1998 Coleman exterior floor

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  1. joelachr

    joelachr New Member

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    We've been shopping for a pop-up camper and I joined when I found this forum. We've found a 1998 Coleman Redwood and looked it over. We're planning to buy it but wondering about the underneath side of the floor. There's one soft spot at the rear of the road side. The seller says it was probably from spray off the tire. I should've checked the other side to see if it had similar damage.

    The rest of the underneath floor looked clean & solid but it surprised me that it didn't seem to be coated or protected with anything. Is it common to have exposed plywood underneath a camper? Would it be worthwhile to protect it with something?
     
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    lksdrinker Active Member

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    It is apparently common for the underside to be exposed wood like that and most do not recommend coating with anything. I'm no expert, but I doubt the soft spot was really caused by the the tire spray. If its at the very rear, I'd be checking the rear body panel and rear wall for damage.
     
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    First, it's not plywood but Structur Board - seal it and it can't breathe. If Fleetwood had thought it should be sealed they would have sealed it at the factory - but they never did, on any trailer they ever built. If the floor is soft that means water has leaked into the camper somehow - it's not spray from the tires.
     
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    I concur, spray from tires isn't going to be the issue. The wood rots/disintegrates with standing water over a period of time. I wonder if the sink is above that area and had a leak of some sort. Look above!
     
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    On my 97Coleman Cheyenne it had bare floor. I replaced the bad sections but still need to undercoat it...
     

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