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Old 05-08-2014, 02:20 PM   #1
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Omg! Leak! Leak!

Ok I am trying to remain calm however.....As I am working on my trailer to:
1. Go to the Midwest Sunline Owners Rally
2. LIVE IN IT!

I sold my house. Closing is May 30th and I have 20 days after that to vacate.

"The plan" was to RVing awhile but now I have this bad leak that will probably require who knows what? Part of the sub-floor removed and replaced? The front door rehung?

The funny thing is (not really) I just had the roof done at the dealer. However I do not think its the roof but the door. I always thought it was not hung correctly. It's been rainy here to the last week. A couple of nights ago it really stormed and we got a lot of rain

But I have no idea what to do! I do not know anyone that knows anything about this and the dealer would charge an arm & a leg!!

Just spend $587 at the dealer getting the roof resealed and a new temp control in the AC. I also need to get the wheel bearings repacked IF I was going to RV around the country as I have never had done it.

The dealer quoted me $349 but was going to check around
And I just ordered awesome material to make curtains and pillows and stuff
And I just put in a new floor in last year

But back to the leak and the rotten sub floor and what to do about it?

The leak seems to be confined meaning it is a long rectangle about 4 in running

I pulled out the molding around the door and that wasn't wet. I looked under the RV but there some kind of black insulation and I imagine I would have to cut that to see how deep the leak is. For sure it's bad in the one spot around the door

I am SO bummed. I have sooo much to do, trying not to stress but this is bad



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Old 05-08-2014, 02:33 PM   #2
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I just felt the floor up to the oven cabinet wall and that feels fairly damp which means it could be under the cabinet floor where the drawer is. I did put bleach on the black mold.

Maybe people like me shouldn't own RVs
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there will be plenty of knowledge at the M&G. I think we might be able to pull of a bearing packing while there. To bad about the leak.
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:45 PM   #4
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Ok this is BADDDDDDDD

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Its just NOT the subfloor its the main structure that is damaged

I replaced the flooring last summer and saw the sub floor and did not see any sign of a leak.

We are not talking repair, we are talking rebuilt. At this point I don't know where the leak is coming from. Could be the frt corner? Or Window?

So since I do not know where its leaking I not sure what to do with it? Take it back to storage (after cleaning every square inch)?

However, it's looks like this is probably it.

I do not have the expertize or the money to remove the door, window and rebuilt structure, replace subfloor and on & on and on

At this point I have no idea.

You know what they say. You should always have a Plan B. I didn't


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So sorry to see that. Water is a trailer worst enemy.
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Thank you but what can be done??


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FIRST: Don't lose hope. ... I know, easier said than done.

I will throw out some guesses here but I am confident someone that knows more will come along and give better advice.

It looks like the worst is under the corner of the door and may extend a bit under the wall frame. It is possible that just a few feet of the wood frame that sits on top of the metal frame can be replaced. That would require removing part of the bottom siding under the door to cut out a short section of wood frame and replacing just that section. Hopefully someone here has some pictures to show it. It probably doesn't require a RV tech ($$$$) but a good handyman/woman.
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Thank you! I guess I am in shock. I just spend about 3 hours cleaning the inside and found it. Never expected it. And then to packing and moving at the same time. Really? I cried so hard. I thought I took really good care of her. She was always stored inside, maintained and cleaned inside, out and the roof every time I got her out of storage.

However, that's why when I discovered I posted here first thing. So Super knowledgeable and helpful people here.

Thank you again Gene, all we need is a little hope


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FIRST: Don't lose hope. ... I know, easier said than done.

I will throw out some guesses here but I am confident someone that knows more will come along and give better advice.

It looks like the worst is under the corner of the door and may extend a bit under the wall frame. It is possible that just a few feet of the wood frame that sits on top of the metal frame can be replaced. That would require removing part of the bottom siding under the door to cut out a short section of wood frame and replacing just that section. Hopefully someone here has some pictures to show it. It probably doesn't require a RV tech ($$$$) but a good handyman/woman.
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Hi Joan,

So sorry to see and hear about your floor issue. This is however very fixable which is the good part of this type of camper, it can be fixed with ordinary wood working tools and knowledge.

Now to the "who" to fix it. Do you have a friend or family member who has wood working tools and knows how to use them? There is some level of RV experience however it is more knowing what materials to use on the rebuild and how the camper put together.

If you have a wood working friend, we can help point them in the right direction. The looks of the decay of the floor supports point to this has been going on for some time and finally surfaced.

The rebuild will need to get all the rot out and find the source of the water intrusion. This can be tricky as the bad spot "might" be low spot and the collection site for where the water pools at. You mentioned roof, this might not be a roof problem.

There is hope, just have to find the right helper person. The cost of the raw materials is not that bad, the labor is the issue if it is hired at standard RV shop rates.

We can access this at the M & G. For temporary a piece of plywood etc over the spot so you do not step/fall in it would be a good idea.

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Thank you John

I now think the leak is in the corner and the low spot is by the door. I don't know how you fix that, pull the corner piece off? Would wall have to be replaced?

I do have some handyman friends/family but I do not know if they are THIS handy but I can check. The ones I spoke about this to all want me to get her fixed and get on the road as they know it what I really want. and I know I can get some help

You will look at the floor at the Rally? I wasn't sure if I should come but I was really looking forward to it. So I should come then?




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Hi Joan,

So sorry to see and hear about your floor issue. This is however very fixable which is the good part of this type of camper, it can be fixed with ordinary wood working tools and knowledge.

Now to the "who" to fix it. Do you have a friend or family member who has wood working tools and knows how to use them? There is some level of RV experience however it is more knowing what materials to use on the rebuild and how the camper put together.

If you have a wood working friend, we can help point them in the right direction. The looks of the decay of the floor supports point to this has been going on for some time and finally surfaced.

The rebuild will need to get all the rot out and find the source of the water intrusion. This can be tricky as the bad spot "might" be low spot and the collection site for where the water pools at. You mentioned roof, this might not be a roof problem.

There is hope, just have to find the right helper person. The cost of the raw materials is not that bad, the labor is the issue if it is hired at standard RV shop rates.

We can access this at the M & G. For temporary a piece of plywood etc over the spot so you do not step/fall in it would be a good idea.

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Joan, sent you a PM. Take a look

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as John said come on down and have fun. It was built once it can be built again. We can look and assess then. John has rebuilding experience. I myself have some. The problem is the miles in between.
If everything works out I may by coming a day early.
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Emme & I will be at the Rally and looking forward to it! Thanks for all your help in advance!
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