Originally Posted by Mike Crouch
Hi! My 2006 FR Wildcat has just been diagnosed with a leak in the back section, causing the interior wall to deteriorate. $6K was the estimate to fix, but I have had two technicians tell me that it is not all that difficult to removal the rear wall and replace the wood frame, reseal, put it back together, etc. Versus $6K, it seems like a good try to me, but I am wondering if anyone out there has 1) done such a type of major repair and can give me any hints, and 2) are there any DIY type manuals that describe how to do this,
Any help or hints are appreciated,
Don't know if I can help or not, but am in the middle of
that job right now. Bought a 2001 Cherokee and wasn't
smart enough to check the right places. Left rear corner
and front are all rotted.
Found that the floor is 5/32" plywood and the structural
members are 1.5"x3" and 1"x1.5". A bit different than my
past experience, so had to mill down some 2x4s. Do you
have a way to get the proper size structural members?
As you can see, it IS possible to make the structural
repairs, but be ready for a fair amount of work! Also,
be prepared for surprises. With the corner support
rotted out, the left rear corner wall sagged about
1/2" and needed a jack stud to move it to the correct
position before the repair.
[Hope to be done by spring so I can use it for the FIRST
Good luck whichever way you choose to go. I am not
aware of any specific howto manual, but the web is full
of videos - think "youtube" - where folks are restoring RVs.
[example: ]Restoring The Deville Part 30 - YouTube