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Old 03-26-2012, 07:22 PM   #15
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Sorry to see that. We have a 2005 that I don't think has any rot yet, but then, maybe I haven't looked that closely!

We have experienced a couple of water leaks and as soon as they have appeared I have tried to immediately find and fix the cause - I don't think AS use marine plywood on newer trailers, but I do believe they use a type of plywood that requires a number of soakings before it will rot.

We have enjoyed our AS since we bought it four years ago - I might consider buying a new one, but I will never - EVER - buy a new one unless they replace that floor with some material impervious to rot! Other manufacturers now do.

All trailers leak, and the water will inevitably find its way down to the floor!

Why don't they do something about this built in problem????

Hope your fix isn't too costly - shouldn't be necessary on the Cadillac of trailers IMHO.

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Old 03-26-2012, 07:28 PM   #16
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I'm sorry to hear about your floor rot! I know you take care of it and I thought you had it in covered storage? Maybe it's an old problem but I hope you find where it's coming in from. Keep us posted on the progress.
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:53 PM   #17
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- Correct, our floorplan is the 25SS.
- Some photos of what is discovered could be interesting ... but I'll let TOP decide whether he wants to or not. I don't want to distract from his efforts.
- We purchased the unit 13 months ago and I noticed the spot when we purchsed it ... just never really thought it would be floor rot. Still hoping it turns out not to be floor rot and maybe just some bad subfloor that was originally installed (maybe wishful thinking????).
- The prior owner stored it in a barn. Since we have owned it we have had it in covered storage. So just seems peculiar that it could be floor rot ... but it also seems suspect that in that area underneath the unit ... where the step intersects the belly plan ... there is a section of missing weld (about 2 feet long) that looks like an opportunity for water to get in when traveling down the road in a rainstorm.
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:58 PM   #18
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Lance (TOP here on the Forums) is going to perform the service/repairs on our Airstream.

Good call.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:22 AM   #19
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- The prior owner stored it in a barn. Since we have owned it we have had it in covered storage. So just seems peculiar that it could be floor rot ...
Very peculiar to me also. How much damage would there be if this trailer had been stored outside uncovered. It is unbelievable to me that this trailer should have any damage from water infiltration.

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Old 03-27-2012, 12:29 PM   #20
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I'm wondering if it's an internal leak.
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:00 PM   #21
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I wonder if it was really kept in a barn as the PO stated. I would be wary after seeing this.
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:10 PM   #22
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That is a very strange place for a soft spot in the floor. From the pictures it appears that the area closest to the door is not soft and the small area is a few inches from the door itself. Could this be where two pieces of floor butt together and your ice pick was in the seam?
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:04 PM   #23
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Having dealt with several soft spots in our '85 Excella last summer, I would propose calling the folks at Rot Doctor in Seattle. Their epoxy products are extremely effective for reconstituting rotted OSB and they have different products for different scenarios. In my case, I used Rot doctor to harden several large areas and did not have to cut out the OSB. I think you might save a fortune by going this route. For the record, I have absolutely no affiliation to Rot Doctor. Cheers,
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Whoa! Don't want to hear this! Have a 2007 Bambi and floor rot is the last thing I would expect. Will give her a close inspection and follow this conversation. Thanks
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F & M - Just now found this post. I'm so very sorry ya'll are having to deal with that kind of problem on such a new trailer that was supposedly stored inside prior to you owning it. Please do keep posting to let us all know what is discovered and the "fix". Lance (Top) will certainly do ya'll right. And - he's just up the road from ya'll and not in Ohio!! $$$ saved. Good luck!!
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:54 PM   #26
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Having dealt with several soft spots in our '85 Excella last summer, I would propose calling the folks at Rot Doctor in Seattle. Their epoxy products are extremely effective for reconstituting rotted OSB and they have different products for different scenarios. In my case, I used Rot doctor to harden several large areas and did not have to cut out the OSB. I think you might save a fortune by going this route. For the record, I have absolutely no affiliation to Rot Doctor. Cheers,
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I have often wondered if you were to be replacing your subfloor with new plywood that it might be a good preventative measure to flow in the rot doctor resin to prevent future rot?

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Vinnie - That's what I'd be inclined to do. Yes, it's messy and more $$$, but the peace of mind would be worth all that

We only had a couple of rotten spots in our '71 plywood floor. After we patched them, we covered the floor, old and new sections, with penetrating epoxy.
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:02 PM   #28
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Update on the Floor Rot

Lance, of "Top's Texas Vintage Campers", is making great progress on diagnosing our floor issue.

Lance has confirmed there is indeed floor rot (identifed by the outlined area in the photo of the area that needs to be replaced). It appears that the seams of the step cut out were never sealed which allowed for water to come up through the step cut out.

We're glad and fortunate to have Lance just an hour up the road from us. There has been a very strong need for someone in the central Texas area that can work on Airsreams and we finally have that! I think this is his web site: texasvintagecampers.com
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