|This is the frame, with some new wood in place and a few pieces of temporary wood to keep us from snagging the aluminum siding or falling through the floor and breaking an ankle. That would be bad...very bad.|
|New floor, 3/4" exterior grade plywood. The wheel well is resupported, as well as the threshold on the door has been replaced with new wood. No more spongy landings!!|
In order to fix the floor, the entire threshold and door side of the wooden frame had to be rebuilt from the front corner to the wheel well. That Kreg jig has paid for itself. The floor was also repaired where the water tank had been (there wasn't anything except for the homosote board there).
We are finally at the point where we're trying to decide what flooring to use. Hmm. I should probably reiterate that our plan is to refurbish the Shasta within a 2 month window to be able to use her for camping for a season or two. Our plan is to have most of the major work done by the end of April for her maiden trip. We are quite certain that she needs (and deserves) a complete, frame-off, proper restoration. The birch paneling has delaminated from the humidity here in NC, and she's sustained water damage from leaks and such. THAT being said, we are aware that we aren't fixing her "correctly." That is not our goal at the moment. Our goal is to get her systems working properly, have a functioning kitchenette, two beds, make her safe and sturdy again, and GO CAMPING. Soon.
We debated about putting laminate flooring (ie Pergo) in the camper, which would cover up the mess without needing to lay a subfloor. I really don't like laminate flooring. It reminds me of museums...click, clack, click, clack - ticky ticky ticky. So, I was shopping at Ollie's the other day, and came across a selection of vinyl tiles for $8.96 for a box of 30. They are not "quality" tiles, but they will do the job we need them to for now. Our SC has a floorspace of about 60 square feet, including under the dinette benches (but not the gaucho). I bought 3 boxes, so we'll have plenty leftover. Including the lauan, the cost will be less than $60 to do the floor. I did the math for the VCT tiles, and it would be about $30 more. Sigh. I'd really prefer the VCT tiles, ya know? But, these are inexpensive and will brighten things up considerably without clashing too much or looking too modern. What do you think?
|I put the tiles down to see how they'd look. I'm so excited!! Isn't progress great?!|
Once the flooring is done, we'll be working on the dinette benches, then the back end to tear out the black/grey tank and fix the rot in her rear-end.