image

Camper progress report

It’s been a productive week. The camper is starting to take shape. Most of the decayed structure has now been rebuilt. We’re now going back together with the rear floor area. The right and left side support areas are mostly back together. We still have a few more studs to replace and then fiberglass all of the areas where it’s required. Once we get to that point, we’ll address the inherently weak lifting points and beef it up with additional steel reinforcements.¬†Stay tuned! Thanks for following along while we learn as we go. This really is a fun adventure! Really!

Tony & Michelle

image
Here is the rotten rear floor panel that has been removed. Nice, huh! :)
image
The right side structure that supports the refrigerator, furnace, water heater and dinette was seriously shot. It felt really great to see this section come back to life.
image
Another view of the dinette side before the window was reinstalled.
image
Framing in the appliance access areas.
image
Peekaboo! The nasty, rotten  structure was removed exposing the truck bed.
image
Sorry that the pictures are in no particular order. Here is where we are today. Both side structural areas are mostly together and the rear floor panel is glued in place. Still lacking are rear wall studs, some other reinforcements, and the fiberglass work which bonds the wood to the body. Getting close and it feels and we think, looks, really good. 
image
Before the side structure went in, the forward camper body 2×4 supports had to be cut out and replaced. They are screwed to the lower body skirt and held in place with fiberglass mat and epoxy resin. There is one of these on each forward side. One under the refrigerator area and one under the kitchen sink.
image
One reason the wood rots in these is that the windows were installed with a low quality, very typical in the RV industry, gray putty tape and non-stainless steel screws. The putty dries out and the screws rust away. The water seeps in and in no time, the wood structure behind the fiberglass body goes away. We have hopefully corrected the problem by using an automotive grade window butyl tape and stainless steel screws. I pity the person who ever tries to remove one of the windows in the future.