You can save money buying a used travel trailer, but that doesn’t mean you won’t run into trouble after the deal closes.
Sometimes problems only surface after you get to know your ‘new’ used RV.
That’s what happened to Doug Klassen with his 1991 Jayco 220 travel trailer.
I really looked the trailer over carefully before we bought it. Really. I’d looked at enough beaters with hidden problems to know that I’d best be on my toes. Sadly, I was lulled into a bit of complacency by the otherwise very clean appearance, inside and out, of the Jayco and the fact that everything actually worked. Not even any mildew stains on the awning! The price was within our budget so we plunked down our cash and away we went with our new prize.
Unfortunately, the Jayco that Doug went home with had a major problem.
It was only after getting ready for his second trip with the trailer that he noticed a spot on the vinyl flooring.
After peeling back the vinyl to investigate further, he didn’t like what he saw: the plywood floor was shot, though there wasn’t any evidence of standing water or moisture.
This storage compartment is located under the kitchen dinette seating area.
Here’s a closer view.
Doug did research on the RV.net forum and realized that replacing rotted wood flooring in a travel trailer is a 6 step process:
- probe extent of damage and trace out boundary
- cut out badly damaged areas
- dry out remaining wood framing
- apply mold-killing product
- saturate it with thinned epoxy resin
- if needed, replace or add additional wood framing
After using an awl to probe the extent of the damage, Doug realized it was local to just the storage area under the kitchen dinette.
He removed the rotted wood and vinyl floor covering, and set to work preparing the area for epoxy sealant.
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