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Old 09-06-2014, 09:56 PM   #1
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Sub floor repair help.

I have a 2000 gulfstream class A MH. I hope I am not in too deep. Has anyone else got into this sort of mess? Any tips, hints, ideas (short of light it on fire and take the insurance claim) are appreciated.

So it appears there was a leak that originated from the stove exhaust vent. This was a failure at the factory. Click image for larger version

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Notice how the left side if the vent has no wood where the center screw would be and next to mouthing at the top left corner screw.
There is delamination on the side wall emanating from the vent down and out. I added in some luan around the area (2-3" strips) around the vent area. Used Gorilla glue and clamps.

Now for the really ugly part.
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I already removed the dining table and jack knife couch. I'm guessing I'm gonna have to pull out the sink/stove & fridge. All of the sub flooring underneath will need to be replaced. I'm planning on pulling windows and revealing everything. I'm hoping once all the bad flooring is removed I will give it a couple of good rain storms and maybe a sprinkler on the roof for a week end to make sure I fixed all the leaks and then I'll replace the sub floor and use some West epoxy on the side walls.


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Old 09-06-2014, 10:35 PM   #2
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I have a 2000 gulfstream class A MH. I hope I am not in too deep. Has anyone else got into this sort of mess? Any tips, hints, ideas (short of light it on fire and take the insurance claim) are appreciated.

So it appears there was a leak that originated from the stove exhaust vent. This was a failure at the factory. Attachment 62247
Notice how the left side if the vent has no wood where the center screw would be and next to mouthing at the top left corner screw.
There is delamination on the side wall emanating from the vent down and out. I added in some luan around the area (2-3" strips) around the vent area. Used Gorilla glue and clamps.

Now for the really ugly part.
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I already removed the dining table and jack knife couch. I'm guessing I'm gonna have to pull out the sink/stove & fridge. All of the sub flooring underneath will need to be replaced. I'm planning on pulling windows and revealing everything. I'm hoping once all the bad flooring is removed I will give it a couple of good rain storms and maybe a sprinkler on the roof for a week end to make sure I fixed all the leaks and then I'll replace the sub floor and use some West epoxy on the side walls.


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I think your repair plan is solid (no pun intended), just need to make sure the edges of your OSB board insert occupy 1/2 the width of all sub floor stiffeners, just like home construction.
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I think your repair plan is solid (no pun intended), just need to make sure the edges of your OSB board insert occupy 1/2 the width of all sub floor stiffeners, just like home construction.
One more note, the enclosed photo showing the horrible cutout for the vent indicates a seal all the way around. The luan inside and outside is not rotted, I'm thinking this isn't the source of the leak.
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By the looks of the interior water damage, you'd almost think something with the sink water lines or drain was leaking. Kind of surrounds that area.
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The only thing with the sink is the MH was not used last summer. Has not been used this year either. The tanks have all been empty and the sub floor was still wet.
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You have a good handle on the job.

As you are discovering, the entire unit is constructed on the subfloor and vinyl. This means that in order to repair it, you must remove all inside cabinets and anything that rests on the floor. You will want to pay particular attention to the wall on that side as water can wick up the wall as well. You will also need to make sure you get new plywood under the outside wall to give it proper support.

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Any ideas on how to get the wood under the side wall?? On the driver side there is a steel lip/channel that comes in about 4" from the side wall. I was looking at that issue and trying to figure out just how to accomplish that.
Had I realized the extent of the damage I don't think I would have bought it.
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On most motorhomes, the wall does not sit on the floor like the typical travel trailer. The wall is bolted / screwed to the side of the floor and framing, usually above the lower cargo doors where you see that trim running the length of the motorhome. This is the case with Forester, Sunseeker, Georgetown, Berkshire and our previous Tiffin class A. There is a thread on the bolts shearing on the forum somewhere, and you'd be able to see the floor pulled up in one. Either way, you can remove that floor without affecting the wall. Of course the water still could've damaged the wall some.
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Ok, so I spent most of today working on ripping out the sink and cabinet. There are a lot of wires running through the cabinet area. Not sure if I should cut and splice or if I should try to trace them and disconnect and pull them back and then try to fish them back through (obviously I would tie off a line to make fishing them back easier.)

I did spend some time crawling around underneath and have developed a plan for floor replacement using several existing steel cross members and beams. Gulfstream used 5/8" "structure" board (OSB). Not sure if I should use OSB or pressure treated. I had someone today recommend marine grade plywood.

I am still perplexed as to trying to get the flooring under the wall. I did get the stove vent blocked up properly where all the screws are biting into wood. Lined the back side with butyl tape and then siliconed around the top and sides. Left the bottom open. Gonna be 2-3 weekends before I can work on it again. So there's plenty of time for rain and to make sure I truly did stop the water leak.


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Can you post a pict of the outside wall at floor height? Then maybe it will be apparent if the wall is continuous or the floor.


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