Star Sheet Metal & New Belly Pan
We had to cast about for a while before finding a sheet metal shop that was willing to work with us on what we needed. We had a few false-starts...and then the clouds parted, the sun came out, and birds began to sing. We found: Star Sheet Metal in Irving, Texas. More importantly; we found Henry Cordova...the shop foreman. Henry is a cool cat...and was in to our project.
Start Sheet Metal is old school. No website. No social media presence...but busy as all get out because of word-of-mouth. Here's what you'll find if you look 'em up on Google:
Star Sheet Metal
Sheet metal contractor in Irving, Texas
Address: 200 E Pioneer Dr, Irving, TX 75061
Phone: (972) 438-5056
New Belly Pan
Henry and team set about fabricating metal for us to use as a new galvanized steel belly pan to protect the bottom of the camper. They used the trailer as a template, and then secured the metal pieces for transport using strips of wood and some screws that I sent along with Erin when she went to the shop.
GREAT GUYS at Star Sheet Metal!!
|Henry (on Right) and co worker size things up.
|We added a 2" lip to protect the eventual floor grid, and allow the metal siding to overlap.
|Front of trailer.
|Henry; securing the metal for transport.
|All ready to go!
Back at the WorkshopHere's what the metal looked like when placed in position on top of the deck. Eventually, the metal will go down first, then stringers and insulation, and then the 1/2" plywood. Not pictured here were long strips of galvanized steel bent at 90 degrees in the shape of an "L" that would act as strips to go along the sides.
This is what the final installed pan looks like. Pretty nice. Should last a LOT longer than the asphalt board on the original trailer...