Originally Posted by nowickyj
more questions, I boxed my wheel wells and im in the process of glassing them to the floor to tie it all together. I posted a new pic in my trailer profile if you want to see the progress. Is this what is done to hold it together ? the entire trailer seems weak. Also I plan on moving the bulk head back about a foot. will that jerpardize the structure of the camper? Sorry for all the questions but this is totally new to me. I have restored many things boats, jeeps, etc... but never anything like this. I have never even been in a camper until this week.
Let's see if I can remember how Sis' is built. The floor is 3/4 plywood, and I don't think it's glassed to the fiberglass shell at all; I think the only thing connecting the floor to the shell is the bolts that go through the floor and shell into the frame.
Sis' wheelwells aren't boxed in; she has a long bench on each side. The outboard edge of the bench top rests on a board glassed to the wall of the shell; the rest of the bench is simple carpentry, screwed to the plywood floor. The bench tops lift up for access to the space under the bench. Under the bench on the driver side is the fresh water tank, occupying most of the space.
The cabinets are also wood, simple carpentry. The bulkhead at the front of the cabinets helps support the roof of the trailer, so I think you want one; I don't think moving it a foot aft would be too harmful.
Over the years, I've done a load of modifications to her trailer, which you might be interested in; here are two discussions:
Compact Jr. Winter rework session
Sis' Compact Jr Rework Fall 08