Repar flooring in Kit Travel Trailer

Old 04-04-16, 02:57 PM
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Repar flooring in Kit Travel Trailer

We recently picked up an old 1976 16' Kit Travel Trailer. There is some slight interior water damage. I'm looking for some advice on fixing it up without gutting the entire trailer.

- Replacing the old floors -
The old floors go underneath the other parts of the trailer (i.e. bed or kitchen cabinets. Is it most common just to cut the old floor in place and install up to the old cabinets. I am thinking this is a lot easier than gutting the entire trailer to get to the floors. I am thinking sheet vinyl would be the easiest, any tips on pairing it to the existing structure would be appreciated, I was thinking maybe a small piece of trim, or just a little lip to cover where the vinyl stops.

Also, there are a few soft spots, I figured those could be cut out and just patched with new plywood, if not I would appreciate any advice.

The floors will kinda dictate how the rest of the project goes. Without gutting the trailer, it saves a lot of time and money, but makes it a little harder for rewiring projects and the likes.
Old 04-05-16, 03:08 AM
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Welcome to the forums Brett!

While I've replaced sub floors in a lot of mobile homes I've never done so in a travel trailer. Normally I'll just cut up close to the wall and remove the damaged sub floor and will often add a layer of plywood over the entire floor once the patches are made .... but that adds more weight and a travel trailer sees more movement than a MH.

In your case I think I'd cut/remove what is easy to get at and then reevaluate. You should be better able to assess whether or not the cabinets are sufficiently supported then. It's a pain but you can chisel out under walls [part way] and slip the edge of the plywood under the wall.
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You can use a Toe Kick saw to cut right up to the cabinets or walls once the 1/4 round if there is any is removed.
Home Depot Rents them.
Not going to do any good to try and jam it in under the cabinets or walls.
In most cases you would be far better off removing the cabinets so you could use bigger pieces to make them stronger, easier to lay the new flooring, and give you some moisture protection on the top side of the floor.
Any I've seen where just screwed to the wall and or floor.
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Camper Floor

I would say remove the cabinets.

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