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Old 05-10-2021, 07:28 PM   #1
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2004 palomino thoroughbred 21-fb

I acquired a 2004 palomino Thoroughbred 21- FB. Anyway I started ripping the floor up because the floor is rotted out due to a leak before the previous owner fixed the roof a few years back. The floor is not that much of an issue and fix that. But my concern is the walls are rotted out around the bottom of the camper I have a few pictures I will post. And of course it is delaminating on the outside at the bottom due to the rotten walls. It is the lightweight camper that has the sandwich walls and sandwich floor. I really want to save this camper but not sure that I can, I'm really afraid that it will fall apart pulling it down the road I pulled it home with no problems but I never went over 55. It looks solid and feel solid until you get to looking around the bottom of the walls any advice would be wonderful thanks in advance. Sincerely Jason Madden
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Old 05-11-2021, 07:40 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. Looking at the pics it will take a major re-skin/re-build to make that rig whole again. You will spend may more then it is worth in time and money trying to restore. You may be better off removing the body and converting it into a utility trailer. JMHO
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Old 05-11-2021, 08:56 AM   #3
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Yeah that’s what I was afraid of. Not really a way to make it safe to pull down the road without spending a ton of money
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Old 05-13-2021, 11:18 PM   #4
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Ok so here we are, I'm brain storming and I seriously think I can do this on a budget, I'm going to use the pmf to recover the side once I get it all glued back. I used pmf to build a new pop up camper roof a few years back and it has held up wonderfully.
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Old 05-14-2021, 01:30 PM   #5
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Ok so here we are, I'm brain storming and I seriously think I can do this on a budget, I'm going to use the pmf to recover the side once I get it all glued back. I used pmf to build a new pop up camper roof a few years back and it has held up wonderfully.
I'm not familiar with PMF. Could you tell us more about it, or post a link?
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Old 05-14-2021, 02:23 PM   #6
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Wood Prices Through The Roof

With the prices of wood and most any other building material going through the roof, that may be another reason to reconsider putting a lot of time (and certainly money) into that rig. JMHO
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Old 05-14-2021, 05:01 PM   #7
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Having repaired my first TT that had water trapped under the floor that rotted out the main beam. In at least 3 places the floor was so weak that the couch legs went through the floor, rotted bathroom floor and stepping out of bed you almost went through the floor. It was the worst experience in never ending adjustments and fixes. That trailer too me is beyond worth fixing viewing the walls and exterior.
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Old 05-14-2021, 08:37 PM   #8
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Pmf stands for "poor man's fiberglass" it basically taken from when boats where built before fiberglass was really a thing, the would wrap the wood In canvas and paint it and years and years would go buy and it would still be solid and the wood beneath the panted canvas would still be flawless. Anyway so what I done is Took Tite bond 2 wood glue and mixed it 3 parts glue and 1 part water and soaked my canvas in it and wrapped my fresh wood roof with it, and the painted it with rubberized roof paint, and it is solid as a rock.
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Old 05-14-2021, 08:42 PM   #9
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I agree with you, but all this is made out of is styrofoam with luan glued to each side I can get all the materials to really do every wall for less than 600 but it's the work that I'm dreading. I'm probably going to attempt it and just see what happens, that is my cure for depression is I take on some crazy stupid projects. I know people think I'm stupid but it helps with my issues, I just need advice along the way lol
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I'm probably going to attempt it and just see what happens, that is my cure for depression is I take on some crazy stupid projects. I know people think I'm stupid but it helps with my issues.

I will not discourage you to try. You know what you are facing, but just the same you want to try. Life is full of new experiences and challenges and you will learn a lot and gain pride in building something that many others would not try or have given up on. Best of luck. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 05-15-2021, 08:02 AM   #11
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Thank you, and I appreciate the advice. I may not be able to do it but I'm gonna give it a shot lol
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Old 05-15-2021, 09:36 PM   #12
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Ok y'all, went to the home Depot and got a few things. Got some 1 inch foam board that is significantly much stronger that the basic styrofoam that was originally in the wall, and got some underlayment for the walls, and some Tite bond 2 wood glue (miracle glue) and some foam glue. Got a lot of overtime coming up next week so I probably won't get to work on it for a week or two
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Old 05-24-2021, 09:49 PM   #13
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I'm making a little progress. Slowly, very slowly , but surely
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Old 06-01-2021, 07:23 PM   #14
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Well the outside is now complete. Working on the inside now. New subfloor,wall panel , painting walls and cabinets. Then comes the hardwood flooring
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