Floor Repair in 1974 Hunter I - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-27-2020, 01:11 PM   #1
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Floor Repair in 1974 Hunter I

Hi! I'm happy to be a new member!
A friend and I just bought a cute 1974 (?) Hunter I. We wanted to put some new flooring down and during that process found some pretty significant floor rot near the door which looks like it was caused by a leak from the window. The window has been repaired and no longer leaks. Wondering if anyone has some tips on how to repair or patch the floor? What materials? How far to go in repairing?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 08-28-2020, 09:50 AM   #2
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Probably NOT what you wanted to hear however here it goes.

IF your rear floor is that rotten there is a great chance the rear steel frame rail might be rusty also. Now would also be a good time to REPLACE ALL OF THE MANY ELEVATOR BOLTS that bolt the complete fiberglass shell to the steel trailer frame. After 45+ years there is a great chance those bolts are also RUSTY and barely holding the shell to the frame! I suggest you look very closely at each of these items as they are very much safety related to the safe operation and towing of your trailer. Remember this is a 45+ year old trailer!

Yes it's LOT'S OF WORK however you might want to consider removing the fiberglass shell from the steel frame to replace all the Elevator Bolts and check the frame for rust. This will also make it easier to replace the wood floor at the rear of the fiberglass shell. Not fun however something to consider!

At a minimum you can cut out the rotten wood in the rear floor area and replace that wood without doing all the above. A patch job if you will. Not difficult to do. Lot's of info on the site to help you through the project.
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How about posting some photos as well. always helpful.
Best practice is to remove/replace the rotted floor back to good material. The rot may extend under the kitchen or anything else along the back of the camper. Ignoring it will lead to more rot and damage.
If the floor is just 'soft' without major rot, you can sometimes stabilize with products like git-rot, but they are not meant to replace completely rotted wood.
Replacing the elevator bolts is spot on advise as well.
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