Support or nonsense? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-26-2017, 08:40 AM   #1
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Support or nonsense?

We're in the gut stage of the rebuild on my Play Pac. While ripping up carpet we found these pieces of wood that are glued to the wall. We want to take them out to maximize space but we don't know if they were original and necessary or not. Hoping for some input. Attaching a picture.
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Old 03-26-2017, 08:43 AM   #2
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they are probably both a stiffener for the fiberglass, and a point for attaching cabinets or other internal components
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Old 03-26-2017, 09:36 AM   #3
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That's what we assumed. They're there to attach furniture to. Just want to find out if they're necessary. We don't plan on using them.
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Old 03-26-2017, 12:42 PM   #4
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Plywood

I don"the know anything about this brand of campers but most likely the plywood you see is what the fiberglass was laid up on. It's most likely a structral part of the unit.
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Old 03-26-2017, 03:36 PM   #5
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As we redid our amerigo from gutted to finished, we discovered a lot of odd little bits and pieces that upon later investigation and reflection turned out to be important...we left a few such bits out and later found out why they'd been there...and would put them in if we were doing it over...at the very least I'd recommend sleeping on it a week or two before definitely deciding they're unimportant. (Normally I'd say overnight--but it took us at least a week and usually much longer to actually realize what those odd bits were for than usual for us). There is some clever, clever engineering in these eggs!


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Old 03-26-2017, 03:49 PM   #6
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Cabinets, furniture and bulkheads are critical structural parts of your trailer.
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Old 03-26-2017, 04:45 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone! We're going to leave them in.
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Old 03-26-2017, 04:57 PM   #8
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I'll reiterate a point that was brought up just to make sure you do catch it...

The cabinets themselves, not necessarily just the attachment points, often contribute to the structural integrity of the camper. Some don't, but many do. So a completely empty fiberglass shell is not structurally sound to travel down the road.

There was a guy who pulled a shelving unit/dresser kind of thing out of his pop-top Chinook, wanting to use the space differently. When the top was up, there was a few feet between the top of the cabinets and the roof. But when the roof was down, in travel mode, it actually rested on that structure. His roof started sagging badly and he eventually realized that was why. The roof was built light with minimal reinforcements, and was meant to be reinforced by things like that cabinet.

Anyway...
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Old 03-26-2017, 05:13 PM   #9
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Not sure about your PlayPac, but a Scamp towed without inner cabinetry and supports will jiggle like jello. Not good!
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Old 03-26-2017, 05:52 PM   #10
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When we were redoing Peanut, the 73 amerigo, realizing at some point that the uprights were in fact necessary, and the attachments to keep the uprights in position were also necessary, I put a cloakal detonak on Paul that Peanut could not be moved until all the upright sections were securely screwed in place.


I'm glad we didn't try towing before the supports were in. We had to brace up the ceiling to get them in properly, but once in the center support could be removed and the ceiling stayed solidly up.


I'm glad, Ellen (and your PlayPak) that you've decided to leave them. One day, should you realize they are NOT necessary, you can possibly make adjustments. Or, by then you'll have worked around them...it's too easy to take things out and harder, later, sometimes, to put them back.

You can see the new uprights (the L and R sides of the closet/once Fridge area) and the temporary support in place during Peanut's renovation:
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