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Old 03-24-2017, 06:51 PM   #1
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Floor Rot Question

Looked at a 1993 Excella 29 today. Very nice in all respects except I found floor rot inside entry door. Approx. 2' x 4" in size.

Would this require an entire floor replacement or can a piece of flooring be inserted in the area cut out area?

If it needs entire floor (and I found no other areas that appeared ever wet, some spots I could not get to) - how much $$ would it take to have it entirely replaced?

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That is OSB it gets wet and rots fast . Get yourself a Moisture meter and check all around the perimeter Onin is a good one they are on amazon it has a pair of probes you can stick into the carpet . look inside all the outside hatches . All Airstreams leak somewhere in time.
PS you can patch it .
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You can bank on about 4K for total floor replacement from JC...
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:26 PM   #4
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Patch it. When I did our Argosy I built in a drain to drop any moisture into the belly pan where it can drain out. I did do my best to stop the leaking. Put the drains in just in case.
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Who/where is the JC company?
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Who/where is the JC company?
Jackson Center. I.e. Airstream, Inc. The factory. The mothership.


If it's just that area, you can patch it. Not worth a total floor replacement if that's the only bad spot.
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You received excellent advice here. Test with a moisture reading around the whole perimeter. Patch with a large enough piece to catch beam supports and use marine ply when you do.
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And to restate the obvious... be sure to test all the seams, joints, seals around that area of the trailer to ensure the water source has been eliminated. It is easy to find the rot but detecting the leak source can be a lot harder.
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Found five more spongy and or rot through in another visit this morning. Rear corners under twin beds, front corners, entry door and inside rear hatches. Man oh man! May be at a whole floor replacement at this point!
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I'm sure you thought about this but it's a 24yr old unit. If the floor has rot, how is in the old school insulation, window gasketing and wiring? Axles are easy, the rest is harder. Do you have the time and experience to make these repairs? If you yank the floor, you will want to deal with the old cabinets, then upgrade older wiring and while you are at it, deal with the older appliances. Just the way it works.
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