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Old 02-27-2013, 09:00 AM   #1
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Replace slide carpet due to fungus

Help! We just discovered fungus growing in the carpet on 2 slides in our 5th wheel. It's in a large area at the corner of each slide. I think we've killed it, but now the carpet needs to be replaced and we want to try to do it ourself. The carpet in the slide in the living room is easy to get to and shouldn't pose too bad of a problem, other than matching the carpet. The other issue is under the bed and right next to the bed. any ideas on the best way to get at the area under the bed without taking the entire king bed structure out? I really don't think the sub-floor is damaged. I've seen lots of forums on replace non-slide carpet, but not the carpet that is in the slide. Thank you in advance for any advice you can give us. The RV is only 3 years old and perfect in every other way. There is not and never was a water leak. I think the humidity and condensation was just too much in those areas.

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Old 02-27-2013, 12:29 PM   #2
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Carpet in camper, great or growing?

Mollyspop, The carpet is installed using contact adhesive and staples around the wall. Just grab a corner with a pair of pliers or gloved hands, and pull it up. Pulling it at an angle like you were rolling the carpet up works best. Use the pliers to pull out any staples that are left sticking up, and replace with new carpet if you want, but best to fix the leak (which you almost certainly have) and/or put in something other than carpet. We used Cork glue down squares (WE Cork Floor) which is very moisture resistant, sound damping, soft underfoot and gives some thermal insulation.
My guess is that the water came into your camper through the slides, either because the slide toppers ponded and then dumped inside when the slide was closed, or the wind drove water in. Best to check the wall of the slide for damage. Water can get in around the windows, run down the inside of the wall, and then sneak out onto the floor. Hopefully it hasn't rotted the floor yet.

Check the (many) threads in the forum about water leaks. Unfortunately, they are common and come from many sources.

Attached is a picture of our RV with a section of rotted floor removed, as well as the inside of the adjacent wall (where the water came from). Our main leak was actually up at the roof where the top joined the sidewall and where the rivets had not penetrated through when installed, so they were expanded into nothing. We bought the unit ten years old, so the damage was extensive by the time we found it and diagnosed the leak correctly (it had been "repaired" with silicone caulking and other ineffective measures several times previous to our purchase). Do a good job, fix stuff as you find it, and enjoy teh fruits of the labor.

We have 3 dogs and 2 boys, and carpet wasn't a fit with our style of Travel, so the cork was a great choice. after ripping out the smelly carpet, we glued and staples 1/4" Luan and then glued the cork over that, so the level of the cork would match up with the ceramic tile that was already in the kitchen area. We ripped out the tile at the front of the RV and put cork there, and on the slide outs and in the step well (Ours is Class A), but the methods are the same. Much easier to clean, and if water does get in, it just mops up and it can't really get into the chipboard (OSB) sub floor ever again (I hope)...
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