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Old 05-03-2021, 12:50 PM   #1
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Rotten floor question

So it looks like the floor in my 2007 19 is rotting out near the door and under the dinette. I pulled up the vinyl floor and it looks like it is in definite need of replacement.
Has anyone used Airstream for this repair? Thoughts/Experiences?
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Old 05-03-2021, 01:46 PM   #2
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I had a soft spot in the front center of my AS. I took it to Jackson Center to have it repaired. I had already removed the furniture and pulled back the vinyl flooring for about the front 25%. It looked to be stained in multiple areas but solid, except for the soft spot. I asked them about replacing the flooring and the tech said they would only do a "shell off" flooring replacement. At $120/hour I figured it wasn't worth it.

I have seen on the forum here where people have replaced the vinyl, even added carpet, in the walk areas. I have not attempted it.

After repairing the soft spot the tech bleached out the vinyl and it looked very good when he finished. If you have soft spots I would say to have them repaired, bleach the vinyl and make sure you have the leaks fixed.
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This is probably the most common and annoying problems with all airstream trailers.

The good news is there are tons and tons of posts on this forum detailing different methods of replacing this section of the floor.

Search the forms using the term rotten floor, or browse the floor replacement subforum here, there are lots and lots of posts

You can replace the section of the floor without having to do a shell off restoration. You will have to determine whether or not you want to replace the floor with more plywood, which will rot out again in about 10 years, or to use more expensive composite material like Coosa board which will basically last forever.
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Old 05-04-2021, 01:32 PM   #4
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Depends how deep the rot goes. If it goes all the way through, you may need to replace it. However, if it is only partially soft, you can let it dry and chisel out the soft stuff. Then apply a wood epoxy sealer to coat what's left and then fill the gaps with a wood epoxy filler.
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Old 05-04-2021, 01:34 PM   #5
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If it is something you can't do yourself, I suggest contacting Vinnie's North Bay Airstream Repair (http://www.vinniesairstream.com/). Vinnie does excellent work.

He can also find the leaks that have caused the problem. Replacement plywood will last if it is not allowed to be repeatedly wet and dry.

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Per earlier good suggestions . . . some search results to check out leading only to posts here on AF:

Rotten plywood floor: https://www.google.com/search?q=rott...=airforums.com
WEST epoxy: https://www.google.com/search?q=WEST...=airforums.com

Threads:
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f36...xy-108608.html
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f44...fb-199869.html
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f46...er-212832.html

Floor repair forum: https://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/

PS -- Good short recent "small hole in subfloor" thread:
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f36...or-221144.html

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If it is something you can't do yourself, I suggest contacting Vinnie's North Bay Airstream Repair (http://www.vinniesairstream.com/). Vinnie does excellent work.

He can also find the leaks that have caused the problem. Replacement plywood will last if it is not allowed to be repeatedly wet and dry.

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X2, Vinnie is great. If you do want to try the work yourself, check out this thread. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of the work when I met Vinnie for the first time. https://www.airforums.com/forums/f39...ml#post1262866 - Brad
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Had the same experience with my 2006. Water was leaking out of the fresh water fill connection on the inside under the street side dinette seat and going under the flooring unnoticed. C & G did the repair (they are no longer in business). They removed both seats, peeled back the flooring and replaced all the rotted plywood. Repair is solid to this day. I would recommend Vinnie as well, have only heard positive things about his work. Best of luck!
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So it looks like the floor in my 2007 19’ is rotting out near the door and under the dinette. I pulled up the vinyl floor and it looks like it is in definite need of replacement.
Has anyone used Airstream for this repair? Thoughts/Experiences?
Welcome to the forum. Are you catching this good advice, almost a week later?

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