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Old 12-28-2013, 01:58 PM   #1
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Spot Sub-floor Repair Question

Found a small(5"x8") soft spot in the sub-floor just forward of the door on my 2009 Flying Cloud. The interior wall on this trailer is the shiny aluminum. Have cut back to sound wood and the replacement patch lands on outrigger frames(I think they are called) so I have good support for the repair front and back. My problem is that I cannot get the patch under the interior wall and into the u shaped channel because the interior wall was "sprung" into place in it's installation which is preventing me from slipping a piece into the channel. I could remove the aluminum trim extrusion around the door and drill out lower rivets on the wall panel to pull it out some to then hopefully slip the patch into the channel. But, there is an electrical outlet and the main "store" switch which I suspect will not have enough slack in the wires to allow me to accomplish the objective. Not sure what other barriers I might run into.

So, can I stop the patch at the wall panel since it can otherwise be secured very well on a small patch like this without compromising the integrity of the repair? Thoughts and any advice will be appreciated.
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Bumping this post. Know there is plenty of expertise out there. This.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:32 PM   #3
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:48 AM   #4
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Bump.

Thoughts anyone who has done sub-floor replacement and has a feel for this situation??

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Last try. Bump.
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:23 AM   #6
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Make the patch a little bigger….deeper to the center of the floor. That will give you a a section which you can bump into position. Don't forget to Vulkem it all well.
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Make the patch a little bigger….deeper to the center of the floor. That will give you a a section which you can bump into position. Don't forget to Vulkem it all well.
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also, bond (glue) patched section to existing good floor. But that's just how I would do it. I would use some thin epoxy from a boat supply which will flow to level with floor and absorb into wood. The seam where the pieces meet can be sealed up from below with duct tape then place the wood patch in carefully.

That way any epoxy that drips through should be caught and fill the seams.
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Thanks folks. Will do.
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Where did the water come from? Unless you solve that, it will probably happen again. I'm not sure of your floorplan, but the brackets for the awning are leakers. The brackets are right next to the door and our subfloor had a water stain running from behind the bracket. It didn't rot, so I just used an exterior polyurethane on the subfloor to protect the floor. Then I sealed the brackets all around and underneath. Water can come from windows, brackets, other skin penetrations or interior plumbing—got to check it all.

Next time you get a small soft spot, you can use an epoxy that absorbs into the wood and strengthens and seals it. No need to cut out small sections that have softened.

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