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Old 03-29-2016, 11:55 AM   #1
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Soft Spot Reveal Rotten Wood - Now What?

We had the leak that was coming from under the door repaired and now we have to fix the floor. I peeled back the vinyl this morning and dug out some of the rotten wood and I've got quite a 'hole'. Neither one of us are 'handy'. I sincerely appreciate whatever experience / advice you may have. We want to do this on a budget because eventually we want to replace the entire vinyl floor. H E L P!
We are in Pensacola, Florida - if anyone is in the area and can lend a hand, we'd be willing to pay you . THANK YOU ALL!
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Old 03-29-2016, 12:20 PM   #2
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That's a common problem area that can be patched fairly easily (cut out the bad and splice in new). Of the course the main problem needs to addressed to - the leak. There are lots of airstreamers in your neck of the woods who can probably help.

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Old 04-03-2016, 09:28 AM   #3
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Just starting renovation

I just bought a gutted 31' Sovereign '71 model. Subfloor has the same rotted problems at door and in rear bath area. With so much to do I would like suggestions as what to do first. Prepare wall and paint, fix the subfloor and or replace all water tanks. Thanks beforehand for your help.
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Old 04-03-2016, 03:32 PM   #4
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The floor repair may need the interior skins removed. Sprucing things up is good but not falling thru the floor is best😳😄
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Old 04-03-2016, 03:42 PM   #5
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Any decent carpenter can replace the rotten section. It seems to be away from the wall, which is good.

Foley Airstream over in Gulfport has a pretty good reputation if you would prefer to use a dealer.

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Old 04-04-2016, 10:55 AM   #6
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Looks like you have done much of the hard part. Having had a similar issue, though our leak was from the sink area, replace with marine grade plywood.
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:55 AM   #7
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If you've fixed the leak I'd recommend figuring out where the frame supports are in relation to the hole. Then cut away the bad wood, take an extra 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the perpendicular side and cut to the midpoint of the frame support. Cut a new piece to fit the hole drill and secure with fasteners at least two on each frame support. You can then lay a bead of clear bath caulk over the entire perimeter to seal it, relay the flooring.

Again don't do anything until you've found and corrected the leak.

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Old 04-04-2016, 12:15 PM   #8
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Any decent carpenter can replace the rotten section. It seems to be away from the wall, which is good.

Foley Airstream over in Gulfport has a pretty good reputation if you would prefer to use a dealer.

Try "Countryman RV and Marine repair" in Foley, Alabama. They have excellent techs, their rate are fair, and they're honest people. They have worked with my last 3 Airstreams whenever I find something I can't do myself...
They're located about 15 miles west of Pensacola...

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I had a similar problem on my 1984 Excel or airstream floor in the bath area also a small spot in the living area. Some people call it the $40 fix. I treat the wood that is not totally rotten, with a mixture of hundred percent antifreeze 2 parts, liquefied borax one part and liquefied boric acid one part, this will kill the wood rot and any mold our bugs within it if any. I placed in the sprayer and liberally spread sprayed affected areas allow a couple of days to dry. Then use a scab supply wood and penetrative epoxy to seal the area. Then I use floor leveling to help with flooring bumps. I used vinyl Allure planks around the toilet.
This work great for me and it's a cheap repair if it works for you like it did me.

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