More camper rebuilding fun!

Peekaboo! Looking down through the inside of the gutted camper to the truck bedside. The plywood panel that once covered this area was rotten.

The picture featured at the top shows Saturday’s progress. Still a long way to go, but it feels good to see the nasty, rotten wood, being replaced with new.  The new panel shown in the feature photo at the top, is almost ready to be permanently glued, stapled, screwed, and fiberglassed to the shell. But before that can happen, the missing vertical studs and appliance framing needs to be created.  Stay tuned!

Thank you for following along as we learn how to save our camper (and have an adventure before the real adventure begins!). Yeah, it might be easier to buy a new one, but what fun would THAT be? 🙂

’til next time,

Michelle & Tony



Looking from the outside-in through the propane tank storage area. This is what’s behind the gray plastic liner.
We’ll be nervous until the structure inside is back in place. We have  placed several jacks around the perimeter of the shell as support. No disasters, please.
Looking out the refrigerator access door. The once-wood frame is hardly there. Under that, is a 2×4 that was glassed to the shell as additional support. The fiberglass is still there. The 2×4 is long gone from rot.
…and next to the refrigerator lives the furnace. More rot.
And to the right of the furnace is the space for the water heater. No wonder everything felt so loose and flimsy.
Starting to scrape off the sprayed on insulation around the affected areas.
Laying the rotten panel on top of the replacement plywood to use as a pattern. Not much to go on.


2 thoughts on “More camper rebuilding fun!”

  1. Tony,
    You mentioned that the dried out sealant used around window and other openings was responsible for a lot of the water damage. Would it be possible to pull the window frames etc. out and re seal them with a better material? Or do you have to remove a lot of the interior to get the frame out?
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Chris, nice to hear from you.
      The windows can be removed and re-sealed all from the outside. You will need to remove the plastic trim from the interior side, but nothing else. The trim is sometimes a bit of a pain because of the way it snaps in. If you press down on the edge so the little lip that snaps in the aluminum channel unlocks, you can use a small screwdriver or hook tool to pull it free. Once you get it started, it is fairly easy to remove. The screws on the exterior are typically rusted and a pain. On ours, there wasn’t enough left of the screw’s head to grab and remove, so many of them had to be ground off with a small carbide bit using a die grinder. A royal pain, but doable. Once the screws are out of the way, you can carefully pry the window free of the body. You should then be able to remove what’s left of the screws with some pliers.
      Good luck!

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