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We bought a 93 Park West Coyote this past week the lady told us there was a soft spot in the floor and it wouldnt be hard to fix and yes the first soft spot shouldnt be but the under the bed is completely rotted I wouldnt have missed this since the floor is dropped about 2 inches from the rest but I sent my husband to look at it (no offense to the men ) Has anyone else had this kinda of issue am i going to fall completely through the floor?

P.S I am thinking maybe we should just get rid of the trailer my husband was putting a tarp on it tonight and fell threw not one but two of the vents ugh!!!

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I agree getting rid of it makes good sense considering the age and amount of damage.

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From someone that owned a trailer with a rotten floor. GET RID OF IT. I'd first go back to the lady who said it should be easy to fix. Maybe she'll be decent and return your money.

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There are no easy fixes to rotten floors, get rid of it or get your money back.


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A rotten floor usually means a complete tear down. To have a rotted floor means there is a roof, siding, or plumbing leak and she had to know about it because the floor would have bben wet and there would have been a mildew smell. She misrepresented the trailer to you, get your money back.


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if it was so easy, then why didn't she fix it?????????????? why would you buy something like that in the first place?

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park it in New Orleans and file a claim when the next storm rolls through....


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First, find and fix the leak. Then, tear part the floor. You need to remove more than the rotted area, and reinforce any members that you cut off.

It is not an easy job, but if you have any experience repairing houses, it goes pretty good. Fixing the leak may be the hardest part of the PROJECT.


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You are not the first person to have something like this happen, people tend to gloss over the problems in order to make a sale.

Our first TT, we thought we paid a fair price for it until I went to fix the front corner that we had noticed befor buying. Turned out that we had to gut more than half of the interior. Replaced all but about 3 roof ribs. I was so mad that I didn't bother taking pictures. It made a very nice trailer that we used for 7 years after repairing, sold it last fall and we used our second rebuild trailer this year.

It is easy for folks to say sell it, get your money back, basically for the most part now you would sell it for less than you paid for it.

Take a step back, take a deep breath, relax, it isn't the end of the world. First thing is to identify and repair the leaks, you will need to remove the outside trim along the roof. Then remove the old caulking and use new caulking then put the trim back up. You will need to repeat with all the corner trim, door(s) and windows, don't forget anything that goes through the exterior.

Once the outside is weather tite, then tackle the floor. You will need to cut back only the TOP plywood of the floor. Using a circular saw, set the depth of cut to about 1/2" (you may need to adjust slightly). Cut out a small square in the affected are, then asses the condition. If bad then cut a slightly larger area, repeating until you find good wood. The floor is a sandwich of sorts, there will be foam insulation under the wood that was glued to the wood.

Once you have found good wood, then you will have to screw in some 2x2s under the floor leaving a little bit sticking out for the new floor to attach to. Once new floor is screwed down you, you might need to use some vinyl patch to fill in any gaps. Now can now put new vinyl down over top.

It can be frustrating and time consumming but in the end you will have learned a lot about RVs and don't need to be afraid of customizing to your tastes.

You can read my 2nd rebuild REBUILD CLICK LINK

You can also look at a document I have been writing that may be some help to you. RV HINTS AND TIPS

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