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Old 08-28-2015, 04:50 PM   #1
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Subfloor questions!

Hey everyone! I am brand new to Airstreams and just recently purchased a 1975 Land Yatch 26ft. It is Mostly original and in pretty good shape. The Old guy who had it before me used ducting tape to cover all the windows and any place that could leak so I have lots of adhesive to remove. It had carpet throughout so I pulled it to see if there was any water damage. The Pictures below show the areas with rot. My Question is what is the Process to replace the front piece of the subfloor. There is also a bunch of adhesive I assume from when they pulled the original flooring. It is in the pictures as well. Can i sand the glue crap so salvage the majority of the floor? Looking for some opinions on what I should do with the subfloor.
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:56 PM   #2
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Photos didn't survive the posting.
When curious about a given AS topic I've found using Google works well. There are lots of floor and sub-floor replacement threads - partial and total.
Not sure I would sand the glue on the plywood as it's likely to have asbestos in it, same with the original floor tiles. If it's not rotten, I'd seal it with varathane. If it's rotten of course replace.
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Old 08-28-2015, 05:27 PM   #3
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Working on getting the photos. I have researched a fair amount and everything seems to be just a partial explanation on how to replace the floor.

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Old 08-28-2015, 05:49 PM   #5
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Old 08-28-2015, 08:31 PM   #6
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Ugly! I do not even want to look at your floor any more, or be the one to break the bad news to you. You need a shell off, total sub-floor replacement, minimum. Frame, outrigger, rear end separation issues and leak problems not withstanding. What "nrgtrakr" said about the asbestos is spot on! Sorry, not what you wanted to here.
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:58 PM   #7
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There are only a few areas that have rot. The rest looks ugly because when the PO pulled the original floor it seems to have peeled some of the top layer of ply. The only part that is rotten in under the 2 front side Windows. Can I replace the rotten front panel and then run new thinner sheets of plywood across the top whole subfloor? If I can't do that how long and what is the process of replacing the whole subfloor. I have a large shop I can work in do I will be able to work through the winter.
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I recommend you find and read the thread on Millertime's 76 rear bathroom floor rot.

It has the info you are looking for.
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Old 08-28-2015, 10:48 PM   #9
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Don't be misled

It does not look that bad from what I could see in the three photos. Ugly....Yes! Stains are not bad...they just show where the water needs to be stopped..If there are only some areas that are BAD, they can be "selectively" removed and repaired. Do the research as mentioned....use the search function because it will take you into some very good floor work covered in total restorations.
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I've never replaced AS subfloor - total or partial.
In a house if the subfloor is sound but ugly, the voids can be filled and leveled (lots of great products now). Then after in days gone by 1/4 luan went down before the linoleum.
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I think I am going to replace the front portion of the subfloor and dig a little further into the rear section. I will also check out the frame but I suspect it will be fine because it has spent it's whole life in a dry climate and stored indoors for 10-15 years. Then I am going to lay/glue a 1/4 in underlayment to give me a smooth surface to lay some new flooring. Any suggestions on a product for the under laument, glue, seam filler? I have heard that standard Luann does not due well with moisture. Does anyone see any issues with this?
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Get birch plywood (available at big box stores) for your underlayment.
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Baltic birch if you can swing it as it has many cores for strength, not voids and the adhesive that glues the layers together is waterproof.

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Thanks! I think that I can get my hands 1/4 baltic birch. I have some more pictures and hopefully more to come soon! The Bathroom floor seems to be in good shape other than all the leftover glue.

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