Hit the Floor

Using the old floor as a template.

Using the old floor as a template.

To say that the floor was an issue would be an understatement. Replacing the floor in an Airstream or Argosy is a challenge. From my research the floor in these rot in the same places, so if you are ever looking to buy an older Airstream or Argosy, these are the places to check for floor damage: (1) near the door and on both sides of the door, (2) under and near the fresh water tank (overfilling will cause water to spill), (3) the under and behind the shower (4) under the toilet. Most of these places will be hidden by furniture/cabinetry so they are hard to spot.

Old floor as a template.

Old floor as a template.

Getting it just right.

Getting it just right.

Sealing the piece before installing.

Sealing the piece before installing.

 

Both sides and all edges were sealed.

Both sides and all edges were sealed.

Using the new front piece as a template for the back curve.

Using the new front piece as a template for the back curve.

As I have said before, the floor must sit inside a C-Channel that runs the length of the trailer on each side. The Floor slides in about 1 to 1 ½ inch. Since the camper has been sitting for months with no floor, there was some sag on the C-Channel, especially at the door were everyone was stepping to come in and out. We used some jacks to lift upon the body and widen out the C-Channel where needed to place the floor. Also the body had bowed out some so we had to do some adjusting to fit it back into place.

 

Holding the body in place while the floor was put in place.

Holding the body in place while the floor was put in place.

Dad cutting some aluminum to add near the fender.

Dad cutting some aluminum to add near the fender.

New aluminum piece to fill in a small gap at the fender.

New aluminum piece to fill in a small gap at the fender.

Adding that extra support made the installion much easier, I don’t think we could have placed a full piece across the width without causing some damage to the body.

 

Progress was slow at first.

Progress was slow at first.

Looks so good, I was/am so happy.

Looks so good, I was/am so happy.

Caught in the act - my brother who has complained about this and refused to help, finally did.

Caught in the act – my brother who has complained about this and refused to help, finally did.

Getting the back piece in place.

Getting the back piece in place.

It got serious.

It got serious.

We marked where the frame rails were so that the floor could be secured to the frame in addition to the floor supports. Bolts were used in the body, to bolt the body to the frame. There are so many screws and bolts, nothing should move. We used stainless and brass so that these will not rust in the future.

Bolts - one in the frame and another into the wood.

Bolts – one in the frame and another into the wood.

More bolts and screws holding the body and floor in place.

More bolts and screws holding the body and floor in place.

Finished floor looking toward the front.

Finished floor looking toward the front.  You can see the marking on the floor to show where the frame and board floor supports are underneath.

Finished floor, looking toward the back.

Finished floor, looking toward the back.  You can see the markings on the floor to show where the frame and board floor supports are underneath.

Getting the floor in place was such a relief, we knew this was going to be difficult.  It is so nice to be able to walk around in the camper without fear on falling through the belly pan.  Next step is get her all wired and ready for the walls to be insulated.  We are not moving as fast as we would like but you can’t rush a labor of love.

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2 thoughts on “Hit the Floor

    • It is a 1973 Argosy 24ft, twin bed model. Sorry, he is not for hire, LOL. It was hard enough to get him to work on this one. He is really amazing at the things he can do.

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