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Old 04-22-2014, 09:20 PM   #1
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Eddie Bauer Belly Pan Removal

Hi All,
Im looking to remove the belly pan on my '12 Eddie Bauer so I can replace the 6 in floor anchors with heavier duty ones. I spoke with AS tech. and they said the 6 anchors are screwed into channel frame rails and if I remove the belly pan I would be able to access them from underneath. I am hauling my motorcycle (375 lbs) and I dont trust those anchors.
Anybody have any experience with removing the pan on a new trailer?
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:04 AM   #2
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:04 AM   #3
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It isn't difficult. Well that is a lie... it's a pain to get under a low slung Airstream and then try to work. Specially for the rotund. So, run both axles up on a ramp. You'll see that the "belly pan" is nothing but a couple of sheets of galvanized metal held on with screws that have a big washer under the hood (some units have rivets, not screws). Drill the rivets or unscrew the screws... then try not to breathe as gravity dumps the whole mess on your face. (seriously respirator or mask and goggles - even on a new one there's going to be dust and dirt, plus a spider carcass or two.)

You may have newer styrofoam under floor insulation rather than the older fiberglass.

Getting it back up is usually the problem. Viagra? NO we're talking about the BELLY PAN! If you don't have about six hands getting the pan back on can be challenging. I used the plastic leveling blocks, several boards, etc.
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:42 PM   #4
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LOL- funny previous reply.

I don't understand why you need to remove the belly pan, to just remove the lug screws. They are not bolted on- at least on my 2012 27'
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I would not... repeat NOT remove the belly pan!!! This is way to much work for what you are trying to achieve! If this was my trailer I would use a 3" to 4" hole saw and drill a hole directly under each of the anchor points (4?) to allow access from under neath. That size hole will allow you to reach into the belly area and unbolt the old mounts and install the larger ones. After you reinstalled the insulation I would patch the round cuts with larger circular aluminum patch like many have done with old vent stack holes, sealing with volcum and olympic rivets.

Some will say this will not look original but removing the belly pan will not be easy and will open up several cans of worms that you do not want too!
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:16 PM   #6
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Thank you all for your replies.
Foiled Again: I'm going to use your idea of running it up on blocks to give me more belly..I mean arm room.
Jasperkins: I am securing my motorcycle inside (which is very dear to me) and want to replace the 6 screws holding down the D-Rings with 6 heavy duty anchor points so I can make sure my motorcycle doesn't become a UFO if I have to make an emergency stop.
Vinstream: What you are suggesting sounds way to easy and no fun at all.
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