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Old 06-07-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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Cedar floor?

Please bear with what may be a dumb question...

We have ripped the cabinets, countertops, gouchos and dinette out of our 65 Globetrotter and are now at the same point it seem like most of you eventually get to. It's hard to stop. The floor should be replaced. Ok, so then the walls must come off. Ok, now the bathroom shell's gotta go. Soon we will be down to a bare steel shell, original plan be damned.

Considering then how to rebuild it, I have been wondering if we can approach it differently this time. Instead of trying to make everything in the trailer watertight, could it all just be made out of materials that water won't compromise?

Suppose we made the floor out of cedar, clad the interior shell with stainless panels over that thermal bubble wrap-type insulation and build cabinets and wall partitions with marine grade birch.

Ideally, I'd like to make a wet room shower directly on the same cedar floor without a liner.

Could it work?
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:07 PM   #2
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Covered storage, meticulous maintenance of weather seals and seams makes more sense to me than installing a cedar floor.
In any case, cedar will rot. Cypress wood will last forever.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:15 PM   #3
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Please bear with what may be a dumb question...

We have ripped the cabinets, countertops, gouchos and dinette out of our 65 Globetrotter and are now at the same point it seem like most of you eventually get to. It's hard to stop. The floor should be replaced. Ok, so then the walls must come off. Ok, now the bathroom shell's gotta go. Soon we will be down to a bare steel shell, original plan be damned.

Considering then how to rebuild it, I have been wondering if we can approach it differently this time. Instead of trying to make everything in the trailer watertight, could it all just be made out of materials that water won't compromise?

Suppose we made the floor out of cedar, clad the interior shell with stainless panels over that thermal bubble wrap-type insulation and build cabinets and wall partitions with marine grade birch.

Ideally, I'd like to make a wet room shower directly on the same cedar floor without a liner.

Could it work?
moist air combined with a closed or dark trailer = mold and mildew in the AS - shelve your plans. Replace subfloor with marine plywood, install nice wood floor, and seal the leaks.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:24 PM   #4
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1) Sealing the leaks is easy to do once the interior skins are out from replacing the floor ~ we are proud to say we don't have any since our restoration a couple of years ago.

2) Stainless is a lot heavier, more ridged and harder to work with than aluminum for the interior skins...

3)...also you'd have to deal with dis-similar metals as the ribs that make up the exterior walls are aluminum.

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coley,
i've been thinking along similar lines. except, yes, seal it without the intention of it getting wet - but, don't ignore the fact that water could get in one day. i see where you are going... they do make cedar ply, but... there are alternative materials you could use, not wood at all. they have been discussed on the forums but they slip my mind at the moment..

what i was thinking was to drill weep holes in the subfloor and through the C channel and polyurethane each weep hole to allow condensation or water from leaks to exit instead of rot. i havent given that idea up yet.
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