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This page I wrote for my old rv website RVforSaleGuide.com before discovering the Vanabode as the best travel vehicle for long term fun. People still like big rv's despite the much greater cost and trouble to operate, so here's what I know about them.
Travel Trailer Water Damage page 6
RV trailer repair floor water damage, roof leaks, wall damage
Wall beside door: This one didn't look too healthy from the outside. Doesn't look very promising from the inside, either.
Sigh! More rotten wood to replace. Ugh! looks like I have to rebuild the whole bottom of the wall.
In front of wheel well: Not much left here. Bottom plate is gone and the rest is rotten.
Above the door: Note the water stains on the metal wire guard. This thing has been leaking a long time. The fridge goes below here.
Door side wall: I tried to remove the panels intact. They were 95% delaminating. Tear it all out & replace them. Darn! This window leaks, too.
Front corner - kitchen side: This window leaked the worst, as evident in the paneling. Sure wish I could find some panels to match.
Above kitchen: The top panels are rotted out. Studs seem OK.
Bolting down the floor: Easier to bolt down the floor to the frame when the walls are not attached.
Side wall rebuild: If you're going to take something apart, you may as well get after it!
Side wall rebuild: Some of the new framework is leaning against the old wall.
Top of side wall: The whole top plate of the wall needs replacing and most of the studs.
Bottom of wall: New cross piece support in place. Bottom of the studs are all rotten - most of them anyways.
Looking out: This thing is sure getting wobbly. Have to be careful not to knock it over. Don't need to open a window for fresh air!
One side wall rebuilt: Voila! - I had to rebuild the whole wall up to the door. Very little was salvageable, so I replaced it all.
Kitchen side wall: Can't find matching paneling - may as well rip it all off & have a peek in there!
Fresh water opening: Something else they did not seal properly at the factory.
Top of wall: The whole top plate of the wall has to be replaced. The top of the studs are rotten, too.
Fresh water cutout from outside: Well, I guess I'm replacing all this too.
Shore power opening: Through all this, I'm still hooked up and using my shore power inside. It will have to be removed to fix this area.
All work, text, and photographs courtesy of Bob Hanover