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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.
Travel Trailer Water Damage page 7
RV trailer repair Rebuild project travel trailer, floor water damage, roof leaks, wall damage
Side view: May as well tear all the siding off so I can fix it right. I have now determined that the entire wall has to be rebuilt.
Front wall section: I am leaving the existing wall and replacing it in sections so I match it perfectly. Got to make sure it all fits when I'm done!
Front of wall: This section was complicated - lots of little pieces to fabricate and fit.
Front - The Final Frontier: Uncharted territory - I have not had this apart yet. By the looks of things, I'm replacing the entire front. Much water damage around the window; top and bottom.
Front inside: Did not take much to crumble this in. I gave it a bunt with my hand. Yep! - the whole front is going to be replaced.
Front inside: After removing the paneling, the water damage was visible. The top damage is from the roof leaking.
Outside front corner: Paneling is badly delaminated here. Looks OK, but I put my hand right through it.
Top of front wall: First part of the front wall removed for rebuild.
Front upper wall area: There's how you air it out. Can I go down the highway like this?
Front upper panel: Upper panel rebuilt and ready to install.
Upper front installed: There's the first section in place. Now onto the lower panel.
Lower section of front wall: Most of the new pieces cut and ready for assembly. As with all the walls, it will be glued, stapled and screwed together for a solid unit.
Front rebuilt: Well, there is the whole front rebuilt. Ahhh! What next? Maybe a cold one?
Remember that "only piece of floor" left? Well, I decided that there is no point in leaving one old piece of floor.
Last piece of floor replaced: So, I ripped it out and put in a new one. The original was a little hard to strip the old linoleum anyways.
Front wall - inside view: There's how it looks from the inside - all new framing.
Kitchen and bedroom side wall: Sure is nice to see all that new wood!
Door side wall: Looks kinda neat with everything replaced.
Side and back: And a shot taken from the front back.
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All work, text, and photographs courtesy of Bob Hanover
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