2001 Coleman Niagara Rear Floor repair

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  1. Robmoo

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    We have a hole in the flooring at the right rear. Looking at the underside the floor at the rear has suffered water damage. It looks like this will be my fall project. I intend to take off the read ABS panel and expect that I'll find some rotted structure that needs to be rear done. Has anyone found a video or picture of someone taking apart the rear of the Niagara or a similar model? I'm wondering if I need to remove the rear bed and take apart the cabinets at the rear. My intention is to replace a foot of floor at the rear and replace any rotted structure, but I'm trying to avoid a complete tear down.

    Last year I did the front storage area, the power distribution center, and the water heater. This rear it will be the rear. At some point I should replace the frig piezo igniter and 110 v heating element. At least the frig runs on gas no problem.
     
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    “1999 Utah” currently fixing water damage on the bumper end we’ve rebuilt the cassette potty cabinet replaced the damaged floor area and and now working on rebuilding the bottom cabinet for the galley. Then we have to tackle the “front” water damage area where the storage box is located, that I fear will be much harder fix. As the storage box on these models were a huge problem and always failed. The water damage on this storage box is extensive, and it damaged the interior of the camper under the furnace and water heater and power converter‍♀️. I love pop up camping really I do. I wish there were more resources available for these projects. I read someone liken the pursuit to finding parts and instructions for these pop ups to finding “leprechaun Gold” couldn’t agree more. Hope these photos help a little.
     

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    We didn’t have to take off the bed but we did have to remove the cabinets. Be especially careful removing the abs it’s kinda brittle and there will be a aluminum ledge of sorts on top of the rear abs it has a seal under it. Be careful not to bend that piece because you won’t find another one.
     
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    Would love to see the photos of your storage repair project if you have them and any heads ups you might be able to pass along.
     
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    20180506_102143.jpg 20180506_102151.jpg 20180506_102434.jpg 20180512_093427.jpg 20180512_093441.jpg 20180513_145057.jpg 20180513_145103.jpg 20180513_145109.jpg 20180513_145118.jpg 20180528_121859.jpg Here you go. I replaced the water heater with a DSI model. The old one quit and replacing the thermocouple didn't fix it.
     
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    20180528_130325.jpg 20180528_130329.jpg 20180528_130334.jpg 20180528_130352.jpg 20180528_130405.jpg 20180528_130408.jpg 20180528_130431.jpg 20180528_130441.jpg I had used MEK and ABS pellets to glue the ABS pieces together before painting with white truck bed liner. So I didn't take off the ABS. I worked from the inside. The walls on the ends were trashed. Once I restructure the storage hatch end everything closed nicely. I used some extra trim to help divert water away from the storage door.
     
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    I used marine grade ply coating in spar urethane. The repair should last.
     
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    20180527_122706.jpg 20180527_122712.jpg 20180527_122335.jpg While replacing the water heater I found that the power supply had been jury-rigged. So I replaced that too.
     

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    Thank you for the picture of the rear end of your Utah!
    The only aha moments were when I realized how cheaply these were built. For a couple of hundred dollars more in materials they could have built a product that was made to last.
     
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    Yup... if only...
    But, if they had, what would we be doing with the little time we still have... :)
     
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