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The Before part 2. The duct tape was used to get it home from Oklahoma in January.
It is a 2006 Frontier Explorer 5th wheel 32' bunkhouse.

Bad repair job from previous owner

They used close to an inch thick of buytl tape instead of Eternabond tape.

The insulation is in pretty good shape

The damage

The roof

The worst of the front wall

The water was on the inside of the wall and must have puddled in the tyvek. The wood was still wet

You can only see the damage to the front of the trailer, the roof and sides about 2' back are bad too.
Enough work for one day, this trailer demo is harder than it looks on youtube But now that we are started we have to keep going.

We don't have a barn big enough to store the 5th wheel so it's under a tarp. It's not like the water wasn't already getting in anyway.
Any tips or help would be appreciated. We have had a hard time finding much good information and/or how to videos or websites on doing a massive rebuild like this one. If you know of any send the link!

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That is an ambitious project. You will have to keep working back until you reach the end of the rot. Keep taking pictures and measurements as you go, you will save a lot of time once things start going back together. Good luck and keep the pictures coming, this is a great tutorial.

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romore wrote:

this is a great tutorial.


I'm not sure I am a qualified tutor but I do know how to take photos. We will do our best to document it!

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Thanks for the pictures. I've always wondered how things looked under the skin.





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I repaired a lot of framing and parts of the floor in my rebuild. Don't have too many pictures of the framing repair but it's pretty straight forward, rip, remove, replace. It looks like the two most difficult parts for you will be replacing the top plate on the driver's side and replacing the bad flooring under the corners.
I do have pictures in the Hilton thread of how I sistered pieces onto the trusses where they were rotten. The flooring will be problematic because typical construction is to build the walls onto the flooring. You'll need to remove the bad flooring and slide the new under the existing wall. There will be a lot of nail and staple pulling involved. I used a sawzall and sometimes an angle grinder to remove those fasteners that I couldn't just pull.


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westend wrote:

It looks like the two most difficult parts for you will be replacing the top plate on the driver's side and replacing the bad flooring under the corners.
I do have pictures in the Hilton thread of how I sistered pieces onto the trusses where they were rotten. The flooring will be problematic because typical construction is to build the walls onto the flooring. You'll need to remove the bad flooring and slide the new under the existing wall.

The interesting thing is that so far the floor is perfectly fine. Not a spot of rot on it in the front where the walls were rotted away. This trailer seems to be build differently than most because the walls were build to the outside of the floor not on top if it. We don't have the sides ripped off yet but on the front that was the case.
Today I think we will be up on the roof with a heat gun trying to get the piles and piles of goo off so we can pull back the rubber roof and get the roof joist out.
Do you have the link to your rebuild? We used it as inspiration before. But I can't remember where to find it.

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mrquacker wrote:

I've always wondered how things looked under the skin.

It's really not supposed to look like this. Ideally your trailer doesn't take on water an rot into black powder.

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Thanks for taking the time to share all of this with us. I'm looking forward to hearing about your progress.

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LangsRV2 wrote:

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Do you have the link to your rebuild? We used it as inspiration before. But I can't remember where to find it.

I believe that this thread is the link to Westend's rebuild post that you are looking for. It is also linked in his signature.
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Nice work you're doing there, thanks for sharing. Looks like you'll end up with a very nice rig when you're done. Did you pick it up at a good price?


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