Post by thunderbirdlindy on Oct 9, 2019 8:11:34 GMT -8
My frame is sitting half on the floor and half on the outer skirt. I need to replace floor and both inner and outer skirts but do not want to take the whole wall down. It’s pretty much intact. Can you give me an example of loosening the wall from the floor/ skirt so I can replace flooring etc? How do you hold up walls/keep them intact while doing this? Generated from my Apple iPhone using tools.sportscard.trade
Post by thunderbirdlindy on Oct 9, 2019 11:46:37 GMT -8
The wall is partly over the flooring and partly over the skirt you can see in the photo. The sill for the most part does not need replaced. The inner skirt is completely under the floor. It is bolted to the frame and the floor. The skirt you can see is attached to it. It also needs replaced. I want to detach sill and wall frame from floor and outer skirt, replace floor wood framing under floor and outer skirt without taking the walls down.
Wonder if you might install a series of vertical 2X braces floor to ceiling a bit inside the walls to insure the height stays stable and doesn't risk warping or deforming inner skin panels in case there are areas that are more weakened than you can detect until you get all the way around the trailer's perimeter. Somehow your description of the skirt thickness seems unusually thick. What's the make of your trailer?
Post by thunderbirdlindy on Oct 9, 2019 18:36:11 GMT -8
It’s 1960 Sun Cruiser. My husband wanted to detach the camper from the metal so he could fix the frame for me, but I am not brave enough. The trailer has the metal frame, “sound board”, 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” floor joists around perimeter and then plywood. The sound board, joists and plywood are bolted to the metal frame. The walls are sitting directly on the plywood. I want to lift the walls just enough to replace everything from the plywood down to the metal frame a section at a time. I have left the closet and the other cabinets intact and attached because I don’t need to move them just yet to replace the flooring in the back of the camper. I am looking for suggestions to temporarily hold / prop up the walls until I can set them back down on the floor. I thought about the 2x4’s on the inside, but the closet is still in the camper so that should help somewhat. I don’t think I can get to the floor if I used 2x4’s as braces on the inside. I was thinking of something on the outside of the trailer. I can’t see the above picture because it’s blurry, but maybe something like what’s holding it up might work.
You can carefully sawzall what needs to be replaced and install new wood. Any rot has to go and be SURE the sills are good and sturdy. Then you can carriage bolt the new to the old. My 58 Cardinal was a bit odd like that; it was a frame up but I copied the old method and added extra bracing and bolts.
That particular trailer would NOT come apart. It didn't need a full frame up and trying to dismantle it did way more harm than good. In the build albums, you can see I started at the front door side and worked my way back and around. Very tedious work because of the excellent construction. Hope this helps.