I decided to start on the sagged ceiling repair.
Over the years there was water that leaked through the roof vent and during the manufacture of this trailer one screw supporting the front left cabinets punctured the fiberglass. This caused the separation of the Styrofoam from the fiberglass. Both areas caused sagging.
I removed the front three cabinets to do the repair however left the rear portion of the ceiling and cabinets because I felt there was enough support from the rear cabinets, bathroom and closet walls. There was no indication of water damage that far back.
So down came the ceiling and I found the majority of the wood supporting the front and kitchen cabinets was rotted out. I marked the fiberglass ceiling where the wood supports were for the cabinets to be replaced later. I am an electrician by trade and not much of a carpenter so I decided to use conduit for my cross member supports. I felt this was a good choice because it is easy to work with, is galvanized and will last for as long as I have the trailer and onward. I made a 90 degree bend at each end and cut the wall out enough on each side for the Styrofoam to support the conduit. I also bent a length of tin to place between the conduit end and the Styrofoam to distribute whatever load there is onto the Styrofoam
As you can see this is as far as I have progressed.
The next step will be to strap the conduit to the fiberglass at the walls and spaced out strapping in the ceiling. I will be using short strips of fiberglass matting and resin for this. I ran a couple of 2x4’s through a table saw for my wood supports for the cabinets and ceiling material. The conduit is ¾” and the wood is 1”. With a bit of research I chose to use the West System Six10 Epoxy Adhesive to fasten the wood to the fiberglass.
I’m getting a little ahead of myself so will stop here.
I appreciate all constructive comments as I move along. I have refurbished my 13’ Boler
a few years back however the Bigfoot
is much more of a challenge and I know that many of you have much more experience in restoration.
Until next time.