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Old 07-17-2019, 09:11 AM   #15
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Hi Joann,

Thanks for the pics. Now we can see what you are up against.

Seeing your pics, you have what we call major water damage. Odds are favorable the water damage is in the walls from the roof leak and then down under the floor. All the water that damaged the ceiling, ran to other places.

Where to start, I mentioned the moisture meter. The meter will help confirm the walls and the floor are also damaged and how much and better prepare you for what is about to come.

After using the meter you now have an idea of what is or is not water infected. If you decide to move forward with repairing the camper, I will suggest the way on how to do this to make the repair as complete and long lasting.

I would start by taking the roof off the camper first, with damage as bad as in your pics, odds are high the rafters are rotted and need replacing. These campers are built from the outside in. The cabinets are screwed in from the outside in of the camper. So to get cabinets out, the screws are buried up in the ceiling top down and some in the walls, again outside in. You may or may not need to take a cabinet down, but time will tell.

With the roof off, then the rafters can be evaluated and replaced. And you can also see the wall top sill plate. Odds are high the top wall sill plate is rotted out as well. In this process you will take down the falling pieces of ceiling from the inside. There may be places the ceiling is over a wall or cabinet. And at that point you need to evaluate the repair seeing how large the damage is to determine next steps.

Now to the walls. In many cases the wall board is semi intact and maybe even some of the ceiling. On wallboard and ceiling that is still intact, it can often be repaired easier from the outside in along with the wall studs, top plate and the floor is needed. Basically you are trying to save the wall board, and parts of the ceiling that are OK. And the wood studs in the walls and rafters that are rotted can all be fixed from the outside. Along with treating the good intact ceiling board and the wall board. Basically you will damage less usable items if you take the camper and fix it from the outside in. And the repair will be easier and better dealing with rotted wall studs etc.

The siding comes off starting at the bottom. The way the siding is attached, they installed the long sides of the camper first. Again starting at the bottom. There are folded over tabs of the side walls siding over the wood frame work. Then the front and end walls are installed over the top of the folded tabs of the side walls.

To take the siding off, start with the back or front which ever shows the worse top wall plate rot. Start at the bottom and take each piece of siding off as you work your way up the wall. Things like windows, tail lights etc all need to come out as you work you way up the wall. When the siding comes off, then you can see the wood damage. And keep going on the siding until you get to the roof line. If you find the wall corners are rotted out and the top wall plate, then that wall side needs to come off to repair it. If the rot is more then 1 to 2 feet down the wall length of the camper, odds are high the whole wall siding has to come off to repair it. If only the corner is gone, you can leave the siding on the entire wall and just open up about 2 feet down the side.

You can also access the floor and what it's needs are.

I know this may sound like way more than you wanted to do. We are trying to explain what is needed to remove the rot and repair it. Those post links I showed you describe a lit of the "how to" take things apart.

Once you get into the repair, creating an all new post on the repair in the "Repairs and Maintenance" forum is a good idea to keep it all together and it helps others in the future when they have to go through this.

Hope this helps


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