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Old 07-31-2013, 03:08 AM   #1
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Dealing with water damage on 'ice cream sandwich floor'

Hey there. I have a travel trailer with an ice cream sandwich floor (polystyrene sandwiched between plywood). The floor in the trailer bedroom was damaged by water that leaked down the inside of the wall after seeping into a screw hole on one of the mounts that holds the awning to the side of the trailer.

The leak has been fixed. The top layer of plywood had to have several layers removed due to the water damage, leaving a thin layer of plywood on top and bare polystyrene in some places. I used oil based Kilz on the plywood to block any mildew odor and protect it from any future water damage if a leak should return. Right now I am thinking of placing a sheet of plywood over the floor to reinforce the floor, as the floor has been weakened by the water damage. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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that will work
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I agree it sounds like a plan to me.
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Well? I am about to do the same. What type/thickness did you use, etc? Did you glue down, screw down?
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Well? I am about to do the same. What type/thickness did you use, etc? Did you glue down, screw down?
I had my uncle who is a professional contractor do most of the work.We used 1/2 inch OSB. We put down liquid nails to glue it down, and screwed it down with 2.5 inch coarse drywall screws. This worked really well. I will try to post some pics
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I'm surprised a professional would use osb instead of real plywood
I never use that or luan
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I'm surprised a professional would use osb instead of real plywood
I never use that or luan
Well, as he explained it OSB has come along way. OSB nowadays is good stuff, it resists swelling when wet, and resists rot and insects. And its also alot cheaper than plywood. I used OSB to build a floor for a shed. It was unattended and had a water leak, the floor got wet and stayed wet for a few months, but the OSB did not swell up. Once it dried it was fine. I have also built an outdoor generator box with it, it has lasted almost 2 years outdoors so far. I'm pretty impressed with the stuff. EDIT: sometimes when I mention OSB people think I mean particle board, which is different, and something I wouldnt use
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my statement was from experience in rv floors. some manufacturers used inferior products
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Here's what I did:

How I reinforced floor from above
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