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Old 05-17-2020, 08:43 PM   #1
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Thanks for the add

Greetigs fellow sunline owners, names Troy. I have a 1992 saturn that I've had for 4 years and love the lady to death.

Unfortunately the previous owner didnt quite understand things needed to be caulked over time and I have, just earlier today ripped the front wall out, bench seats and table and most of the front floor including the I'm assuming 2x3 floor joists.

I have a job offer in NC and need to be road ready within two weeks and I've never reframed a trailer before. However I am extremely experienced in the trades so i am sure i can figure most of this out but I figured why not as here. What lumber will be acceptable to replace the joists with? 2x4s I'm hoping. Along with the walls are just for strips? How do they attach to the outer metal other than some construction adhesive and a prayer ?

Also going to go with a thin snap lock floor system over a small layer of insulation/ protection sheeting.

I'll shoot some pictures of the inside tomorrow to show progress.

Thanks again.

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Old 05-18-2020, 01:18 PM   #2
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Welcome to the group Troy.
I have a 1976 Sunline 17 1/2í that I am renovating. I have found that 2x4ís work remarkably well and create a much sturdier frame.

Run with it brother!!!
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Old 05-19-2020, 10:14 PM   #3
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Hi Troy,

As far a what type of lumber, SPF lumber (Spruce,Pine,Fir) is what Sunline used to build the camper. As to the size and dimensions, this depends on the vintage of the camper. You can saw/rip 2 x what ever size you need from larger widths to match what was in the camper.

As to the walls and siding, the siding is stapled to the wall studs on the outside. Your 92 camper I am not sure is Sunline went to the 1" wide x 1 1/2" thick walls. The early campers has 1" to 1 1/2" wide by 3/4" thick wall studs.

When you have wall front wall rot, normally the repair is started taking the siding off first, start from the bottom and work your way up. This will exposed the rotted wall studs and then you decide if the wall board is gone and take that out. When you rebuild, the new walls studs are in place, then staple the siding back on.

We have various threads on rebuilding these. Here are a few.

https://www.sunlineclub.com/forums/f...2-a-18706.html

https://www.sunlineclub.com/forums/f...avy-17684.html

https://www.sunlineclub.com/forums/f...avy-16834.html

https://www.sunlineclub.com/forums/f...air-17458.html

https://www.sunlineclub.com/forums/f...ris-16666.html


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Hope this helps

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Hi troy,

I embarked on a rebuild mission that was very similar myself around 10 years ago. Rebuilt nearly entire front end. I ended up using marine grade plywood on the floor, just in case there was ever anymore leaks. the framing on mine was that 1 1/2" x 3/4" stuff mentioned above. I only removed/replaced the sections I needed to and used L brackets to connect them back together. They formerly had long staples. I also used 3/4 foam sheet insilation to stuff back in rather than the old fiberglass. I was a apin but it is all still holding up today. Mine is a 1987 T2251 and we still use and love it. Good luck!
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Old 05-29-2020, 09:03 AM   #5
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Work at a stand still

With the weather here in michigan being a brat I've stopped work until its nicer. However this is as far as I've gotten.

Taking the advice from John, I will be removing the front once all the floor over is removed to rebuild this sweetheart. As far as decals go, do we have a source for them ? Is it possible to back tape and epoxy paint them to look like new ?

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That looks all too familiar. I also bought the white colored wood paneling from Lowes to put on the walls once they were reconstructed and a remnant of linoleum for the floor. As far as the exterior, I have been using some rattle cans to work on mine. Taped off some of the stripes and repainted. I used a rubber buffing wheel to remove as much of the old stickers as possible first. Also re-coated most of the tan color on the front face side of mine as well as rehabbing the old window rock guard. Use some textured paint for that, slightly darker tan color.
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