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.