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emcvay
post May 2 2017, 02:08 PM
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I should add that I'm mostly out of time as I mill almost every weekend! During the week I get some down time at night but I might have to do this on the fast if I plan to conitnue to use the camper this summer much
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post May 2 2017, 06:18 PM
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OK I went and did it! I opened up the inside to see what I could see as I was worried about the extent of damage.

I was THRILLED! Looks like I mostly just need a new 1x2 base plate on this wall!

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Obvious damage here but with a new base plate tied into the good studs and some minor stud repair with some metal Simpson T brackets I think this is doable!

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Next stud past the one to the left of the tie down.

This corner is wet still
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My thought is to let it dry out and then remove the jack, treat the wood, scab in some additional wood and maybe replace that plywood which is soft by the jack.

One thing I'm wondering is if I can pull off the bottom section of the siding only? If I can then I can pull it off without taking the rest off, replace the base plate, fix the tie downs and then put the siding back on. Once done I can put some 1" foam insulation in the walls, calk and seal it all up and put some new panel on the inside though I think I'll have to panel all the way to the roof or at least the window and up the corner.

Might look a little funny but if I do it right (or darn close) it might not look bad and I don't care much how it looks other then to sell it when I'm done wink.gif

My main concern is hauling it to job sites -- I don't want it coming apart on the road -- so that's the reason to dig in.

Can I pull the siding, let it dry, replace the bad base plate, tie it together and put it all back in a weekend? I might try! LOL
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post May 2 2017, 06:58 PM
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This is the corner near the pantry and fridge (still in the dinette opposite of the outside corner where the jack is)

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Studs still look savable at this point

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Jack corner

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Vents are open up top but I thought I'd add some heat to see if I can get it drying it a bit faster.

I'm planning on digging in deeper this week/weekend to see if I can fix the tie downs
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post May 2 2017, 11:15 PM
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That heater really dried out the corner!
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post May 3 2017, 04:26 AM
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Ordered some 'Git'-Rot for the corner and wood I can't easily replace. Going to replace the base plate, re-enforce things and then shoot git rot into the rest and put it all back together. WISH ME LUCK!
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post May 3 2017, 07:58 AM
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What I use. It's not cheap but it works well. Replaces the 'lignun' think thats it, in the wood and seals it with epoxy. I think I'd add new material where the tie down is.
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post May 3 2017, 08:01 AM
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If it was me, I'd pull the glass wool insulation (which retains moisture and replace it with expanding spray foam and shave it to width after it cures. Much better insulation and don't retain moisture. Reason why RV builders don't use it, is it's expensive and they are cheap....
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post May 3 2017, 08:18 AM
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I was thinking of pulling the window and using foam with spray foam filler around it.

I plan to replace the base plate (the board the tie down bolts through) and do a little re-enforcing while I'm at it but plan to inject the plywood and corner stud instead of pulling the jack etc.

Basically I'm going to frame in the easy stuff and then use git rot on things I don't want to mess with....

Speaking of which I need to go out and put the heat on again and dry some more of it out.
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post May 5 2017, 08:48 AM
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If you don't want metal showing on the outside bottom, lay a length of flat siron the width on the sill plate on tgop of the sill plate INSIDE the camper and secured it and run your tie down bolt through that.

Amazing how they rot isn't it?
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post May 6 2017, 10:40 PM
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Got it opened up and removed the rotten wood, replaced what I felt I must, put git rot in some and glued and screwed and drilled until things were in place. Tomorrow we should be able to get the exterior buttoned up and then I'll work in the interior. But at this point it's MUCH stronger than it was!

I put metal on the inside (T brackets) of each stud to the new base plate and a strip of metal across the tie down going several inches in both directs for added strength but I'm not too worried. It's stronger now that it was when new probably wink.gif
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post May 7 2017, 06:41 PM
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Got the exterior back together

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Finishing up the interior

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Just using paneling to cover it all.
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post May 8 2017, 08:36 AM
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This is what I did.

I also put T brackets on the base of the studs to the base plate and some 90 degree brackets at the tops in strategic places. I think it will work wink.gif

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Just a little more and it will be finished. Ignore the crappy calking job -- that is not something I've ever done well! lol

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Just a little trim to place and a little more 'Git-Rot' to put in it and I'll get it back on the truck.
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post May 8 2017, 03:35 PM
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Hi,

great Job, i hope i can start my Restauration soon, after the Heavy rain here in Germany stops and the Spring get's started.

Best regards

Torsten
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post May 10 2017, 08:54 AM
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Thanks. Still some work to do but it should be fine to use now and I can finish later as long as the rear jack holds up (we'll see).
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post May 10 2017, 12:09 PM
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QUOTE(emcvay @ May 8 2017, 09:36 AM)
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This is what I did.

I also put T brackets on the base of the studs to the base plate and some 90 degree brackets at the tops in strategic places.  I think it will work wink.gif

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Just a little more and it will be finished.  Ignore the crappy calking job -- that is not something I've ever done well! lol

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Just a little trim to place and a little more 'Git-Rot' to put in it and I'll get it back on the truck.
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Man, a lot of work, but you did a nice job. I have seen so many where folks get part way and give up.

Steve
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post May 10 2017, 12:32 PM
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Tahnks smile.gif Still some work to do, and I will get to it as soon as I can but this was a weekend (and a bit) repair as I need to use the camper the next two weekends milling. Then I'll be at our cabin the next and.....you get the idea! LOL I'll finish it during the week one of these weeks but for now it's good to go and feels nice and solid on the truck now too smile.gif
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post May 10 2017, 12:36 PM
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Felt pretty solid up in the air smile.gif Got it on the truck and strapped down.

Going to ask this question in a separate thread but "how tight" is tight enough? I now understand that I am darn near strong enough to pull the tie downs out by hand so I don't want to put a wrench on them and crank them down super tight before asking how tight should they be?
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post May 11 2017, 07:22 AM
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Ready for the road smile.gif Took it on it's maiden voyage since the overhaul and everything seemed great. Sure there is movement but I'm assuming there always is anyway but I do have new tie downs coming.

Also got the black and grey water tanks dumped. Noticed the black water tank guage is still reading 2/3rds full though.
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post Jun 28 2017, 08:52 AM
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Quick update:

I backed the camper into my son-in-laws car while backing my sawmill up into the driveway in a hurry! DOH! All I hit on the camper was the right rear jack. $900 damage to the little car (ouch) and the camper jack was loose with not so good wood behind it....so I tried Git-Rot after some advice from a boat builder turned body many (basically let the git rot start to cure before jamming it in there and putting the screw in behind it.

This seems to have worked as the camper comes on and off the truck ok now though I will need to do more repairs I think.

Meanwhile I replaced the thermocouple in the hot water tank but it did not make much difference. Ignite the pilot, start the hot water, blue flame, runs maybe a minute to 90 seconds and then dies and the pilot goes out too.

I'm wondering if I adjusted the pilot if it would make a difference? I'm also wondering if I need to pull the whole thing to see that nothing is blocking the flew (that I can't see now).
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