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Fleetwood Gaarland 1990, questions....

Hi all, hope I'm in the right shop with this post,, feel frre to move, dear admin! I have a 1990 Fleetwood Gearland 148/2. Does anyone know 1) what the composition of the floor panel is, for sure? Underneath it looks like plywood,(it would, I know) in 3 sections, panel joints taped at one stage. But is it so, or is it the outer skin only of a laminated composite? I have a spongy bit near the door- surprise- and if its wood, will the resin fix work? I am thinking just put a reinforced ply doubler on it if its wood. 2) Nose weigh? My tug can take up to 75 kg, but have no idea what Fleetwood used to recommend. 3) tyre pressures; I have Nankang (yuk) light commercial, IIRC load index is 92, max load per tyre 670kg. 4) Its a BPW chassis, and the A frame appears to be twisted slighly so the jockey leg is not vertical. It is a bolt on A frame, and I have loosened the bolts and tried to see if it would relax or be persauded into the correct level. No luck! Would this be detrimental? It looks a bit naff. Also, I cannot make my mind up if it will assume the correct nose up/down stance when coupled- it seems it points slightly upwards. I have seen some pics of others which do so, but never fully side on from A frame level, so its hard to tell. Any help with these and I will be most grateful! TIA Dave
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Hi yes you are in the right place there are a couple of folks on here who can help who should be along shortly
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the floor on the fleetwood is base layer of ply, then jabbalite insulation, then ply and carpet, ive just replaced mine on the Colchester i have
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Cupra is correct and the most comman place to get delamination is the entrance door and kitchen area

some links that will help
Delaninatiob HOW TO http://brian-davies.pwp.blueyonder.c...lamination.htm
Delaminated lfoor http://www.eclipse.co.uk/samwise/frameset.htm
Delaminated lfoorhttp://www.myidealcaravan.co.uk/faultfinder.html

Delaminated lfoor http://www.eclipse.co.uk/samwise/frameset.htm
Under floor delamination kits http://www.thegluepeople.co.uk/v1/html/delam_tx.html

Delamination kits http://www.apollochemicals.co.uk/
Delamination kits http://www.leisureplus.co.uk/

Under floor repair is probably the hardest to carry out working on your back but it saves the damage to the fitted floor covering all the cleaning and sanding off with dust spreading about inside the van


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Caravan weight x max tyre pressure / Max tyre load x number of wheels = tyre pressure
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Max tyre press = 65psi
Max tyre load = 630Kg
MIRO = 971Kg
(971 X 65) / (630 X 2) = 50 psi

Fully laden
Max tyre press = 65psi
Max tyre load = 630Kg
MTPLM = 1140Kg
(1140 X 65) / (630 X 2) = 59 psi

Tyre technical information and more http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/tiretech.jsp



Re the chassis not had any experience with PBW but I would remove any fairings ans try to work out any differential measurements using straight edges and calipers / Vernor gauges

You could try the PBW web site for technical info

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Wow, really impressed with quick replies, folks. I will try and get a pic on of the drawbar mither (great word, mither,BTW), it is visible so there is no doubt about it, no need of my trusty verniers,lol. Just wondered if it makes any difference to tow behaviour etc. Hmmmm....
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Here we go, twist is visible, also despite nose in the air, does the side view look like a frame is too high compared to caravan base line ( I "sat it down" to get better access underneath while I decide if the new mover is goin fore or aft of the wheels). Whaddya think? Cheers Dave



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We could do with a more close up pic of the "A" frame

From the pic I would suggest that at some time the jockey wheel has hit from below ie a speed hump / loading on a ferry . etc

From the pic the "U" section of the steel ( on the right ) looks Distorted not uniform ( could be the pic detail )

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Hi again Dave,, better pic pending, later today... looks like it might only be the right arm of the frame, now you mention it not being uniform. I blamed them both straight away. I think if I loosen the coupling bolts iI might be able to reset it if I can fasten some leverage to it. Cheers.
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