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Old 02-26-2021, 07:47 PM   #1
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Motor home bedroom floor replacement

Hello rv friends
I have to replace the floor in the bedroom of my 1999 Class A Seabreeze
There is a fuel tank, LP tank and the generator under the bedroom floor.
Can anyone offer advice on replacing the floor. Can it be cut out and replaced from the top, without disturbing the fuel tanks etc.
I think I just need to remove the bed and water tank under the bed, and some water pipes.
Iím just concerned about starting the project and opening a can of worms. Because we can still use the rv as is.
Second option is to patch 2 corners of soft floor and ignore the soft floor under the water tank and bed.
Any one that has done it please send some tips and advice.
Thanks in advance..
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Old 02-27-2021, 07:35 AM   #2
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My guess is yes since the chassis is provided to the RV manufacturer for them to build the unit on top of the chassis. Look at how the fuel tank is constructed and secured to the chassis, it probably has large straps holding it up or supported on the the chassis frame. Same with the LP tank.


Also, I believe you Seabreeze is gas. If you have the floor off and have full access to the top of the fuel tank it may be worth your trouble to replace the fuel pump. A pretty easy job if the top is accessible.
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And you are replacing the floor because of a water leak from the tank that wasn't noticed and destroyed the flooring?

Go into the baggage compartments in the area and look to see what's attached to the flooring. Unsecure whatever.

Remove all from the bedroom floor.

Set a circular saw for the exact thickness of the floor. No deeper. Cut the area out a couple inches from the walls. Only cut out what you need to fix the damaged floor, no more.
Use a reciprocating saw to cut through the corners where the circular can't reach. Don't go any further than the flooring bottom. There might be a vapor barrier underneath.

Unscrew the floor. Lift it up with a wonder bar. inspect to ensure nothing is holding the flooring down anywhere.

Use a router and set a bit for half the thickness of the flooring and route a step in the old flooring...this is why you didn't cut all the way to the walls - to make room for the router base.

Cut your new floor to the outside edge of the old flooring route. Dry fit it to ensure it fits nice in the channel from the router. If so, take it out and use the router and cut the same channel into the new board. Dry fit and adjust.

Mark the framing supports on the old floor. Double check nothing is in the way for flooring screws. If so, diagram where NOT to screw (fuel line, electrical, plumbing, etc).

Use construction adhesive all around the old flooring route channel. Set the new flooring in. Chalk line the framing supports on the new board using the marks on the old floor. Screw in the new floor with self tappers that are long enough.

Let it dry and put your new flooring in (carpet, tile, hardwood, etc). Put everything back into the bedroom.

Go for a well earned trip.
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Old 02-27-2021, 11:24 AM   #4
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Hello rv friends
I have to replace the floor in the bedroom of my 1999 Class A Seabreeze
There is a fuel tank, LP tank and the generator under the bedroom floor.
Can anyone offer advice on replacing the floor. Can it be cut out and replaced from the top, without disturbing the fuel tanks etc.
I think I just need to remove the bed and water tank under the bed, and some water pipes.
Iím just concerned about starting the project and opening a can of worms. Because we can still use the rv as is.
Second option is to patch 2 corners of soft floor and ignore the soft floor under the water tank and bed.
Any one that has done it please send some tips and advice.
Thanks in advance..

Search for the current thread " Fix and Sell or just Sell " .

It will give you some ideas for repair that won't require removing the existing plywood. This works well where the soft floor plywood extends under the walls where it can't be removed.

If you decide to go ahead and remove the existing plywood there is an alternative method that doesn't require routering a lip around the opening .

Just make the cut around the damaged area . then take a piece of plywood same thickness as the flooring. Cut a piece 3" wide and as long as one side of the opening . Use construction adhesive and glue along one edge of the piece , slide the glued side halfway ( 1-1/2" ) under the edge , clamp it then screw it to the existing flooring . Do this around the entire edge . You now have a ledge to support the new plywood . Simply glue the exposed ledge , install the new plywood and screw it down .

If you can locate the Fuel Gauge Sending Unit and Fuel Pump , cut a 6" round access hole above it . Then install a 6" marine access cover . the rim screws down and the cover unscrews from the rim. This will give you access if the sending unit or pump later fails .

Good luck , you have quite a project in front of you.
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Thanks for the tips, they will surely help.
I had forgotten about the fuel pump access hole. I did that years ago on a Bronco.
Cut the floor, made an access hatch and changed the fuel pump withou dropping the tank.
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