Post by mrssilvermountan on Jul 1, 2014 8:37:22 GMT -8
A generous friend gave us this trailer for free. We were able to tow it home no problem which was a bonus. there is extensive water damage. Im not sure where to start. Should I tear out the cupboards and then ceiling? Or do I start with the skin? Theres leaks along the edges and then around any vent in the ceiling. Heres the videos so you can see what I am working with.
I don't have the time to view your videos right now because I am packing for a trip. However I can tell you that you have already started in the right place by coming here. That being said, before you do anything at all, I would suggest that you go through this forum for a couple of weeks reading everything you possibly can about the repair and restoral of a travel trailer.
Then come back and ask questions...
Welcome to the assylum!
God grant me the strength to restore the trailers I can, The courage to strip the parts off the ones I can't, And the wisdom to know the difference...
Post by mrssilvermountan on Jul 1, 2014 16:43:34 GMT -8
Thank you for the tips! I have been watching every video I can and reading up for about a month before we got this trailer. I will keep reading. I have started the clean up process of the trailer and repaired a broken step so far.
Personally my advice would be to peel it open from the outside in. Removing roof and skins can sound like a daunting task, and believe me, it isn't for the light-hearted. But it does introduce ou to the innerds...the skeleton...the structure that holds it all together. When you can see this it makes a lot of things make sense, Tackling outside-in is a long involved process, but it definitely will help prepare you for the nest one too......!
Post by John Palmer on Jul 1, 2014 19:44:09 GMT -8
Your trailer was originally built from the "inside out", you need to begin the major repairs "in the reverse order". The roof, front, and rear skins come off first, then the side skins come off after all the windows are removed. The trailer needs to be "leveled on stands" in both directions before you remove anything.
I'll bet "your friend" does not visit you very often during the next 6 to 12 months during the major rebuild. LOL
Post by mrssilvermountan on Jul 5, 2014 7:59:06 GMT -8
Thanks all for the tips!
I started by pulling the interior where the water damage was to just to peek. For onceI love the Arizona heat because under the damaged paneling was nice solid studs and wood. I only need to replace the header over the doors! Woo Hoo!
So now that I know that, I also determined the leaking is only coming from the seams and windows. I think that I will pull all the seams, windows and vents butyl tape and weather proof anything that needs that and then get to painting the outside. Once the outside is done I'll move inside. This is mainly because I don't want to subject my neighbors to the eye sore that is this trailer much longer than needed!
The only way to know what kind of damage, such as rot, from the leaks is to pull the skins. Whenever there is a leak, that water has taken the easiest path down so there may be damage that you can't see. Check the bottom four corners.
Great advice from everyone, so we'll just add our bit. All that stuff you tore out? Don't throw ANYTHING away until you have made repairs, you may throw out something you will need. Not that we would know this from experience.
Post by mrssilvermountan on Jul 6, 2014 15:34:00 GMT -8
No worries I have saved everything, even the rusty screws from the skin. I have pulled up portions of the skin today around where the most noticeable leaks are and the wood is discolored but not rotted. Its very sturdy, as much so as an undamaged piece. Does it still need to be replaced due to the discoloration?