Making Progress!

It’s been a little over two months since we found our Overlander and we have made major progress! Woohoo! We removed the shell, cleaned out the nasty belly pan and our buddy the pack rats’ acorn stash,  repaired the frame, painted it with POR-15, cut new marine plywood for the floor, bolted it down, lowered the shell, and insulated the belly pan. The one thing we did differently on this trailer was the belly pan insulation. In the past, we have stuck with the fiberglass insulation that was used originally. This time we decided to try 2″ foam board insulation. We used fender washers and screws to attach it to the floor so there will be no chance of it falling down.

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The window hardware has been cleaned up, painted and installed along with new gaskets. We removed the old rusty window clips and installed new stainless ones and the windows are back in. We have done a lot of cleaning on the exterior. And I mean A LOT! Silicone…UGH! With all the seams cleaned and silicone removed we have started re-sealing with Parbond. Dan has patched the center vent hole, cut a new one for the A/C, and patched several places where original antennas were. We inspected the rivets and replaced several that were obvious leakers and after cleaning the seams on the inside, we sealed them with Sikaflex-221 sealant. We have started on the wiring and are hoping for some warmer days so we can get started on the polishing.  With every small accomplishment, we become more and more excited. Love, Love, Love this trailer!

Stay warm…Spring is coming!

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Pretty Belly!

With the shell back on our attention went to the belly. We contemplated the various insulation choices and decided to go back with “the pink stuff” except ours was white!  We stapled it up with stainless steel staples then covered it with bird netting and nailed it up with plastic cap head roofing nails.  Hopefully that will keep it from falling down over time.

Our old belly pan aluminum had several big rips in it and  lots of corrosion. We just couldn’t see trying to save it. Too many mouse holes. We ordered the aluminum from Air Parts Inc. and were very pleased with their service.  The installation wasn’t hard, just uncomfortable. Laying on cold concrete drilling holes and squeezing a rivet gun over and over again was hard on old hands, but….WOW…what a pretty belly!