The Tiny House: Replacing Rotten Floor

26 Jul

I purchased the camper for an incredible price, so when I discovered the bedroom floor in the back was soft I didn’t get too worked up about it.

Once I had the bed removed it became clear the floor was gone; there was no where solid to stand. This was a project I would definitely need my dad for.

I keep making progress on the rest of the camper, totally avoiding the back until my dad had a day off work and we could get to it. We took a little time one day to get the floor cut out, the insulation pulled out, and all the flaking destroyed floor and jousts removed.

I then sat up a fan and let it blow back there for a few days. Clearly the back camper had major water damage and we wanted to make sure it was bone dry before we did anything to it.

If you’re going to do this make sure to leave the thick plastic sheeting alone and undamaged that’s there for a reason you’ll need to pull the staples to get it off the old joists then once you’re done rests plenty to the new.

We just spend the last two days finishing up the removal of the old floor. We also removed all the extra storage doors so we could get to everything and then we jacked the camper walls up off the frame a couple of inches.

We replaced all the base supportive joists as well as ran all new center floor joists. We bolted them to the frame and used metal plates to screw all the floor joists together for added weight distribution and strength.

Sounds easy but it took a very long time and was a ton of work. But totally worth it because now we know for certain everything is solid in excellent condition.

Speaking of condition…pretty sure a busted water heater was to blame for the floors so I got on Amazon and purchased a new Eco tankless water heater for $165. It’s small but rated for RVs so it will work out perfect!

Getting started cutting out the old rotten floor.

Getting started cutting out the old rotten floor.

This is a daunting project.

This is a daunting project.

This is some serious damage. The floor just flakes!

This is some serious damage. The floor just flakes!

camper jacked up off the frame a little bit.

camper jacked up off the frame a little bit.

Starting to get it cleaned out. That old floor just disintegrated!

Starting to get it cleaned out. That old floor just disintegrated!

This is the plastic i mentioned you needed to keep unharmed.

This is the plastic i mentioned you needed to keep unharmed.

The light at the end of the tunnel.

The light at the end of the tunnel.

New floor coming along!

New floor coming along!

Floor done! Now we need to get the siding and doors back on, and replace the ruined walls on the inside.

Floor done! Now we need to get the siding and doors back on, and replace the ruined walls on the inside.

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2 Responses to “The Tiny House: Replacing Rotten Floor”

  1. Adriene July 27, 2016 at 10:29 AM #

    Oh man! We just started renovating an old camper too! I’m pretty sure our floor is toast, hoping we can get it done quick. So much work, but you’re right so worth it. I haven’t put up my post yet, but when it’s ready you should check out the before/after photos!

    https://atreasuredlifeblog.wordpress.com/

    • jamielynnneal July 27, 2016 at 10:42 AM #

      Good luck!! I will def keep an eye out for your post!!

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