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Old 05-15-2013, 07:21 PM   #1
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Lotsa water damage, now I'm scared

Started gutting my new 1969 Overlander LY today. I knew I had some issues in the rear bath with water damage, but after pulling out the front couch, I found lots of damage there. It appears someone tried to caulk one of the front curved windows so I'm wondering if this is my issue. Can, and if so how, the front windows be repaired or resealed? I did not want to remove the interior skin, but I'm thinking I may have to in order to check for leaks? I also did not want to pull the shell to replace the floor and check the frame, but I'm assuming I'll have to do that as well. Any suggestions, do I bite the bullet and tear it down?

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Old 05-15-2013, 08:25 PM   #2
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Hi Noco,

Do you have any photos? That would help a lot. How firm is the floor when you "stab" it with a flathead screwdriver?


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Old 05-15-2013, 09:00 PM   #3
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Someone gave me an excellent method for leak-finding: start with a running hose, on the wall where you have the leak. Start at the lowest point and blast what looks like a potential leak. Then check inside, if not that, then hit the next place up the wall, and continue til you find where the water gets in. You may want to wait a minute or two and do this slowly, to give water time to run through the wall to where it comes out inside. I had endless leaks, really weird places but sorted it out, after going only slightly crazy.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:19 PM   #4
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If the trailer is gutted, pulling the interior skin is not hard, not as hard as gutting IMO.

I was able to replace about 12' of floor along the left side of my trailer simply by cutting about 8" of the rotted plywood off and sticking a new patch under the wall flange in 4' sections. Chances are the ply will only be rotted near the walls, I found it unnecessary to replace entire sheets, and therefore unnecessary to crack open the shell.

I am sure some will disagree with this as being an incomplete fix, but I am sure that all in all, the repair is as good in practical terms as when the trailer left the factory.
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:56 PM   #5
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The best way to find goodies like a leak is to remove parts of the inside shell. Removing the inside skin is not as bad as it might seem. Don’t be intimated by this. It made me really nervous at first, now I would not even give it another though. It’s not structural at all. BUT if your floor is damaged or you have mice, you might want to tear down to the frame. Good luck.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:11 PM   #6
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