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Old 10-11-2013, 12:16 PM   #1
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best way to repair crawlspace floor.

when we bought our 1998 carri lite 34RL it was still winter and snowing. all was dry on the inside and there seemed to be no issues. the inside looked like it was new and was very well taken care of. we now realized that all the weep holes are pluged up and that the gutters are broke. now when it rains the water runs down the windows and gets into the back crawspace via the doors not sealing tight. I just noticed that the floor in there is wet on the drivers side in front of the door and it has been wet and leaking for some time now based on the walls. on the entry door side the floor is damp and has a week spot from the back corner to the window right above the space (about 18"*2"). the only wet spots are around the side doors, the back door is dry as a bone. also the center support looks like someone kept ramming it when they put stuff in and being particle board it is not the strongest anyway. what would be the best way to repair this myself if possable. first pic is center support, second is entry door side, third is drivers side. thanks

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The only real solution is fix the leaks, tear out ALL rotted, soft wood and replace. No magic tricks, just start removing and dismantling until you don't find water damage. If any rotted wood is left, upon repair the rot will spread to the new wood. Also, be aware of possible mold in wet areas. That can be a health hazard as you work and definitely if you inhabit the contaminated trailer.


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Old 10-11-2013, 03:35 PM   #3
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ok that is what I was thinking. I just went and caulked around all the door openings and anywhere that seemed like it needed caulk. the previous owners seemed to take care of it besides letting the little things like caulking get big like it is now. went up on the roof and it is in great shape. it is just not keeping up on general mantance that has led to this point.
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What crawlspace? Is the trailer permanently parked on a site with sides built up from the ground to the bottom of the trailer all the way around like a house or are you talking about the basement in a fifth wheel trailer?
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it would be a basement. to me I call the front a basement since it is big enough to go in and not be cramped. the back basement is only about 10" high so I call it a crawspace since it is that height. I caulked all around the openings and blew out all the weep holes and now it is dry inside.
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