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Old 07-02-2018, 02:43 PM   #1
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Bantam R-Vision Trail-Lite With Water Leak

I have a 17-year old 21-ft expandable trailer that has held up pretty well especially since I store it indoors during the winter. However just before storing it last year, I noticed that there had been a leak in the front storage area.

Apparently the outside seam had come loose and water had seeped inside. The floor cross member at the front had partially rotted and some of the 1/4" plywood under the floor tile. In the meantime, i made sure that the seam was caulked since the screw will no longer hold it to the chassis.

The leak was only on one side and so only about 1/4 of the cross-member and floor is affected.

Other than removing the benches and ripping out the affected cross-member and replacing it, any advice on repairing that part of the floor? I was thinking of just putting a new piece of 1/4" plywood over the affected area and then re-tiling.




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Your doing good for a 17 year old trailer. I wouldn't go crazy and start ripping out any sub-structure. Biggest thing is to STOP where it was leaking in the first place. You can spent 100 man hours doing a complete floor replacement but a 17 year old unit is only worth so much. A 1/4" plywood over-lay would do the job. I would screw it in just in case in the future it ever had to come out again.



The front of any RV trailer takes a beating especially driving in the rain. On the roof I will do a hands and knees inspection 3 times a year of all caulked areas.


Even my new trailer I check in my front storage area to make sure no water made it in if I drove thru a hard rain storm.
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Thanks very much for your reply, Jim, Diane and Robert,

I spent the weekend looking after a leak in the roof. It looks like the AC gasket was shot and there was some rippling on the ceiling inside. I replaced the gasket and also replaced a couple of broken vents while i was up there. I doubled up on all lap sealant on the roof just in case.

I will probably just lay down a 1/4" sheet in the front storage area where the water had leaked in. The floor still looks strong enough and is all dried out now.

I want to replace the linoleum there and the rest of the floor w/o taking all the benches out. I've tested some paste-and-stick 12" x 12" tiles but they don't adhere all that well onto the surface under the current linoleum. Any suggestions on what type of adhesive I could use to make sure they stay down?

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I want to replace the linoleum there and the rest of the floor w/o taking all the benches out. I've tested some paste-and-stick 12" x 12" tiles but they don't adhere all that well onto the surface under the current linoleum. Any suggestions on what type of adhesive I could use to make sure they stay down?

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