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Old 02-09-2009, 12:06 AM   #1
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What is the panel material in '70s airstreams?

In searching for repair materials, it occured to me I don't really knnow what that stuff is.

Are the panels in the 70's airstreams a thin sheet of Luan?
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:31 AM   #2
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wall panels

In our '74 Ambassador, the wall panels are a thin luan plywood sandwiched between plastic laminate sheets on each side. Some of the cabinets are luan with one side plastic laminate and one side of the plywood just painted. In the bathroom, there is white plastic lam on one side and the dark walnut laminate on the other.

It takes thorough prep work and the right materials to paint over the plastic laminate, or you can put a different plastic laminate on top of the old. If you put a new laminate over the old, you need to really clean up the old stuff and "scuff" it with sandpaper so the adhesive can really grab it.

If you have any questions, please let me know, I am about 2/3 of the way through a renovation of ours. We are planning a trip to Oklahoma in May, and will likely be staying at the Choctaw KOA.

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I have a 1970 29' Ambassador, Internation, the one DIY redid on classic rides about 2 years ago. If you are able to get the tape by going to DIY you will get a wealth of info on this trailer which I'm sure will carry over to other 70's models.

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Old 02-09-2009, 11:15 AM   #4
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I thought it might be Luan, but the stuff is so thin, it's hard to tell.
I'm going to do some minor modifications, and would rather go with that since it's fairly strong vertically, and lighter than regular old plywood.

I've heard good things about the Choctaw KOA, but have never actually been there.
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I have a 1970 29' Ambassador, Internation, the one DIY redid on classic rides about 2 years ago. If you are able to get the tape by going to DIY you will get a wealth of info on this trailer which I'm sure will carry over to other 70's models.

rosie

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