Whether you buy your RV new or used, a time will come when you will need to repair or replace your RV flooring. It’s part of the package. Sometimes this is necessitated by rot in the floor while at times it might just be a matter of choice as you will want to upgrade your RV flooring. In this article, we will look at some RV floor repair tips that will make it easier for you to spot and repair rot on your floor.
RV Floor Repair Tips
Repairing your RV flooring isn’t as daunting a task as it may seem. It is actually a fun DIY project that will save you a considerable amount of money in labor. So how do you go about it?
1. Assess the Damage
The most common cause of rot in the flooring of your RV is water. This is why it is important for you to keep a sharp eye on those parts of your floor (and walls) that are in contact with the plumbing. Look out for stains, dark colored wood, bumps, and delamination of fiberglass or vinyl.
Once your inspection shows evidence of rot, it’s important for you to ascertain the extent of the damage, and the best way to do this is to peel off the vinyl and trace the rot. If the area affected is small, you are in luck, your job will be easier, if not, well just brace yourself for a little more work.
2. Remove the Rotted Portion
Removing the damaged flooring on your RV is not a difficult task. First of all, remove all fittings in the area of the floor in question, and then cut out the floor. Sometimes it’s so bad you can just pull it off with your hands. But to have a nice, easy to work with area, you will need to cut out the edges. Make sure to remove the insulation in the affected area as well.
3. Allow the Wood Framing to Dry
Most of the times, the wood framing will survive the rot, especially if you catch the rot in its early stages. If the framing is still usable, allow it to dry for about a week. Once it is dry, apply a product that kills mold (antifreeze works well). You can then seal the surviving wood with a resin to protect it from damage in the future.
4. Prepare a New Base
In many instances, when you remove a floor, you will be forced to remove some of the wooden supports as well, leaving a gaping hole. And in most cases, it is difficult to connect the new cross supports directly to the old supports and this will call for a bit of simple ingenuity. You can simply use cutouts and a simple notching technique to create a sturdy support for your sub-floor. Once this is out of the way, install new insulation to replace the damaged one.
5. Fit in the New Flooring
Once you have dealt with the sub-floor, you can then put in your new floor. Make sure to get your measurements as close to the gaping hole in your floor as possible so as to reduce the gaps around the edges. But, sadly, you will still have gaps. You can deal with them by either using quarter round molding and your floor will nearly be as good as new.
6. Add the Finishing Touches
The easiest part of the job is the last part – adding some nice finishing touches. If the area permits, this is the perfect opportunity to brighten up your RV with a nice rug.
7. Avoid Future Damage
One last thing you need to do before closing the chapter on your RV floor repair endeavor is to make sure there will be no repeat episodes. This simply means you need to know the cause of the rot and deal with it as efficiently as you can. Be sure to make sure that all your plumbing is intact and take extra precautions to avoid spills of any kind.
RV Floor Repair Tips – When in Doubt
Let’s face it. Not all of us are good at DIY projects. If you are such a one and you doubt your abilities and capabilities, it’s best you either ask a fellow RVer to walk you through the process or better yet, get professional assistance. After all, your RV is a major investment and it deserves only the best care.
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