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Old 04-28-2024, 04:58 PM   #1
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Water damage repair

I had posted some questions in other areas because I unknowingly bought a 2012 wolf pup with a lot of water damage. With some help from a retired rv repair tech we began tearing in and rebuilding. As best we can figure the water made its way in through one of the water inlets. The seals up top looked decent and when we started tearing the back end up there was no water damage in the walls that we could see. We had to replace the entire back 3.5 feet of floor and joists.as they literally crumbled to pieces. As a first time repairer of rvs I was amazed at how cheaply built they are. I'll continue with updates as I progress but for now the entire back end is repaired and the roof is sealed tight with a new vent cap installed. Now we are on to replacing the frame and sill for the door as a small bit of digging g at what only looked like some dry rot led to a much bigger issue where the door will have to be removed to have it repaired right.
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Old 04-28-2024, 05:05 PM   #2
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Before I wrapped the underbelly back up I sprayed all the exposed pressure treated wood with bed liner spray. Used rigid pink insulation instead of fiberglass and made a small drain hole just in case water does get in there.
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Old 04-28-2024, 05:11 PM   #3
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Replaced all the corner trim cover and installed new corner trim on the back because whomever fixed it before used some kind of putty that made it impossible, even with a heat gun, to get the corner trim off without bending it badly. Surprisi guy all the roof seals looked good for a 2012. I just had to replace a vent cover that I broke because it was so brittle
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Old 04-28-2024, 05:39 PM   #4
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One of the biggest lessons learned so far is that once you see any water damage..... there is probably a ton of it.
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Old 04-28-2024, 06:06 PM   #5
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One of the biggest lessons learned so far is that once you see any water damage..... there is probably a ton of it.
Good job sticking with the repair.
Stick and tin trailers, like your Wolf Pup, are the cheapest made trailers. They are entry level RVs.
But the more expensive fiberglass sided aluminum frame trailers can get delamination in the siding, from water infiltration.
Repair for that is usually more expensive than repairs like yours.
Bottom line is that an owner has to be vigilant and stay on top of maintenance.
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Old 04-28-2024, 06:34 PM   #6
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I know now that if I ever buy a new one I will be diligent about maintenance.
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