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The Adventures of RV Floor Replacement

27 Jul

Wrech SignTime has really been flying by and I apologize for being short on posts in the recent past. I’ve been spending all of my time in our RV getting it ready for camping.

You see, earlier this year I was examining a soft spot in the floor of our 21′ Sun Valley Road Runner and I discovered a disaster far greater than I could have imagined.

The entire floor had to be replaced.I probably should have paid more attention to the soft spot in the floor when I purchased the trailer privately last year.  Hindsight is always 20/20, but I really didn’t think it would be a big deal.  At best I was planning on possibly having to replace a small section of the floor.  Yea right.

The real adventure started when I peeled back the linoleum under one of the bench storage compartments.  The floor was black and soggy.

I could see little tiny bugs scurry around as I inspected the damage.  I peeled back more and more flooring until I got to the center of the trailer and discovered good wood.

This was just an illusion though.

It would turn out that there was an island of good wood in a sea of wet, moldy chipboard.  It was disgusting, but I wasn’t discouraged (well maybe just a little).  I took the challenge head on, slowly disassembling the cabinetry and walls, then storing them in my garage.

I worked piece by piece to remove the old floor and lay down the new floor.

The goal was to leave the external walls up while I did this.  It is possible and it’s been a slow going process, but I’m getting to the home stretch.  I now have the new plywood floor in place, covered with an interlocking vinyl.

The interior walls are starting to take shape and a good portion of the cabinetry is in.  I work with computers for a living, so believe me when I tell you that carpentry and repairs are not one of my main skill sets.

My journey to replace the floor in our trailer serves as a testament to the do-it-yourselfer.  With a little time, patience, and sweat – you too can accomplish incredible tasks.

Rather than scrapping the trailer, I sunk about $700 into it and the family can continue to enjoy camping in it.  $400 of that bill was just the new vinyl flooring, since we opted for an upgrade over the linoleum.  It also cost me a few weekends and late nights, but it was all worth it.

I’ll break down some of the work into manageable posts for those that are interested in the end-to-end process.  Stay tuned!

 
 

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  1. todd

    December 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    hey norm i too just got a trailer and did not look at it well enough to notice a soft spot, 30 footer removed carpet and vinyl to reveal nasty thoughout door side, had a small area to do but looks like whole lenght of trailer needs it. i got it to live in this winter while they build our house , the problem i am having is getting the cabinets out i beleave they are attached from the outside and if this is the case do i need to remove whole outside ? to remove. the side with the slide out is solid, door and sink side rotten 1 jouist in , i do not see any leaks from roof down walls, so i suspect water line leak ? how does the door come out i dont see any screws or bolts in door jam.

     
  2. Trevor

    April 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Wow this just happened to me. My brother in law is going to help me replace the floor.

     
  3. RVinND

    August 6, 2013 at 1:51 am

    It looks like you may have posted this 2 years ago. I hope that you still check this. I am very interested in reading your post detailing the step by step process you went through. I just discovered that the trailer that I purchased last fall has a mostly rotted floor and I’d love to see more about your repair work.

     
  4. James L Branzei

    November 1, 2014 at 1:05 am

    I’m in th process refurbishing a camper an not wanting to have to take down the walls either to patch up the floor any more links to your floor repair.thanks

     
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