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Old 04-30-2015, 02:11 PM   #1
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Wet Floor in my Dolphin Tropical

I know dolphins like water, but, that's the animal, not the RV.

A few years ago I replaced the carpet in my RV with Vinyl Plank flooring. It was so much better than the old carpet! However, It to has its own set of problems, like expanding and shrinking with the weather and leaving gaps as it does so. It was also textured, making it hard to sweep up find dust, etc.

I had the copilot window replace a couple of years ago and this year I found a leak. We don't get rain very often in AZ so I fixed (read caulked) every thing I could find that might be the problem. This weekend, after a very little rain, I notice a bulge under the window and stated to investigate. I was dry, so I must have fixed it, but found repairs were needed. The drivers side floor was damp, so more investigations needed there!

Also looks like the vinyl held in the moisture, making things worse. We want to take up all vinyl and replace with carpet tiles, but that may be a moisture barrier also.

Thinking of placing an underlayment, but what needs to be done before that.

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Photo (16) shows four attempts to place the co-pilot seat in the right position by the original builder! Now to figure out which holes to use when replacing the seat!

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Old 05-01-2015, 08:27 PM   #2
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Most flooring will expand and contract with moisture (wood) or temperature (vinyl) Many installations suggest that they be free floating with a gap around the edges to allow for that movement.
I'd suggest you seal the floor with a waterproof coating to prevent more damage to the wood.

If you can access the holes for the seat from underneath, you can poke a wire up through the holes that go through the metal bracing. Caulk the other holes when you figure out the correct ones.
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You might look for the leak from under the wheel well where the floor and wall meet.
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You might look for the leak from under the wheel well where the floor and wall meet.
I did, and found some suspects on the driver side but think it might be from around the slide.

On the passenger side (above photo), however, I saw the water running down the wall while the rig was parked at home.

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To keep the inside dry?

The finished project looks great but in order to keep it that way you will have to have some one (or your self) to check all the caulking on the out side in order to keep the inside dry.
Just a thought.
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