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Old 07-24-2021, 09:01 AM   #1
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Door full of water

Y’all. Oh my gosh. Took the door off my new-to-me 1977. Turned it upside down and a half gallon of water poured out. Planning on resetting window anyway. Will this solve the problem?
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Old 07-24-2021, 09:55 AM   #2
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Not if its warped, or if the wood inside is rotted. While I would not do a few things the same way as "gquinton" did, his/her/their info is worth reading:

https://eggscamper.blogspot.com/2017...mper-door.html
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Rather than replacing the wood sandwiched inside the door, why not consider a spray-in, low expansion, foam? Heck, that wood may have been liquefied enough to come out of a slot in the bottom.
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...why not consider a spray-in, low expansion, foam? ....
Strength.
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Old 07-24-2021, 11:00 AM   #5
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If the foam fills the cavity it will be plenty strong.
If the foam thing was tried after getting the rotten OSB flushed out you should mount the door and block it where it fits the trailer shape and then fill it.
It would weigh a lot less.
Mine is in horrible condition inside (I am certain) but I hesitate to start the project.
I think that I might pull the cover off the inside, cut the fiber glass inside and then fit foam sheets in to fill the void like the OSB was and then fiberglass it back in place and recover the inside.
The issue is fitting the door to the curvature of the trailer.
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Disinfect the inside of the door B 4 you do the final fix.
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Disinfect the inside of the door B 4 you do the final fix.


Mold?
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Not if its warped, or if the wood inside is rotted. While I would not do a few things the same way as "gquinton" did, his/her/their info is worth reading:

https://eggscamper.blogspot.com/2017...mper-door.html


Thanks for this. What would you have done differently?
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Door will likely be full of mush. Check the link above for a thorough discussion of the problem.

Every brand has its shortcomings and advantages. The Scamp door is one of its shortcomings. They finally have gone with a flat door on brand new ones.
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Mold?
Just in case. Be save not sorry.
Bleach and water solution.
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...What would you have done differently?
They said, "When I replaced the fiberboard with new particle board."
I would have used marine grade plywood. If they do get another window leak the particle board will soak up the water like a sponge.

They said, "I removed the old sealant, and re caulked with 100% silicon. The more the better."

I don't think more is better. In fact none should be fine, assuming the window uses butyl tape or a custom gasket to seal the edges. And if the gap is as large as they say, I would use a different window or no window at all. My door window sits fairly flush to the door and I'm sure there is butyl under the frame which should be good for at least ten - fifteen years before its time to think about reinstalling the window. Even with no caulking. BTW, It's a fixed, non-opening window.

Now the roof fridge vent does have a large gap, and a lot of caulking. I'm keeping an eye on it and if it fails I hope to create a flatter surface somehow for the fridge vent since it is designed for a flat RV roof.
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Some good points above for sure. One that is a common mistake is the product used in the door repair is oriented strand board. It is not particle board, sometimes called chip board (thankfully). OSB (oriented strand board) is made out of large wood shavings, and bonded together into a product very similar to plywood.

A different product like Coosa board or similar would have been even better. And you don't have to buy full sheets (its expensive).
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