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Old 06-17-2006, 08:41 AM   #1
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Good afternoon everyone,

Well, it finally fell through. We had a leak that we calked by the furnace outlet on the trailer. We'd seen a purple discoloration on the floor for a while and never dawned on us what caused the vinyl to change color. It was mold. The floor underneath has rotted. Can put my foot right through it. The vinyl has pulled away from the side of the trailer. It happened right by the sink side between it and the couch.

How hard is this going to be to fix? Our trip is in a month. Can't afford now to take it to a dealer to get fixed. Has anyone fixed these before? The hubby's worked construction, so he can do that type work. But trailers are a whole other ball game. We'll have to replace the vinyl-though I am thinking we have some left over carpet from doing our family room to put in that area instead from side wall to side wall(leave just enough vinyl for the entry to wipe wet feet).

Any ideas how to approach this? Does it require getting under the trailer or can it all be done from above?

Thanks!
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PS, I'll add pics on this later today when I go out there.
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Old 06-17-2006, 08:41 AM   #2
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Good afternoon everyone,

Well, it finally fell through. We had a leak that we calked by the furnace outlet on the trailer. We'd seen a purple discoloration on the floor for a while and never dawned on us what caused the vinyl to change color. It was mold. The floor underneath has rotted. Can put my foot right through it. The vinyl has pulled away from the side of the trailer. It happened right by the sink side between it and the couch.

How hard is this going to be to fix? Our trip is in a month. Can't afford now to take it to a dealer to get fixed. Has anyone fixed these before? The hubby's worked construction, so he can do that type work. But trailers are a whole other ball game. We'll have to replace the vinyl-though I am thinking we have some left over carpet from doing our family room to put in that area instead from side wall to side wall(leave just enough vinyl for the entry to wipe wet feet).

Any ideas how to approach this? Does it require getting under the trailer or can it all be done from above?

Thanks!
Nell
PS, I'll add pics on this later today when I go out there.
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Old 06-17-2006, 09:30 AM   #3
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I would think it would be from above. I would remove as much vinyl as you can to see where the floor is not rotted. You must have floor joists to support floor when you get it open check them for good wood than reinforce if need be to support the new floor. If floor is rotten under cabinets take out draws and just screw in a new floor on top into floor joists. You should leave this till last so floor can dry you may have to remove vinyl under cabinets to do this. The main floor is what you should concentrate on for now.
You could use pressure treated plywood for replacement in case of another water leak and because you plan on a rug.
Take your time and use a circular saw to cut thickness of floor so you will not damage the good wood on joists.
The vinyl outside you can use duct tape tempo because you may have to remove vinyl to replace the side wall that is rotten. Insulation maybe wet also. When you do fix outside just check the way sidewalls were attatch to flooring members and sealed.
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Travel trailers are built much like mobile homes. The flooring is put down on the metal frame then the floor covering. The walls (exterior & interior) are then attached to the floors, followed by the roof. You will need to remove as much of the rotted wood as possible. That's a bit easier than putting the good stuff back in (rotted stuff comes out in pieces while the good stuff has to go back in whole). Don't just cover up the rot. It will lead to worse problems down the road (even if you do not have "black mold", many other molds can be toxic or cause allergic reactions). Also you will most likely have rusted out screws and other fasteners. We used a combination of circular saw and dremels to remove the rot in our Class C (ours was in the ceiling and in the bed decking of the cabover). Rotted wood is alot like cancer... it tends to spread to the good members. Check the wall framing to make sure it is solid. You don't need to use pressure treated plywood. If you had gotten the floor completely dried out when the leak first happened (meaning lifting the floor covering), you wouldn't be dealing with a rotted out floor. Care of RV's really aren't much different than care for a house. If you allow any water leaks to continue, then you end up with rot. With RVs, many folks tend to not mess with staying on top of repair work, mostly because it's too easy to put it off.

I don't know how your RV is built but our Class C floor is metal frame, aluminum sheet, 1 1/2 inch foamboard, plywood, carpet. Our side walls are framed with 2X2 wood (top & bottom plates are 2X4's on side), aluminum exterior siding, luan paneling interior. Insulation is 2" foamboard in the walls & ceiling. You probably won't know for sure until you tear into it.
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Old 06-18-2006, 03:55 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tips. Funny thing about this is that this started before we picked it up from the dealer back in 2001. It was a used unit. The slight purplish spots on the vinyl showed up just after we picked it up. Thought that maybe a sticker from soda boxes(they usually sat there) maybe bleed on the floor. We faithfully scrubbed and cleaned the trailer before covering it for the winters here.

It took some detective work to figure out where the leak came from in the first place. Actually we have another around a window too-same problem with the chalk not being there.
How the dealer managed to miss it before they delivered it to us-well I can imagine being the one we bought it from. They prepped and readied the wrong trailer-damaged the holding tanks(weren't told that til after we got it home and they had to come back and get it and papers signed). So what happened to cause this, we think started with them. Too late to prove that though. It's like the first home we had-a 1966 Ritzcraft mobile home. We did lots of repairs to that to keep it from falling apart.

The Hubby's going to start on it today. He said that he'll start making some test holes through just the plywood to see where the floor joists are. Then work from there and see how far the problem is in the floor.

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Hope it works out, my used 1989 Prowler Lynx has a couple yellow spots on the floor, but the floor seems solid, so I guess they are just from something that sat on it and reacted with the vinyl.
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Here's a update on the repair. The hubby was able to literally rip out the old floor by hand-it's particle board. It was exactly between the wall floor joist and the next one over.

He cut the vinyl floor next to the cabinet(floor was fine under sink area) and just under the gaucho sofa so you couldn't see the cuts. He added support to the studs that were there-they had no mold or rot on them. Added a new piece of plywood(3/4 inch with a covering of luan) to meet the height of the old floor. Re-glued the vinyl and placed it back. He added two pieces of oak trim by the cabinet and wall to add trim. Looks great and it's solid.

The vinyl floor was cleaned underneath before being replaced with bleach. It's still discolored, but we'd have to replace all of it and it's just as easy to place a throw rug over it. Took him less that two hours from start to finish and no money layed out-we had scrap wood to do the job. That's the best part.

Thanks for all the replies and help!

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