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Old 08-21-2021, 04:15 PM   #1
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Tuck the side belly wrap under the flat belly pan or the other way around?

Putting my 1972 Argosy back together. I'm onto the belly pan and the side belly wrap next. Does the wrap tuck under the belly pan or does the belly pan tuck under the wrap? I've seen it done both ways and saw a thread that said the factory installed with the side wraps tucking under the belly pan. Seems to me that logically one would do the opposite, so that when water runs down the side of the trailer it doesn't run into the belly pan. In other words, you have a 3 part sandwich consisting of the frame rail the side wrap and the belly pan. Obviously the frame rail is the top slice of bread. Is the bottom slice of bread the belly pan or the side wrap? In other other words, either the belly pan or the wrap is the slice of cheese in between the two slices of bread. Which one is it? Sorry, if that made it even more confusing, haha. Thanks!
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Old 08-21-2021, 04:22 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by haaseome View Post
.........Seems to me that logically one would do the opposite, so that when water runs down the side of the trailer it doesn't run into the belly pan..........Thanks!
And yet, that is exactly how the factory did it for several years in the early 70's. The worst part is, they didn't even use Vulkem or any other type of sealant to attempt to keep water out. It's a mess.

I caulked mine the best I could, but water still gets in with all that flexing, etc, as you drive.

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Old 08-21-2021, 04:58 PM   #3
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And this is why the fiberglass insulation in the belly is a bad idea. It works great as a sponge to hold water to rot the frame, if that's what you want.
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Old 08-23-2021, 08:20 PM   #4
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Ok, that's what I thought. I think I'll be bold and do the opposite of the original and reinstall with the belly pan sandwiched in between the frame rail and the side wrap. Why not? Thanks for the help!
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Old 08-24-2021, 11:34 AM   #5
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Wrapping the belly pan over the banana wraps (like the factory did) will make it easier to remove the flat belly pan in the future if you need access below the floor. The more overlap - the less water will enter horizontally.

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