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Old 06-14-2009, 09:28 PM   #41
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hello all... did not get much done today. i am still dealing with the same situation... getting my front floor board under the fame of the shell. i will be back at it tomorrow, i will give the jack another try. i was having diffulty with this approach today, i felt like the bottom of the frame (c channel) was gonna bend if i went any further. i had the frame just above the wood, but then it would not move on top of the board... maybe i am doing something wrong? if i get it back into position, can i push it from the outside in? i just don't want to bend anything... does it get any easier with subsequent boards? please say yes.
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:58 AM   #42
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hello all... did not get much done today. i am still dealing with the same situation... getting my front floor board under the fame of the shell. i will be back at it tomorrow, i will give the jack another try. i was having diffulty with this approach today, i felt like the bottom of the frame (c channel) was gonna bend if i went any further. i had the frame just above the wood, but then it would not move on top of the board... maybe i am doing something wrong? if i get it back into position, can i push it from the outside in? i just don't want to bend anything... does it get any easier with subsequent boards? please say yes.
I put the rear piece of floor in yesterday - I'm starting from the back and moving forward, repairing the frame and painting it as I go. I had hoped to do it all in one piece, but in the end I cut it down the middle and installed it in two pieces as it didn't seem as if the shell was going to flex enough to do it in one piece. I used a router to bevel the top and bottom of the edge of the plywood where it needs to go into the C-channel. I also used a rubber mallet to gently tap the C-channel into position over the edge of the plywood from the outside of the trailer.

I think the pieces in the middle of the trailer will go in in one piece - not sure about the front piece, but on my Sovereign it's not a full sheet, so it might.

At the rear of the trailer the frame hangs down a bit unless it is supported, unlike the front of the trailer where the frame is supported by the jack. Would it be easier if you supported the frame rails behind the point where you're replacing the front piece of plywood? This would transfer more of the weight to the wheels and perhaps allow the frame to flex and separate a bit more from the shell, giving you more space to slide the plywood in. I'd keep a bit of weight on the jack at the front for stability.

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Old 06-15-2009, 09:08 AM   #43
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I put the rear piece of floor in yesterday - I'm starting from the back and moving forward, repairing the frame and painting it as I go. I had hoped to do it all in one piece, but in the end I cut it down the middle and installed it in two pieces as it didn't seem as if the shell was going to flex enough to do it in one piece. I used a router to bevel the top and bottom of the edge of the plywood where it needs to go into the C-channel. I also used a rubber mallet to gently tap the C-channel into position over the edge of the plywood from the outside of the trailer.

I think the pieces in the middle of the trailer will go in in one piece - not sure about the front piece, but on my Sovereign it's not a full sheet, so it might.

At the rear of the trailer the frame hangs down a bit unless it is supported, unlike the front of the trailer where the frame is supported by the jack. Would it be easier if you supported the frame rails behind the point where you're replacing the front piece of plywood? This would transfer more of the weight to the wheels and perhaps allow the frame to flex and separate a bit more from the shell, giving you more space to slide the plywood in. I'd keep a bit of weight on the jack at the front for stability.

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Grant.

The frame must be level when replacing the floor as your trying to do. Use some jacks at the rear of the frame.

Cutting the big sheets in half, weakens the monocoque construction.

How are you planning on joining the flooring at the side to side seams? That must also be done.

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Old 06-15-2009, 05:28 PM   #44
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The frame must be level when replacing the floor as your trying to do. Use some jacks at the rear of the frame.

Cutting the big sheets in half, weakens the monocoque construction.

How are you planning on joining the flooring at the side to side seams? That must also be done.
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I have the frame supported at the rear, and the frame is level. I joined the two pieces at the back with a piece of 5/8" plywood along the bottom of the seam and glued with WEST System epoxy and screwed from the bottom into the floor plywood. The side to side seams will fall over cross members like they did in the original floor, and they too will be joined with 5/8" plywood, glued and screwed from underneath. For those of you who are not familiar with the 70s frames, the cross members under the plywood joints are 5/8" lower than the regular cross members, which allows space for the strip of plywood.
I don't intend to cut any other pieces in half, just the rear one. I probably would have been able to spread the shell enough to put the rear piece of floor in whole if I had removed more of the bolts connecting the shell to the frame, but I was concerned about removing that much support. I'm not planning on cutting any of the other sheets of plywood.
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