Storage compartment Reno

Discussion in 'Camper Restoration Projects' started by Jaclyn, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. Jaclyn

    Jaclyn New Member

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    We have started our storage compartment renovation. It was about 60% rotted and water damaged. I would love any tips and tricks you guys have, I'll post updates as we progress!
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  2. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    We were able to save ours, but it still stinks inside.

    I have seen people just put vinyl back on the front and then add a big metal tool box. Also adding another photo of a common way people rebuild them.

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  3. kcormier19

    kcormier19 Member

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    would love more information on where water was getting in and ho you removed the front storage box, all in 1 piece or sides, top, and front separately?
     
  4. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    I didn't remove mine , but water can come from anywhere, the side where it seals to the aluminum, the top of the corner where the aluminum meets the box, if a hot water heater is in there , check that for leaks. A small hole in the top of the cover. The seal. Through the hot water door. Pick one!
     
  5. Jaclyn

    Jaclyn New Member

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    Ours was leaking through some pretty good cracks and a Half-dollar sized hole in the cover. We were trying to disassemble the storage compartment one piece at a time but the MDF was so damaged from the water that it literally broke when we were trying to pry the silicon apart. So it came off in one big piece. It has rained here everyday since we started this project so it is sitting under a tarp until this weekend when we can set up our canopy and get back to work. :)
     
  6. kcormier19

    kcormier19 Member

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    i am in the same boat as you in regards to the weather so i hope we both get some sun soon.
     
  7. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    Ours was leaking from a rotted seal on the lid and from where the panels met the main body on the side.
     
  8. Jaclyn

    Jaclyn New Member

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    Finally got some decent weather, Didn't get too many pictures though because we are working in the evenings after work and trying to hustle. I'll for sure get a few this evening to share!! Almost finished which is good because we camp this weekend!!
     
  9. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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  10. ezakoske

    ezakoske Active Member

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    Our '98 Bayside was leaking through cracks behind and under the piano hinge. I tried "fixing" the cracks with ABS slurry, but ultimately removed the lid, fiberglassed that section and then applied Grizzly Grip to it and the lid.
    I'm just buying time at this point - I have rotten wood on the passenger side of the storage box that I'll have to address at some point....
     
  11. Jaclyn

    Jaclyn New Member

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    It's been a chore for sure. Ours literally fell apart as we tried to take it apart, so we had no measurements or anything to go by. It's been challenging but all we have left is to reattach the lid and hook up the water heater and gas lines and seal all the joints.
     
  12. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    You may want to check out this TREAD
     
  13. ezakoske

    ezakoske Active Member

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    Yep - I've been through that thread several times and have it bookmarked :)
    Thanks!

    Erik
     
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