1975 Ventura Floor - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-18-2018, 09:46 AM   #1
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1975 Ventura Floor

Hello all, I need advise on the floor for a 1975 Ventura floor. I pulled out the pcs that was on. It was 3/8 think. I notice there were holes on the fiberglass to attach to the frame under the camper.

Should I just patch up the fiberglass?

What thickness of floor should I use?1/2 or 3/4?

Should I use a jack to raise the fg to meet the plywood because of low areas?

I noticed the fg doesn't sit on the frame on the btm? Is it suppose too?

Thanks for the help.

Gerry
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:24 PM   #2
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What I did

Hi Gerry,

I patched the holes with Marine-Tex and used 3/4" untreated plywood. I replaced the bolts and added larger washers to prevent them from pulling through. Then I used coated self-tapping screws (Teks) in a few places driven through the plywood into the frame below. My fibreglass did not sit on the frame in a few places either. I just left it as-is. The plywood under the front bench was okay, so I just added some extra 1/4" ply washers to clean up the existing holes.



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Old 09-19-2018, 10:42 AM   #3
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I did a full interior restore in my 77 Ventura last winter.
Make sure the floor fiberglass is in good shape. If not put down a new layer of glass first. Instead of trying to bond the new plywood floor to the wet fiberglass I did the glassing first and then glued down two layers of plywood on the new fiberglass. I put down 1 sheet of 5/8" and 1 sheet of 1/2". This made the door frame work well. Under the trailer I put wedge shaped treated lumber to re level the floor taking up the space between the steel frame and the fiberglass floor. You must put some sort of reinforcing here or take trailer off frame and install new steel framework. I used wood. As for any holes, put some glass mat down to seal them from water penetration.
I used premium adhesive to bond the plywood floor to the new fiberglass. And also glued the 2 layers of new plywood. This will make the floor solid as a rock.
Paul Lewis has some good ideas as well.
Good luck, its worth it. These are great little trailers.
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:15 AM   #4
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See underneath support and drip cap over door. These are a must do.
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:21 AM   #5
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The floor looks familiar.
I also added some roof support.
Good Luck
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:28 AM   #6
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24 inch toung extention tool box 4inch lift .all led light and front setee/ bed .new cabnets solar set up .work done by Retro Ranch Rv in Edmonton
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:02 AM   #7
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This looks great. Good job.
Go and Enjoy.
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Old 05-30-2020, 09:35 AM   #8
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I know this thread is from few years ago but thought Id inquire - any tips to pulling up the floor without removing the door?
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Old 05-30-2020, 10:03 AM   #9
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I take the door and frame/casing out as one unit way easer the wood on mine was all roten. i put down pressure treated fence boards and foam insulation then plywood.
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Old 05-30-2020, 10:10 AM   #10
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I figured door needed to come off. Dang.. was hoping to avoid that.
Smart move with treated wood then plywood. I may do the same. What ply or thickness plywood?
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Old 05-30-2020, 10:36 AM   #11
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i also extended the tongue 20 " and a 4" lift kit tows like a dream.
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Old 05-31-2020, 11:08 AM   #12
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Looks amazing! Youre giving me hope. Lol. Helps me eye ball some dimensions above with cabinets too.

How many inches are the benchs spaced for the table?
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Old 05-31-2020, 12:26 PM   #13
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Cant rember i just sold it in january.i allso have a Surfside in the works and a17' boler,anda beachcomber.all gut and redos not learning .lol
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Old 06-02-2020, 12:56 PM   #14
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Does anyone have images of structure, etc under the table plywood? Wanna know what Im in for...
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Old 06-02-2020, 02:27 PM   #15
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You can call Retro Ranch RV and ask them they worked on mine.780-893-9281.
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Old 06-04-2020, 05:12 PM   #16
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Does anyone have images of structure, etc under the table plywood? Wanna know what Im in for...
I have my trailer torn right down to studs and fiberglass floor if that's the pictures your looking for. Let me know and ill see if I can help.
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Old 06-05-2020, 06:07 PM   #17
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Ok... got the bolts out and table area plywood up today. A mix of victory quickly followed by discovery. Two lower spots behind the wheel wells had an inch or so of water (very old dark looking water). Endless discoveries eh! Felt like sharing. Click image for larger version

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