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Old 07-21-2013, 01:13 PM   #1
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1998 Holiday Rambler 24BC Rotter Wood

I bought this 1998 Holiday Rambler travel trailer and thought it just had a water leak in the roof so I figured I woud order a Rubber Roof replacement kit and change it out from bestmaterials.com. Then I got to thinking which is bad for me to do because I cannot stand a water leak or foul smell in the trailer. So I went looking. Found all the outer boards where the metal screws fasten the metal sheeting along the bottom left side and rear of the trailer were either gone or all rotten. This is from light assebly, roof cracks and other leaks. Pulled the water heater, house heater, everything attached to the left side and pulled the bottom sheet of metal from front to rear off and the boards are all wet. the water heater has an exhaust opening that has collected water from rain I suppose since it was new and water had soaked those boards and a foot around the water heater floor is rotted out also. So now I will replace all the rotten wood. I plan to replace the rotten boards along the bottom edge with aluminum stock with "C" channel or square/rectangular tubing.
So my question is has anyone done this on their trailer and can you provide any info on it before I go at it alone. I also have to replace the plywood under the water heater any ideas on how to attach it when there is nothing to connect to after I cut it from where it goes under the steel frame. The walls are aluminum tubing connected to the plywood flooring then to steel frame. I am cutting the plywood floor along the steel frame from underneath about a foot or so from the side of the trailer.
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:09 PM   #2
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Replacing with anything but wood might be fairly time consuming, but it would last longer. With mine I replaced it all with wood and then used flat aluminum on the outside corners to make sure they don't leak
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:33 PM   #3
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I am going to replace the wood with pressure treated lumber and I hope there are no more leaks after I replace the roof. I will look at some metal at the ends too.
Now to determine if I want to use PVC or EPDM rubber membrane on the roof.
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:27 PM   #4
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I tore the floor out and the walls in the bedroom and now putting in new paneling. Removed rotten wood between metal frame and aluminum structure. Ripped 2x4 white wood at 2 and 1/2 inches for floor joists that are primed with kilz and replaced flooring with 5/8" plywood. Had to remove two rows of metal siding from rear and left side because of water damage from vents around water heater and house heater. then replaced thin insulation to get rid of water damage and black mold. Been busy and now it is looking pretty good. Still have to decide on 60mil epdm rubber roof or pvc material. Pvc is supposed to be simple to install and no special tools because roll is 10x30 and roof is 8x24. No seams to put together.
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