I need a recommendation on finding someone to replace a floor on my 1996 16-foot Spirit. I have fixed several of the leaks
that were caused by loose rivets that were on my trailer. However our recent severe winter weather subjected the trailer to another dowsing of water. Unfortunetly our storage area is not covered and is more than 25 miles away from our house so I can only check on it periodically. I have it covered with a tarp and crack the ceiling vent and side window to ensure air movement. However during the last blow the tarp ripped. (we had 70mph winds) Heat + water rekindled the musty oder coming from the carpet. Anyway the wife and i decided to remove the carpet and replace it with tile. The thought is that if we get any more water it would be more likely to evaporate if it were a tile floor than if it were carpet.
We have removed nearly everything except for the right hand side kitchen area down to the laminate. We are planning on taking the kitchen out this week or weekend depending on time. Well we found extensive rot in the floor underneath the rear table/bed area. It looks like the rotting issue has been going on for several years if not a decade. We have only owned the trailer since 2006. The previous owner said that he had replaced the freshwater hose from the city water supply to the sink. What he didn't say was how long the leak had been going on for before it was discovered.
The wood tie downs for the freshwater tank were completely disentigrated and moldy. The wood beneath the fiberglass is mush or non-existant. I am surprised at the amount of rigidity left in the floor since it is only supported by the fiberglass and not much plywood support left. I called Casita
parts and service desk and asked them if they could service or recommend a person to replace the floor and the person sounded a little perplexed that a floor on a Casita
could rot out. He said on the newer models that doesn't happen becuase the wood is sealed in. It was sealed in on mine as well but the table supports breached the integrity of the wood and allowed moisture into the trailer. Anyway I would like to hear from people who have done floor replacements in their RV's or who have had the job done.
The wife and i have considered the following options:
1 - Put the seats back in, tile it and pretend we didn't see the problem.
2 - Putting in a support peice of metal or wood over the top of the existing floor and attempt to treat the remaining wood with rotdoctor.com products.
3 - ripping out the fiberglass and rotting wood and replaceing it with marine grade plywood and new fiberglass.
4 - putting in concrete backer board like the kind found in bathrooms and dare the trailer to get wet there by strengthening the floor.
5 - paying someone to put in a new floor.
6 - towing our $5,000 dollar trailor to the junk yard and buy a new one.
Any advice is appreciated. I would especially be interested in hearing about someone in the Northern California Area who could do this repair.
If you interested in seeing what a Casita
looks like with no seats take a look here.