointed.


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If you decide to do it I can fill you in on some of the things I learned doing the project.


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can I remove the interior cross walls and have and open floor plan. Basically removing the wall between the kitchen and bedroom? Will that affect the travel integrity?
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:39 AM   #8
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It didn't seem to hurt the integrity of my trailer. It is one big room and a bath now, it is still super firm.


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What type of adhesive did you use and how did you trim out the windows?
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No adhesive at all. The wood is butted up agains a rail at the top and the arc of the wood holds the wood in place against the floor.

There are a few screws in the top and bottom, but they really are not needed.

The windows are just cut out and trimmed with the old window frames.

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What did you finish the wood with? Shellac seems to be popular with vintage restorers.
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I used regular old varnish on most of the wood, lacquer on some of the stuff that I needed to dry "right now".


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how much 'expansion' space did you allow around windows, etc...? The spars between sections.. those appear to be screwed in to the ribs????

Oh.. and how much weight did it 'add'?
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I screwed into the old interior aluminum skins wherever the joints fell. When I first put the walls up I screwed the edge of the plywood to the skins about every six or eight inches. Once I started putting the stringers in these screws got in the way so I pulled all of them out. The plywood fit well without these screws, and the screws through the stringers were more than sufficient to hold the plywood. The window frames also work very well to hold the plywood tight to the wall.

"I didn't allow any space for the wood to expand, but I didn't worry about getting the joints super tight.

Expansion might have been a bigger issue if I had installed the wood in he desert instead of in the middle of a hot humid Arkansas summer. "

Now the truth,,,, That was my made up "I knew what I was doing" answer...... but in all honesty, I didn't even think about expansion till you just mentioned it.... Haha!

I think I might have gotten lucky, I installed it at the right time, and I think the plywood is fairly stable.


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