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Old 02-20-2013, 07:13 AM   #15
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Thanks also to Barbie... What exactly did you treat with epoxy? The plywood subfloor? That might be an option... but I kind of have my heart set on a bamboo floor.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:17 PM   #16
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We had some soft spots to replace due to leaks and rotting and rear end issues. To protect from further water incursion, we treated the whole plywood subfloor with penetrating epoxy (epoxy thinned with xylene so that it soaks into the wood). Then we did a coat of epoxy with filler. If you add enough of the microbead filler, the epoxy can be sanded smooth and flat. Then we painted with aluthane. It was a fair amount of work to do, pretty stinky and with lots of time on hands and knees. We're really happy with it now that it's done, though.

We do also like the look of bamboo and we might do that later on. Meanwhile, we can easily spot any leaks since there is no flooring for water to seep under and hide.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:40 AM   #17
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Sounds like an option... not to sure about the xylene though... anyway... thanks for the info. Have a great day!
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:09 AM   #18
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The penetrating epoxy is a great product. It is offered by several different manufacturer's: Minwax, Elmer's (what I saw most recently in a HD shopping adventure), Rotfix, RotDoctor. It is easy to work with, very durable. It does stink so adequate ventilation is a must.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:21 AM   #19
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I think that it depends upon your motivation and how deep your pockets are ... it will not be easy or inexpensive... but far more challenging projects have been completed on here - few are ever done solo, however. So look here to build your network for advice and assistance.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:41 PM   #20
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Thanks much all!
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:15 PM   #21
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i agree. we have faith in you! you can do it!
The fourms helped us out almost every step of the way. that and a little help from dad (contractor). Read A LOT on the forums before attempting anything. you'll probably have to pull out bath, cabinets to repair floor first. do it right the first time and your trailer will last you the rest of your lifetime.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:38 AM   #22
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Thanks for having faith in me! It's going to be raining here for the next few days. So I'll be trying to organize my stuff (clothes, toiletries, tea - the stuff I can't live without) and taking pictures of the inside. I'll post soon.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:43 AM   #23
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Oooh rain! Perfect time to inspect for leaks and moisture. You CAN do this.
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:23 AM   #24
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Oh yes... something else I wanted to ask about. I'm not real keen on gas appliances (a phobia maybe?), so I plan on putting in all 110 appliances. I'm planning on replacing the water heater with a tankless unit that will run on 110. The AC works (at least for now) and so far I haven't needed it. With as few really cold days as we have here I think I'm good with a portable heater... small electric oil radiator type or ceramic will do fine. As far as the stove, I was planning on building a "rack" for a convection toaster oven and microwave and was planning on using a 2 burner hot plate for a cooktop. I could put it away when not in use. Comments? Ideas? Suggestions? Thanks, Dianne
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:10 AM   #25
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All electric would work well as long as you always had electricity or were willing to run a generator. Might find yourself wanting to boondock or without power for some unforeseen reason.

I was also afraid of the propane, and wouldn't use the stove or oven in our first RV. We camped differently then.

Now, we love the flexibility of the propane for the frig, hot water heater and burners when we are not connected to electric.

Might think carefully about boxing yourself in to just one kind of camping.


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Dianne,

Sorry about your loss and welcome to Airforums, it looks like you have found some great advice already. Best of luck on your project.

And a Tip O' The Hat to Kevin for the insightful list of the possible roads ahead. That type of been there done that got the receipts and scars knowledge is what makes this crazy gang and the trailers so special.

Nice job Kevin.

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If you decide to go all-electric, plan on upgrading from 30A service to 50A with lots of separate circuits. I personally wouldn't do it simply because it tanks the resale value IMHO.
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The propane gives so much more flexibility - and comfort, too. It's nice to have hot coffee in the morning even if you've parked somewhere without electrical hookups (like in most National Parks).
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