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Old 05-03-2011, 08:38 PM   #1
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Help with Floor Replacement

My husband and I have recently purchased a 1968 30' Sovereign and lets just say the mice even moved out a while ago! We are planning to remodel the whole interior so we can live in it full time but we are "fresh meat" when it comes to Airstreams. Right now we are in the process of tearing out the old floor to replace with 3/4" marine plywood. We removed and repaired the belly skins and have torn out about half of the old flooring but we are a little stumped on how to replace it. We have read a lot of forums about how people have taken the entire shell off their airstream to replace the floor but I don't think we have the means to remove a 30' shell. We are wondering if it is possible to use some sort of jack system to lift part of the shell while replacing that part of the floor (moving towards the back as we go). Anyone have any advice for us?
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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Yes. You can jack the shell up from the rear to replace the floor. It has been done many ways. Good luck!

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Old 05-03-2011, 09:19 PM   #3
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It can be replaced with the shell on. you have to first block and level the frame and put some kind of jack stands or screw stands under it. Then you have to remove the lower inside aluminum known as the trailer skin. The plywood is slid into a C channel and bolted to the plywood. The plywood will have to be in two pieces so it can slide under the wall. You also have to remove the outside bottom curved wrap to tighten the nuts on the bolts in the channel. One of the reasons for careful leveling and blocking is to assure that the rivet holes will line back up when putting the skin back on.

You need to check the frame and will probably need to put a new protective coating on to prevent rust.

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Old 05-03-2011, 10:29 PM   #4
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We just finished a sheel on floor replacement an a 22 ft Safari . I used 5/8 and flaired the side a little then pulled back in. Also we did treat the frame .Check out Bwaysteve He helped me . Have fun with it Maurice
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:39 AM   #5
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The edges are where the floor generally rots so I treated the the edges with a barrier coat of West Epoxy (2 coats). I extended it in about 10 inches top and bottom. Hopefully with all the leaks fixed it won't be tested, but time takes it's toll and if there are leaks in the future, the underlying wood will be somewhat protected.
If you run a round over router on the edges of the new floor it will slide into the c-channel much more easily.
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