I'll add mine to this list. I was thinking I'd eventually replace my door, but then saw the prices, at least on Camper World...over $500! Not surprising, but man.
My door finally hit the point that I couldn't ignore it anymore. Late last fall
, the skin on the inside and outside started coming out of the aluminum framing, and things really didn't seem right on the bottom 1/4 of the door.
We've had a really mild winter, so I decided I'd better get after it now. Projects like this don't get done when I'm in it in the summer.
I pulled the door, and found what probably anyone else with a few decades old Bigfoot will find: completely rotted wood.
Pretty nice, huh? I sent the photo to a friend and he asked if there had been a fire!
Here's what my door was looking like when I decided I couldn't ignore it anymore
Yes, it had to get this bad before I decided to do anything about it...I really was planning to replace the door at some point, so I let it go.
Much better. It's no wonder I was having problems. There was nothing left of the bottom half! Not the best photo, but the old framing is on the right, my new framing on the left.
No more gap in the bottom, everything is nice and tight.
A new door would have been nice, but other than costing $500 more (this project cost me $32), it would have been off-color and wouldn't have my admittedly fading, crappy decals. $550 or so and wouldn't even match. It's also annoying, though, to have done all this work and the door doesn't look
any better. It's just no longer falling apart. But, good enough! $32, a few hours work, and done.
There were a few upgrades I should have done while I had it apart, like some reinforcement here and there, a newer latch and a deadbolt, and better insulation, but none of that is really necessary, I'm low on money, and all this time it's winter and my camper is out in the back alley and there's no door on it!