hello everybody . i am a trailer/camping proffesional but newbie to the renovating/gutting/complete overhaul of my rig . i have a 1971 glendale golden falcon and finally decided to spring into action and give this beuty a new life . so i started gutting it down to the wood frame onthe inside and relised the rot was worse than i expected . i am fully going through with this ut dont really know if i should rip all the skins off. im assuming this is the way i need to go . i am worried after all said and done they wont quite go on the same but that ccould just be me worrying . and also after 50 yyears im sure it could use everything ripped of and get new seals /putty /screws etc etc etc . i mean it obviously is leaking anyways right . i just need to be pushed in the right direction from someone who has a little more experience .
You've come to the right place. It would have obviously been better to keep the cabinets in place for stability since they provide essential strength. If you build some internal bracing with top and bottom 2x4 and a rigid "x" structure between them, it should hold it's shape as you remove the skins. This is very important because behind all that rot you see from the inside is rot you can only see from the outside.
That roof framing looks strange to me. Did you repair it exactly as it was built? Once you get the skins off, you'll probably want to remove the new wood since it's important to sandwich the interior plywood sheets between the framing and overlapping the walls for strength.
Honestly, with the amount of disassembly you've done, the easiest way to proceed is remove the skins, remove the walls and repair the floor and walls separately, then rebuild it. My blog below has an example of this but it's kind of like your build...oops, what have I done!. mobiltec and others have done more purposeful full disassembly builds that are better guides.
Agree with above. I hope you took a bunch of pics before you started gutting it. It looks like a cool project. Disassemble to the frame and do a lot of research on rebuilding. Take lots of measurements of what you have left. It will be crucial to stay in those measurements to make the skin work out at the end. Looks like you figured out how to post pics so the hard part is over.
Yes I have a bunch of pictures and believe it or not the other side is still legible so I’m gonna play of that . Im pretty excited about this project . Just gonna take my time with it and make it hopefully nice again . Fingers crossed 🤞 lol . But I will be asking questions the whole way through so I apologize if I’m a pain in the arse .
Consider this, and the other comments a “push in the right direction.” The best thing you can do at this point is to stop, stop, stop, look at the threads here that talk about gutting and to check out Mobiltec’s videos. The second best thing is to follow the advice.