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Old 10-13-2018, 09:38 PM   #1
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A Frame rotten floor/wall

Hi everyone,
I have a Flagstaff T12RB A frame hard side camper;

I have discovered a have some rot in my floor. It is located under the bed frame. The previous owner added an exterior box in back. He secured it to the bumper and TRIED to secure it to the camper. Big mistake! He made two holes, water got in leaked down the wall. long story short, i had to remove all along the back wall (under the bed frame) and up one side (door side) from the back to the wheel well and 16" wide to ensure that i would be able to screw back onto the frame.After much debate and research, i used 5/8 PT plywood.
Pictures 1-4 are the past rot and repaired sections (4th being the repaired section).


Fast forward to last night and a massive down pour of rain. Checked on my caulking job and floor replacement. Everything is dry!
**Except a new leak!!
i have now discovered water is coming in around the screw holes for the spare tire and 3 of 5 lights.
Needed to see the extent of the damage, so fast forward to having to tear out all the wood paneling...more rot.
I will replace all the wood.
The wood around where the spare tire bolts entered has rotten, so I started to remove it all.
***Here comes the bad part
as i was cutting that center "beam" out (that held the spare tire bolts),it snapped back. It is under tension! Its the piece that two rods go into (or behind)?
what did I do and how do I fix it?

Pictures 5-9 are the current job.
5 and 6-the cut out of the panelling under the bed frame
7 and 8 - (sorry, their side ways) and the new rotted sections.
The “rods” are the white and black
9-where the white rod connects to the roof/wall
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:48 PM   #2
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Pictures and lots of them would help muchly...
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I edited my posted and pictures have been added
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so which picture shows the under tension part? I can't make it out if there is one.

Maybe the second last and last picture?

can't you just fasten the cut in two piece back together again? It appears that board is in good shape. Some Gorilla glue, some clamps and a good piece of wood should do it.
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so which picture shows the under tension part? I can't make it out if there is one.

Maybe the second last and last picture?

can't you just fasten the cut in two piece back together again? It appears that board is in good shape. Some Gorilla glue, some clamps and a good piece of wood should do it.
The piece I cut out has rot in it. But I will do something like that to repair
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:52 PM   #6
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The rods are springs that assist when lifting the roof. You will have the cut the bungee cords up on the roof and open both roof panels one at a time to 90 degrees so you can remove the spring on each side until you have the rear wall rebuilt. There are four springs, two front two rear, when you cut that support you let the bottom of the spring move into a more relaxed position. Here is a link to a video from a Chalet A frame torsion spring replacement which is similar and should help, may as well replace the springs while its apart, they are pretty cheap.

https://youtu.be/cbz6_-PxZ7Q
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The rods are springs that assist when lifting the roof. You will have the cut the bungee cords up on the roof and open both roof panels one at a time to 90 degrees so you can remove the spring on each side until you have the rear wall rebuilt. There are four springs, two front two rear, when you cut that support you let the bottom of the spring move into a more relaxed position. Here is a link to a video from a Chalet A frame torsion spring replacement which is similar and should help, may as well replace the springs while its apart, they are pretty cheap.

https://youtu.be/cbz6_-PxZ7Q

Thanks for the help!
I did manage to pull it back into place and repair the the ďbeamĒ
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Old 10-16-2018, 06:29 AM   #8
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I really enjoy this type of post. Here is a member who finds a problem, comes to the forum asking for help/advice, shows what he/she has accomplished, repairs the rig and life goes on. No blame or insults hurled at FR.
Thank you chaulkie91, great job, best wishes.
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