07-10-2008, 09:10 PM
Trailer: Actively shopping for a project, again.
MartyG & KayG
I just came upon this thread, I have the exact problem with my 82 Burro
. I was hoping you would share how you resolved the flooring solution. If you took pictures I would love to see and learn from what you got through.
Here's where we are at...
BACKGROUND (read post called "Big problems with 1982 Burro)
Using a Dremel tool with a cutting wheel we cut long strips of the floor's top layer of fiber glass, from behind dinette seats to periphery of shell. In doing so, we discovered that all the wood was wet pulp and could not be salvaged or reconditioned with hardners.
Our idea, based on a post, was to cut the wood away from the outer shell, leaving the shell intact on the trailer frame and removing the wood in pieces within the camper. With the Dremel, we cut through the fiberglass at the edge of the wood floor, trying to expose the "open space" between the outer shell and its fiber glass connection to the floor. In using this strategy we found that it worked okay in a small area where the edge of the wood was easily defined, but as we moved along, we found there were areas where the wood was not defined, because there was actually putty between the floor's edge and the outer shell. At this moment we saw DAYLIGHT (literally!).
This techniques might be workable in a small area, but we need to remove ALL of the wood and quickly realized that this strategy would not work (too many holes, etc.)
So, now we realize that we need to lift the shell off the trailer (did we really just say this?). We have read the threads on this, but need more specifics.
We are going to remove all the bolts connecting the shell to the trailer and use jacks and wooden supports on all 4 corners and slowly lift the shell up until we can slide the trailer out.
What is the best way to remove the floor from the shell as the outer shell wraps around the floor and is adhered to the underside?
Should we cut out as much of the wooden floor as possible before lifting it and then cut out the remaining wood around the periphery after it is jacked up?
Any suggestions about supporting the camper, while jacked up, with the floor removed?
Oh yeah, and when it is time to put it back together with a new floor, should we first attach the floor to the shell and then the shell to the trailer or should we attach the floor to the trailer and then lower the shell onto it? We assume that the new floor will have to be put in in pieces, especially since the outer shell wraps around the underside of the floor.
We are considering Rhino coating (used for truck beds) the new floor (top, bottom, and edges). We've seen some mention of this in older posts, does anybody have any additional experience with these types of coatings.
We look forward to your ideas and suggestions.
MartyG & KayG
Former 83 Burro Owner (destroyed in fire)
Looking for a new Fiberglass Project Trailer in New England.