Hiding My Best Work So Far
No one will see my best work so far (I hope!). This week I began reflooring. First, though, I plumbed the drain to the bathtub location. I'll get the rest of the plumbing from below.
I used ABS plastic pipes and fittings. The ABS plastic is supposed to be a bit more forgiving of the bumps and bounces that happen in travel. It is lighter and cheaper, too.
Next, I got the old floor out and puzzled it together. Ultimately, the only piece that mattered was the round end.
I used the rotting old subfloor to help make a cardboard template on the new 3/4" plywood. I had to shave down the cardboard a few times until it fit well. Then I transferred the shape onto the wood. I almost forgot to seal the edges of the plywood, but remembered after the photos above were taken. I used triple-thick polyurethane to seal the edges against future leaks.
Getting the panel installed in one piece was a feat. I had to flex the aluminum sides out about 1/2" so that the plywood could slide under the u-channels of the aluminum sides, but above the steel frame. It's like a sandwich. The plywood is like the meat; the frame and u-channel are the bread. They all get attached together and provided the actual structural strength.
Next step is to bolt down the floor and then rip out the floor on the other side! Hopefully the front side will be easier without the tanks to worry about. If I get really lucky, there won't be any welding to do at all!! <knock on wood>
3/28/2016 05:53:58 am
Oh, man...this project is a pleasure to watch.
3/28/2016 11:24:40 pm
This is fascinating! Great work and creativity!
7/25/2016 01:45:18 pm
I need you to work faster!!! I am restoring a 62 Tradewind as well and find myself at the exact point from your last post. My sub floor is in and I'm scratching my head asking what's next. Although I may need to pull my floors because I originally planned for my tanks to be above, but have been sold on them being below to maximize space. Keep up the great work, and eagerly waiting for your next post.
8/1/2016 01:32:20 pm
Thanks! If you put tanks below the floor, buy the ones from Vintage Trailer Supply. I still kick myself that I didn't. The ones from there fit in between the floor and the bellypan.
8/3/2016 09:45:58 pm
Yup, was planning on the VTS version. Only thing holding me back is the thought of having to pull my floor again. Keep up the great work!
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