Well...I finally pulled out the sub floor in Tillie (84 Perris Pacer), some cussing and sore muscles!! Now I find there is more floor . This seems to be 1/4 plywood that has been glassed (resin and a tiny bit of fiber)to death. Parts of it are pretty enough, but parts are black (ewwwww). This is under the resin - question is........ do I try to pull that up also . I'd really like the answer to be - just add some resin, I'm scared!! To pull the rest up I would probably have to remove everything, cabinet, fridg etc.
Can anyone help??!!
Vickie, I concur with Raya.
I'm working on my '82 PP right now and have had to deal with some floor problems myself. Here's the deal:
The PP's shell completely seals the interior from the outside elements, top, bottom and sides. So if there are any leaks
of any kind from windows
or the top vent or anywhere else, this water eventually settles on, in and under the plywood subfloor with no way out. That's why the wood rots over time. So, no matter what, you gotta get rid of (or dry out) any and all wet wood you find in your trailer.
If your lucky enough to have furniture modules that are screwed in, it's best to remove them so you can get to the floor more easily.
But in my case, everything is 'glassed in, so this is what I'm doing.
I draw nice sharp rectangles around the damaged wood. Then carefully cut out all rotten wood with a properly set skilsaw and my new Multi-tool. I replace that cut out rectangle with new ply (at proper thickness) gluing it down with construction adhesive. I use clamps and heavy weights to get it flat.
When I get my "patches" secured, I'll putty any gaps, then coat it all with a quality two-part epoxy paint
. When dry, I'm gonna cover the ENTIRE floor with a fresh sheet of 1/4" of plywood, again using adhesive, plus short (5/8") screws into the original plywood below. This new sheet then will get another coat of the epoxy paint
, which hopefully should prevent any future water infiltration into the floor, and make a very clean surface for my new finish flooring.
Hope this helps.