Originally Posted by stevewolverton
Great thread guys!
I have a question for those that have done the floor replacement. Would it be possible to hoist the fiberglass shell off the floor if you cut the bottom (underside) lip
and the upper connections away from the floor?
First off, I don't have a Scamp
so I may be a little off here. I guess you could raise the body as you described but you may lose a part of the body that you will need later. On my Burro
, that bottom lip is actually part of the outer shell and serves as the bottom edge of the gap that the floor slides into. If you cut that lip off you have in effect done away with the gap. It also serves as a guide for placement of the floor and a bottom support. Many have also used that lip to completely seal the bottom of the trailer to avoid the future risk of repeated floor rot.
Another reason that I wouldn't do it is that even though I feel the epoxy and fiberglass bonding of my new floor to the inside shell is very strong, I have also put in bolts extending through both the top and bottom lips. Out near the edges of the floor, the frame does not come that far out so the bolts will serve as a backup to ensure that the shell and floor are held together. I know it's overkill to some but it makes me feel better so grade 8 bolts are in mine.
Good luck with your project and please let us know how you tackle it.