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Old 08-20-2016, 07:04 AM   #1
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Trillium window wood, dry out or replace

First project to tackle, make her water tight!

I pulled the rear window to find a little bead of cheap clear caulking...geez

The interior wood backing is solid and damp. Should I whip out the hair dryer or cut some new wood? I noticed the screws came out pretty easy...too easy?

Was planning on adding a few #8 1" ss screws for added bite...stock is slightly smaller.


Btw, the factory guys must have been drunk while cutting out the window holes.
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Old 08-20-2016, 09:40 AM   #2
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I would replace the wood now you've gone this far.
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I removed and replaced all of our windows. Most of the lower pieces of wood were wet and only a few were starting to rot. I dried the wet pieces and replaced the rotten ones. The problem is that the original pieces are 7/8" plywood and for me, that was hard to find. I ended up using 1" plywood and that worked OK.
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I removed and replaced all of our windows. Most of the lower pieces of wood were wet and only a few were starting to rot. I dried the wet pieces and replaced the rotten ones. The problem is that the original pieces are 7/8" plywood and for me, that was hard to find. I ended up using 1" plywood and that worked OK.
I would go with solid wood strips instead of plywood as a replacement. Plywood has a tendency to delaminate when it is wet for any length of time.
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Nowadays you can get PVC lumber, it does not rot.
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Old 08-20-2016, 03:15 PM   #6
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First project to tackle, make her water tight!

Btw, the factory guys must have been drunk while cutting out the window holes.
They likely used a lot of minimally skilled laborers on such tasks to save cost.

The window and door cutouts on my Campster were very badly done. The doorway was cut out so oversized that only a few screws went into the shell.
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Sure... My left top corner has only a hair of space between the cut and screw hole
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Right, but most solid grain would warp if exposed to consistent water.
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Check out my solution. Works good and looks better than factory IMHO. The grey you see is hardwood mounted on top of the wall covering and stainless screws are screwed from out side. Had to go around the window several days in a row to tighten the screws until they finally squeezed the wall covering. ps I removed the old wood.
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Unfortunately I cannot expand the pic, but am assuming you made an outer frame? Not a bad idea...
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Probably does look more homey
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Try this , it might work. Fiberglass RV - Glen_'s Album: Restoring my trillium - Picture
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Look good!
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Butyl tape + FL heat = : (

Stuff is like melted bubblegum...sticky and saggy
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