Post by thunderbirdlindy on Oct 5, 2019 9:06:28 GMT -8
Hi, I am new to this forum, and have many questions on my rebuild. I have watched numerous videos and read a lot of info on rebuilds including threads in this forums. When I got the skin off to assess the rot, I found that the ceiling panel is sandwiched in between the framing for the sides. I had a game plan on the rebuild before I saw this. Do I need to rebuild it the exact same way? I thought I would be able to run my ceiling studs across and tie them into the walls and then attach the ceiling panel on the inside. What are your thoughts? Does anyone know of any videos that show this similar situation and how they addressed the issue. As soon as I get on a computer I will upload the photo.
Very cool shaped trailer. Typically you would build new wall framing, then fasten new interior paneling to the inside of the wall. At this point many people will stain or shellac that interior skin. You want to have your floor to ceiling cabinets in now, they will keep the new walls square and give them something more to attach walls to. The wall is then fastened to the floor or skirting, depending on how your trailer was originally built. Front and rear skins, prefinished are then attached to the standing walls. These skins give shear strength to the assembly, and front and rear framing is applied next. I think you lose a lot of strength doing the rebuild the way you envision. And it is important to get that ceiling skin right to the outer edges of the walls.
Start by watching some of Mobiltec videos on cannedhamtrailers.com lots of great info there. Most of the campers from the 60s are build like that. There are lots of examples on this site look in the interior talk section also for info. I’m sure others will also chime in with info as well....... Debra
It takes time, but you can do it piece by piece. Whatever you do, don't eliminate the "sandwiched" elements. It's what holds the camper together. First the skin comes off, then framing and curving at the edge are removed (working one sheet at a time), then rotten interior panels (one at a time) are replaced, then framing added over it, wiring and plumbing are done, insulation, vapor barrier, and skin reattached.
I start on the walls, if needed. Starting low and working up. If the walls are all rotten it's easier (as kirkadie said above) to replace them completely.