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Replacing Rotted Wood in your RV

Finding rotted wood in the RV has really slowed me down on my plans for renovating it.  However, I did find out there isn’t a currently leak in the RV, which is awesome!!  I just need to replace the rotted wood before I can move forward with my renovation.

In my last post about renovating the RV I was sharing some of the stuff I have removed from the RV and how I stopped once I found all of the rotted wood.  After some rain and learning the RV isn’t currently leaking I decided to get back to work.  I still had to take out this night stand

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and this closet to finish up my demolish work.

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Taking out the night stand wasn’t too hard once I figure out how it came apart.  Remember I am trying to take everything apart carefully to save as much of the wood as possible.  I do still have this one piece of wood that is screwed into the wall from the outside to remove.

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Once I started taking the closet out I found some previous damage that had been patched.  Since this wall is going to be exposed I decided that I wanted to repair it better than how the previous owners had repaired it.

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Originally my plan was to take down the wall to the right side and replace it with new wood, but leave the wood for the wall to the left up.  However, after taking off the trim I decided I am going to leave the wood up that is currently there and I am going to put new wood over the whole wall to give it an extra layer of insulation.

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The next repair I have to complete is the wood below this storage door.  As you can see it is completely rotted.

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I am planning to cut out the rotted wood and replace it with new piece of wood.  Also since I am not going to be using this storage door so I am going to figure out how to seal it off so that it is tightly closed and sealed.  Hopefully then there won’t be any issues with it leaking in the future.  We are pretty sure this storage door has previously had issues with leaking.

The final repair I have to make is the floor.  In front of the storage door and in front of what use to be the closet and below a window are some soft places in the wood.  I have debated back and forth on how I wanted to repair this.  Originally I wanted to peal the flooring back and take up the old wood.   The person we purchased the RV from had repaired the floor by laying new plywood down on top of what is already there.  However, after taking out the nightstand and the closet the plywood he had down won’t quiet work and I would prefer it to be one solid piece.  So I have decided I am going to put down new plywood over the existing flooring.  Where all the plywood will be is going to be a bedroom so making it look nice will be relatively easy.

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So lets see what all repairs I have to make:

  1. New wood for wall.
  2. New wood for wood under the storage door.
  3. New plywood for floor.

I am hoping to use as much of the wood that I currently have on hand as possible to make these repairs.  Then I will be ready to remove the staples in the walls, patch the walls and prime the walls.

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