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Old 07-31-2009, 11:29 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, my name is Steven I am new here. I have some questions, I have dry rot in the rear of the 1978 Terry Trailer where the bathroom is and most of the damage is on the side and rear walls. Can anyone tell me of an inexpensive way to fix this but still be durable? And if anyone reads this, please, please send me some links that will help me thru this project, you know, How To, Forums, Cost and so. Like I said I am new here and never done anything like this before and I realy want to do this.
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Steven, I have no help to offer other than to bump your post so that when people get up this morning, it will be closer to the top of the new posts list.

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Old 08-01-2009, 07:53 AM   #3
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Stephen - - been there, done that, it ain't fun. My first Class C (1973) ended up with rot across the rear and one side wall. We may call it "dry rot", but it's anything from being dry - - it is from being wet. Most common causes are roof leaks from roof caulking that is not maintained or windows that start leaking around the caulking. I have never seen or heard of a magic bullet to fix that. I ended up pulling siding so I could get to it, then one by one replacing damaged wood and reattach siding. Then go inside and replace the affected wall panels. If it is too bad, sell it quick.
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Welcome to irv2.com Stephen! Sadly there is no inexpensive fix for rotted wood in your RV. Like Bob said, replacing rotted wood is the only solution. If you are handy with tools and have the time, a DIY repair will be much cheaper though.
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Welcome to iRV2. If you can use a hand saw and a miter box, you can do most of the work yourself with some glue and screws. As Ray said, the only fix for rotted wood is take out and replace.

It is not hard work, just take time and patience.

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Old 08-01-2009, 10:32 PM   #6
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Would you mind if I sent some pic's of what it looks like inside? Im not sure if I can do all this and if it is worth restoring
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Originally Posted by leo81867 View Post
Would you mind if I sent some pic's of what it looks like inside? Im not sure if I can do all this and if it is worth restoring
Welcome Steve!

Why don't you post the photos right here in this thread? There is a section down below that reads "Manage Attachments" ... use that to add your photos!
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How handy are you with wood working tools? Since 90% of your trailer is wood it is a good idea to at least know your way around wood working. Strip the aluminum siding off of the trailer in the affected area. Remove the insulation and then start to figure out what/how to remove the rotted wood parts. Take lots of pictures as this could help in reassembly. Remove the bad parts and replace them with new wood. Glue the studs to the interior paneling, re[place the insulation and re side the trailer. Done and finished except to be sure there is no more leaks.
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First, let me welcome you to iRV2.com. We're glad to have you join us.

Now, to your "challenge". If you look up in the Vintage RV forum, there are several individuals who have documented their adventures in repairing rotted wood in their RVs, complete with photos. This might be of assistance to you in determining what lies ahead should you elect to take on this project.


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