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Old 07-31-2016, 08:46 AM   #1
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StarRay water damage repair

Started dealing with my water damage on the back end. The marker lights were the problem. I also tore out the carpet while I was at it. Water heater had to come out so I can get at the rot low in the corner. We also removed the furnace due to mouse "goop" deep inside it. All the furnace ducts were thrown out. We cut and access panel in the bathroom vanity for better cleaning and replacing the ducts. What a mess! Today I start to rebuild the "framing" around the back window.
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Anyone know what these valves do? Or go?
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Anyone know what these valves do? Or go?
Those are your low point drains; one for hot and one for cold. You should be able to see a bit of pipe hanging down under the trailer for each one. You'll use them in the spring and fall when you de-winterize and winterize. And, any other time you need to drain the system.
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Started dealing with my water damage on the back end. The marker lights were the problem.
Hi,

You for sure have a "project" going. Your doing good! Thanks for sharing.

A question, as it is hard to see in your pics, you stated the marker lights are what caused all this, yes they can be a big source of water intrusion.

However, also check the corners of the camper. The pics "seemed" to look like rot started in the corners. The putty tape gets dried out, cracks and then water running off the roof beats down on the corners and can get in that way. Since you are doing so much work fixing this all up, just bringing this up you check your corner molding seals real good as they may need new fresh butyl sealing tap in the corners. If you take the corner screws out outside and rot goo or heavy rust on the screw threads are there, that is sign of potential a water entry area.

Keep up the good work and looking forward to the repaired pics.

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I did think those were drain valves. I did not see the ends coming out the bottom of the camper, but I will check again.
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Maybe you can see better in this pic. The water came from the lights and hit the horizontal framing for the window and then seeped to the corner. That being said. All my corners need to be cleaned up and recaulked (along with everything on the roof). I am in a constant battle with how far to take this. This was a free camper. I do want it to be operational this year. But I am not doing a full restore. As much as I want to pull the corner trim and siding and do it all the right way. I jus don't feel this camper is worth that much time. My plan is to get it fixed up enough to use for a few years at the most. I am confident that what I will fix will be fine for that long as long as I keep new water from coming in.
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Sorry for the turned pics. I don't understand why it does that. They are upright on my phone.
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OK I see it better now... Ouch...



I understand the "how far do I go" comment. Water infiltration is a very encompassing situation. Will it ever end....

Your doing a great job and nice repair work. Camping will be enjoyable once you get up and going and helps melt away all the "work" to get to that point.

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Started rebuilding the rot today. I got all the rotted ends cut off down to solid wood. With the use of a multi tool and a small blade I even cut the small amount of rot I found in the floor framing in the corner. I left a little bit of rot on the side. It will be filled with West System epoxy. Then I just started replacing piece by piece. Found these little corner braces work good. Much stronger than the 2 measly staples that were the fasteners.
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The rot where the water heater screws will go will get the epoxy.
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New framing is mostly done.
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Ready for plywood. Got two doses of epoxy in also.
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