Battling the Cold and the Subfloor

We have a process and a plan, now we just need the weather to warm up to a bearable temp and for us to have free time at the same time and we will finally be able to make some progress!

Here is the process that was working for us the last time we were able to work on the subfloor. It is pretty simple.

I take out as many floor screws as I can with a drill and screw driver.


Every screw that I can get out with the drill-and/or-hammer-the-screwdriver-into-the-rusty-nail-and-slowly-attempt-to-unscrew-the-rusted-screw method is one less screw Tim has to saw out.


Since I took these photos, we have upgraded to a Carbide blade and we are hoping it will work even better. Every screw we remove is a little victory.


It is cold, so cold, but we are hoping that the weather forecast is very wrong and that the Saturday temps of a high of 0 and Sunday’s predicted high of -8 are just a mean joke.

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If those are the temps… we may be putting off working on Alice for another weekend. *sigh* It is just too cold to function out there.



Subfloor DEmo

6 thoughts on “Battling the Cold and the Subfloor

  1. Bill Grant

    Thirty years from now, I can imagine you blogging from a warm sunny Florida campground, recalling what you went through to get your AS ready to roll. Ah, those were the days!

    1. Meg Post author

      Ohh! I love the idea of that! That is the motivation we need to remember to take our time and do it right so Alice can still be on the road 30 years from now!

  2. Sarah

    I’m a resourceful mom of 3 with a passion for building, design and simple living… I have been wanting to do what y’all are doing and I’m finally just about ready to buy my first vintage trailer to renovate (and live in)! Going back and forth between the Spartan Mansion and a 31 ft Sovereign Airstream…both will be gutted and modernized- Sure looks like you guys did your homework before choosing which one to buy- I’d love to pick your brain so I have the best shot of going down this path successfully! So sorry to see your cold weather woes- come to FL!

  3. Stefani DeRosa

    HI we have a question we are slowly reading your blog and are starting on our own adventure. My boyfriend is scared that if we take everything out of our 1977 Avian it will collapse. Meaning if we take all supporting walls out and cabinets out to re do the floors and walls and elect that the shell of it will collapse on itself. I am thinking not. But we see pictures of you installing flooring and electrical with it completely gutted. Did you use any support of any kind before you took all walls and cabinets out of the structure. Anything you can tell us would be greatly appreciated. We are new on starting all of this and so far have only taken measurements and drawn up little rudimentary plans. We have NO IDEA what we are doing and will be combing through anything you have to help us. Thank you SOOOOOO much
    Stefani Vincent and Allana

  4. Tim

    Hi! The airstream is built like an airplane. It’s a steel frame wrapped in aluminum inner and outer skin. The skin does add some support, but primarily it’s the steel frame that holds everything up. Everything on the inside is non-structural.

    Even with the inner skin completely out the airstream roof still supports my weight, however not as much as it did with the inner skin in. I keep my weight to the steel framing for now until we get the inner skins back on.

    You’ll find lots of info on the Airforums about how airstreams are put together. Or keep asking questions here, we’re more than willing to answer what we can.


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