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Old 06-24-2019, 07:04 AM   #1
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1985 Excella - Floor Rot

Did some investigating and found this under the window...assuming there is more around...

Am I able to just replace these sections or do I have to do the entire subfloor?Click image for larger version

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Old 06-24-2019, 07:33 AM   #2
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You can replace just those areas. Not to hard too do. Finding and fixing the leaks causing the rot might be harder.
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Old 06-24-2019, 08:40 AM   #3
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There should be posts on the subject. If the rot is localized I would cut out the rot and seal the area with a penetrating epoxy such as Rot Doctor, then scab in a piece of exterior plywood.
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Thanks! Any suggestions on chasing leaks? Got a little carried away chasing the rot around....
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:06 AM   #6
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1985 Excella - Floor Rot

The rot under the windows is fairly typical.

On my 72 the rot extended from under the refrigerator on the drivers side all the way round the front to the edge of the entry door.

Unfortunately the plywood extends under the edge of the perimeter of the trailer shell, which means that the wood is rotted there too.

It's not hard cutting the rotten sections out, and its not even hard to get the new sections of wood under the shell of the trailer except that you'll need to take the lower inner skins off to get the access you'll need to accomplish that. That means all of the fixtures and cabinets in the affected area have to come out.

It sounds awful, but it's not that bad once you set your mind on task and decide to see it through to completion.

Where were my leaks?

I'm not sure. BUT I replaced the seals around my windows and I calked the seams around the windows and that for all apparent results has stopped all water intrusion for approaching five years now.
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I too have a 1985 Excella with floor rot. I have not yet removed the hardwood floor to reveal the full extent of the rot. Instead, I have booked a service appointment with Can Am RV to seal the exterior, then I will start work on the floor.

Wishing you success with your repair.

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Some updates pics of the progress. Cabinets are coming out relatively easy, though with my need to be back on the road by late August, Im going to have to leave the bathroom alone for now...Click image for larger version

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Just remember that what seems like good wood can be deceptive. My floor rot extended far beyond the initial rotted area, as the plywood was only sound on the surface 1/16" of an inch or so.

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