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Old 10-14-2015, 10:35 PM   #29
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I plan on re-building it in a similar fashion as original, except i ditched the stove/furnace and fridge. I am replacing the stove/furnace with a slide in stove top I picked up new on Amazon for $75 and a camco quartz heater. I also got a deal on a new dorm sized electric only fridge. I lost a couple of hundred pounds of weight and asphyxiation worries in the process.
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Old 10-14-2015, 10:38 PM   #30
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I used 4X8 sheets...
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Old 10-15-2015, 01:45 AM   #31
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They really loved that one pattern of flooring.... my snap n' nap has the same pattern, well until I take the floor up to replace it.
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Old 10-15-2015, 11:13 AM   #32
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Stuart, If you are talking about the Amerigo window latches, I posted some pics of what I had done here: amerigo windows
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Old 10-15-2015, 02:52 PM   #33
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Thank you. Did it take 4 sheets? Did you use the marine grade $80 a sheet stuff? Did you piece anywhere? We're trying to lay out (mentally and on paper) how the new ply will go in and how much it'll take and cost, and how small the pieces can be before they're too small for strength...right now it's a hodge-podge of pieces no bigger than 2x2' --
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Old 10-15-2015, 09:50 PM   #34
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Flooring plywood

I used plain old 5/8" plywood. The rear took one sheet, the front is wider and I had to use the big piece sideways to reach the side walls. I believe I had purchased three sheets. I think "Marine grade" would be a waste of $ if you can even find any. The factory used the same stuff I did. I just coated the top with fiberglass resin after replacing the fiberglass cloth/resin securing the floor to the walls. The factory floor lasted 40 years with no resin coating...
Another thing I did that was better than factory was to fiberglass cloth/resin the seam towards the front of the camper where the "sideways" sheet met the smaller piece. I had placed a 2X4 under the floor to secure the two together with stainless screws, then did the fiberglass on top of the seam.
There is a valley in the fiberglass pan to accommodate the 2X4...
Make sure you use 5/8" or you may not be able to get your door frame back in....look for an original section and measure it.
The less pieces, the sturdier it will be.
I have one piece in the rear, two in the front.
My new floor is rock solid now!
See post 13 Pg 2
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Old 10-16-2015, 06:33 PM   #35
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Hi, Mr. Stu,
We had thought 3 pieces, too, one in the very front, a larger one spanning the doorway to the step, and then the upper piece.
With the fridge out, the grate/vent area makes a really nice extra window space...but is that possible?
Are you putting the furniture back in the same places? Any unusual innovation? We're playing around with it on paper, but a lot will probably go in exactly the same...still, we propped that vent open and were really enjoying the wide open space!
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Red face Silly me--missed this.

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I plan on re-building it in a similar fashion as original, except i ditched the stove/furnace and fridge. I am replacing the stove/furnace with a slide in stove top I picked up new on Amazon for $75 and a camco quartz heater. I also got a deal on a new dorm sized electric only fridge. I lost a couple of hundred pounds of weight and asphyxiation worries in the process.

OK. got it. So you're going all electric, that is, no propane? We're doing the same, though so far we're not planning on putting in a fridge or stove, just using ice chests and a small cooktop and little appliances. Maybe a solar panel eventually.
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Flooring/stove/vents...etc

I will be using propane for the stove top and heater, just not the fridge.
As far as flooring goes, I went with one sheet in the back upper, then as large a piece as i could from that forward then a smaller piece to fill in the rest in the front. I would recommend doing it that way so that your weight when you step into the trailer is distributed more evenly. The front fill in piece will mostly be covered by the bench seat. After my bench seat pull out is in, the only place I will be walking is on unbroken sheets of plywood.
Yes, I plan on a similar arrangement as original except I will not be re-installing the chemical toilet or the big heavy appliances. I will have a propane slide-in 3 burner cook top and a camco propane heater (Wave 3)
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I am going to re-build the kitchen cabinet/counter top and the refrigerator cabinet. I completely glassed over the old heater and fridge vents. I live in Minnesota and will have the occasion to use my rig in the winter. Those big vents would have made for very cold nights!
As far as anything new/Innovations go. Virtually everything but the windows is being replaced. I purchased a new power distribution center, all new wiring, all LED lighting inside and out.
I am going to over wire my rig with 12v and 110v in all of the cabinets and have led lighting inside all of them as well as on the underside of the upper cabinets. I am also going to pre-wire for a bluetooth car stereo should I decide to add that later. I don't want to have to pull paneling for a later upgrade...
I am bummed out it is getting colder so fast!
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layout

P.S. The only reason I am going with the old layout style is for roof support. With the added factory fiberglass ceiling liner, I have seen pics of some of these where major roof sag had occurred...
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Thanks! Agree with the plywood layout. BIG question--how, exactly, does one work on the plywood removal & replacement without stepping on the fiberglass underneath? Hate to admit it, but we're doing this outside in the driveway, and planning to use a big tarp to cover it during the winter (which is almost here.) We'll probably have to wait till next summer to pull the windows and therefore the upper inside panels (mostly).


And...after reading about your ideas, yes, having a fridge would be a good thing; those dorm size fridges even have freezers, sometimes, how do you keep them inside a cabinet? Stop them from sliding around? How much air space do they need around them to work properly?
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I just put a scrap chunk of plywood that i could move around that was big enough to support my weight. I kneeled on that while I worked.
I purchased one of the taller dorm fridges with a freezer. I am going to re-build the cabinets anyway, I will just build it to fit and hold it in place. Probably use some sort of velcro arrangement to keep it closed while towing...
As far as air goes for the fridge, probably enough will get around it on the sides and the rear. since it is not gas operated I am not terribly worried about it.
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Hi, Mr. Stu,


OK, so what do you plan to use for the wall panels? We can't find anything quite like the originals, which are delaminating and rotted at the bottom edges...but as plywood, they're strong.


We strongly considered the white FRP, but also wonder if 1/4" sanded plywood would work? Someone said if you use ply, you have to paint all the surfaces before you install it--that'd be doable...

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Hi, Mr. Stu,


Paul got the very front piece of plywood out--.


We found a big gap running about a foot from each side across the whole front where it looks like a piece of wood should go, maybe a 2x6? What did you do with that area? We also found where the 2x4 goes between the two front plywood sheets, and will do that the same way you said you did.


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