Tonight, I dry fit the next-to-rearmost sections of floor as well as one of the replacement wheel wells I'd fabricated. New Airstreams have an anti-wicking agent "painted" on the first few inches along the outside edges of the floor. I couldn't find any details on that product, however, so the new floor has had several coats of polyurethane applied to it plus black oil-based paint along the outside edges.
|New wheel well being dry fit|
|Wheel well extends several inches below the wall. Oops.|
|That's just a bit of a mess|
Those aluminum sheets are supposed to join up. The one on the bottom, from the "belly" skin, is supposed to get riveted to the nearly-vertical sheet that is like a "wall." However, those rivets are also supposed to pass through to a aluminum channel running along the outer edge of the floor. That would be on the section of floor that I can't install before the other section, which can't be installed until the wheel well is in place. Oh, and the "wall" skin is supposed to be riveted to the piece to the left, but I have work to do before that can happen.
This is definitely keeping me busy. And puzzled, at times. The dependencies and connectedness of the structure can turn otherwise simple bits of repair or replacement into complicated challenges, particularly with respect to the sequence some activities must occur in. But I shall trudge on through, and hopefully have it campable this year. There's a lot of amazing things to see here in America, and this is how I want to visit many of them.