You can repair wood floor damage in a travel trailer but it's not a beginner's project. It takes time and effort. Once you open the floor, be prepared to discover more extensive damage, especially if it is an older trailer. Pay special attention to damage along areas where the flooring meets walls, doors or cabinets as these are problem areas. Eliminate the cause of the floor damage prior to repairing the floor, or the floor damage will just return.
Repair the wood floor in a travel trailer
1. Put on safety goggles.
2. Chisel around the outside of the entire area of damaged wood flooring, using a chisel and hammer.
3. Remove the damaged flooring with a pry bar and a hammer by sliding the pry bar into the chiseled area and hitting it with a hammer. Completely remove all damaged wood flooring.
4. Examine the subfloor for signs of damage after the wood floor has been removed. Remove damaged subfloor if necessary. Start by removing any screws, then use a pry bar and hammer.
5. Measure the area of subfloor to be replaced.
6. Replace the damaged subfloor if necessary by marking and cutting a piece of ¼-inch-thick exterior-grade plywood to fit. Use a compound miter saw or table saw to make the proper cuts. The replaced subfloor should fit snugly into the removed area.
7. Screw the subfloor to the floor joists with wood screws. Use a cordless drill to fasten the screws.
8. Measure the area of wood flooring to be replaced. Use this measurement to determine how much replacement flooring will be necessary.
9. Purchase wood flooring to closely match the existing floor, or you can purchase unfinished wood flooring and stain to a close match.
10. Mark, cut and match each piece of flooring to the existing floor. Use wood glue to ensure all pieces hold together. Clean up any excess glue immediately. Allow glue to dry completely.
11. Stain unfinished wood flooring to match existing floor. Allow stain to dry completely.
Items you will need
- Measuring tape
- Safety goggles
- Pry bar
- Wood screws
- ¼-inch exterior-grade plywood
- Compound miter saw or table saw
- Cordless drill
- Wood flooring
- Wood glue
- Carpenter's pencil
- Wood stain (optional)
- Brush for stain (optional)
- Remove flooring prior to purchasing plywood and replacement flooring. Chances are, you will discover more damage than was originally visible.
- Eliminate sources of water leaks and rodent and insect infestation prior to repairing the floor of your travel trailer.
- Water damage may result in moldy subfloors. Wear a mask and protective clothing when working with large amounts of mold.
- Woodall's RV Owners Handbook, Woodall's Publishing Corp., 2005 edition.
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