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This page I wrote for my old rv website RVforSaleGuide.com before developing the Vanabode as the best travel vehicle for cheap easy long term road trips. People still like big rv's despite the much greater cost and trouble to operate, so here's what I know about them.
RV Trailer Floor Damage page 5
RV trailer repair Rebuild project travel trailer, floor water damage, roof leaks
Move on further: Well, I guess its time to move inland.
Floor by door: Doesn't look too bad.... or does it? Note the hole by the door.
Floor by door: Yikes!! The whole dang thing is rotten!! What have I got myself into?
White stuff growing: After removing the plywood, there is all kinds of white stuff growing on the rotten wood. Wall paneling is rotten too.
Under the furnace: You would think that the heat from the furnace would keep this area dry. Not so. This was the only place in the whole trailer where the white fungus was present.
Front floor area: Well, I guess I have to completely gut the trailer. Its the only way to fix it right. Most of the plywood is out now.
Hollow shell: All the cabinets and everything are out now. Now I have a clear space to work:
Converter: Through all this, I am still hooked up to my shore power and it is still functioning! I have had to be careful, but I am using many of the coach lights and all the 110V plugs.
Hollow shell: Time to strip out the rest of the rotten floor.
Replacing more perimeter framework: Got the wall jacked up via the wheel well so I can replace the front structural members.
Front framework replaced: All of the joists have been repaired now. I still think I should push it out into the street and burn it!! This is too much work!
Ready for plywood: Many long hours went into this area. All insulated now and the covering for the furnace ducts has been replaced. Additional wiring for 12V plugs has been run. I also ran a wire to the back for backup lights.
New plywood down - finally! Solid floor at last....... WHEW ! ! That was one heckuva pile of work!
New plywood down - finally! View from back of trailer. No more walking on the joists!
The only original floor: This was the only piece that was not rotten. Just have to clean it up a bit.
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