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Old 07-30-2016, 09:54 PM   #1
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Could anyone tell me how to remove the belly skin so that i can inspect my frame and clean out old fiberglass insulation and put new in.My floor seems ok and i'm hoping to not have to replace it but really want to check the frame and maybe rust treat it and prime and paint the best i can without replacing the floor.But if i did end up having to change the floor out,how possable is it to do with the shell on?I've only had my trailer a week and want get it right.Any info would be much appreciated.Thx

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Old 07-31-2016, 12:23 AM   #2
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Good question, so a bump here ... my '72 seems solid, very little floor rot , even in the rear and certainly no "sagging" when jumping on the bumper. But I'd like to know the over overall condition of the frame and apply rust sealant. It's rusty where I can see it but wondering if the same where covered by the belly pan. Assuming you just drill out the rivets, remove the belly skin and take a look !

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Old 07-31-2016, 11:37 AM   #3
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It's possible to do a complete floor replacement with the shell on, but that's the hard way. Full Monty is more intimidating, but easier to do.

Dropping the belly pan involves drilling out a ton of rivets. Some are hidden, so pack your patience. You'll need to remove anything attached to the belly pan like propane lines and stabilizer jacks. You will get covered in all manner of disgusting stuff, so use safety glasses and a dust mask.

I strongly recommend you spend some time camping in your Airstream before you start disassembling it, if at all possible. Camping will give you a much better idea of what your priorities are, what you want to change, and what you want to keep. It's much easier to preserve something than it is to rebuild it when you've carelessly ripped it apart.

Dropping the belly pan is opening Pandora's box. You will find more stuff you want to fix, and depending on how much you find and how much time you can spend on repairs, it could be a year or more before it's camp ready again.
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Old 07-31-2016, 01:44 PM   #4
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Very Good Advice!In the meantime i'm researching like crazy.Thx
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