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Posted: 01/13/18 07:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How's this for a 24 hour temp change? Yesterday it was about 61.



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Posted: 01/13/18 07:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So, I decided to go ahead and remove the last steel joist at the front of the coach. (yellow arrow).

The yellow circles are where there are screws that help hold that piece in place.

The screws come through from the other side of that piece of plywood. There were 3 on each side and none in the middle.



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Posted: 01/13/18 07:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking at the plywood from the other side, is a pic of 2 of those 3 screws, on the passenger side. This is just behind the right front tire.

It's probably not easy to tell, but this plywood is covered with aluminum sheeting. This is the same aluminum that was glued to the bottom of the flooring, and not very thick.



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Posted: 01/13/18 07:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here you can see one of those screws sticking through the plywood from the front, and it was screwed into the steel floor joist.



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Posted: 01/13/18 07:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is just behind the drivers seat, and you can see 2 of the 3 screws that was holding that steel in place.



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Posted: 01/13/18 07:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This pic was taken before I had removed the floor joist, so don't get confused.

In this pic you can see that there is a screw going the opposite direction. This screw held the plywood to a piece of steel on the opposite side of the plywood.

Here you can also see the aluminum that was wrapped from the other side of the plywood, to this side.



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Posted: 01/13/18 08:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This pic is directly over top of the right side frame rail. This also goes towards the front, and holds the plywood on.



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Posted: 01/13/18 08:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here I have the screw backed out, ready to remove it, again, over the right side frame rail.



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Posted: 01/13/18 08:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here is a pic of all the screws that were holding this plywood on. All of them were screwed in from this side.

I think what Fleetwood did, was to build the framework over the engine, with the seats, and so forth and then slid the flooring in place.

In order to hold the floor to the plywood, and eliminate gaps, they added the 6 screws from the other side to hold them together.



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Posted: 01/13/18 08:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

And here it is. This is what we would see from inside the coach.

The yellow circle is a hole, which originally held a light, like the lights that used to be used for a license plate light on a car.

They were used for night lights, to light up the floor, in case someone needed to use the restroom during the night.

The red circle, shows the bottom which was cut out just a little, so it would clear the top of the transmission case.



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Now, that was simple, wasn't it? Lol....

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