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Old 12-17-2020, 07:34 PM   #1
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Airstream Goes Composite Sub Flooring

Great news I think. Airstream announced in September that they are now building with a composite subfloor material. It is manufactured by TransCore and is a combination of recycled glass and polyethylene all squished together with heat. Airstream says the stuff is waterproof, a bit lighter than wood products, and strong. They buy the subfloor as one big sheet with all the necessary cut outs. They also say the floor is marked with screw locations making assembly more accurate.

It is great news to me. I sure hope the testing was done. We will know pretty soon. I think the 2021 trailers will have this new subfloor material. Here is a link to the announcement. (I hope)

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We have it in our 2020 GT and love it.
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I recently learned of this and was thrilled.

If they take some additional measures to rustproof the frame, things will really be great.
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Should be headline news in the airstream world

Yes, this made a little bit of a splash here on this very forum earlier in the year, but not nearly enough, IMHO, given that this is probably the biggest and best news about airstream trailers in many many years. (Apologies to those who pine for and gush every year about the latest fabrics and color options in the newest models)

There is an entire sub topic on this forum dealing with replacing the rotten and rotting plywood floors. Some here advocate going with Coosa bored, but this trans core sounds even better because it will take a screw directly. Does anyone know if trans core is available after market?
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David- Thanks for pointing out this improvement and for the link that provides detailed information.

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Hooray! The link worked. I found the Rivet article very interesting. You and I both have patched up rotted out plywood subfloors. How about the OSB floor you may have in your big trailer? Our 86 has held up pretty well. Only two patches over rot holes so far.

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Hooray! The link worked. I found the Rivet article very interesting. You and I both have patched up rotted out plywood subfloors. How about the OSB floor you may have in your big trailer? Our 86 has held up pretty well. Only two patches over rot holes so far.



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David- No OSB in my 95 34’. A friend of mine has an early nineties model with an original OSB floor that has magically been replaced with Coosa Board.

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Is there a after date or a plant that installed composite floors in 2020 trailers?
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I don't know the incorporation date. The article implied the 2021 model year trailers. Maybe someone else will know the start date.

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I don't know the incorporation date. The article implied the 2021 model year trailers. Maybe someone else will know the start date.

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My 2020 GT has composite flooring.
Trailers that came out of the new factory will have the new flooring.
So 2020 units that were built in the old factory = old flooring vs 2020 trailers built in the New factory = new flooring.
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That is great news ! - all they need now would be automotive quality assembly - better adhesives - better sealants - better plumbing materials - and far better clear coating
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What and where is new factory?
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That is great news ! - all they need now would be automotive quality assembly - better adhesives - better sealants - better plumbing materials - and far better clear coating
Exactly , don't hold your breath lol
These are great threads for potential new buyers of Airstreams to read also.Should be fun!
How long did it take Airstream, to stop putting cheap untreated / rotting wood floors in the most expensive trailers in the world??
Maybe one of the fan boys here can fill us in , about how relentless their quest for quality is ...��
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What and where is new factory?
The new manufacturing facility is located a couple of miles down the road from the previous plant. Production was moved to the new location in early 2020, but was suspended in March due to Covid-19.
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