Yet Another Floor Issue

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Repairs & Maintenance' started by Greywuff, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. Greywuff

    Greywuff Member

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    Heres a question for the knowledgeable....I have laid flat on the ground and took a look at the bottom side of our Palomino Camper. While there are no issues with the floor at this time, I foresee major problems ahead. The subflooring is OSB plywood, it is unpainted, and appears to be untreated. My common sense and expereince tells me that this is going to be an issue in the future. Now for the question.
    I dont want to "seal" the floor with anything that will keep water from seeping through it, in the event of a leak in the future, that would only add to problems if the water cant get out. However, pulling the camper down the highway on wet rainy days, is going to cause the underside to become saturated with water. Therefore, is it best to leave the floor alone and let nature take its course? Is it better to paint the wood to prevent water penetration, or is it better to use some sort of sealer on it?
    Having just enough knowledge about woodworking to be dangerous, is it better to allow he wood to "breathe" or would it be better to seal it against the elements before damage is done?

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  2. 3pillons

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    I would assume that the water issues arise when water is allowed to continually saturate the wood. I guess that since the water would not "stand" on the bottom of the floor, but rather fall off and dry off, it should be fine. My 1992 has the original floor and it seems OK. Might be wrong tho, just my two cents.

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    I understand your concern about the OSB, I know from experience that stuff will expand if it stays wet for a long time, but I would leave it be and let it breath. My camper is 12 yrs older than yours and probably never garaged in its life and the floor is in great shape.

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    Pat,

    Don't worry about sealing the floor. You are right on the material's ability to breath and dry out. It is engineers NOT to be sealed with anything.

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    Funny this topic came up. When I was looking at used pups I noticed some of the wood was natural in color, looked to be nothing on it.

    The Rockwood I have has the bottom of the floor painted black. Not sure if it a sealer or paint.


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  6. reidsd

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    I agree with dupreet and others. I have experience with combining wood with water. I always paint the wood on ONE SIDE ONLY. This allows the wood to breathe or dry out in the event that it does get wet. The floor of the PU would be the sealed side, I guess. If you were to seal the wood completely and then water got in, you would definitely experience a great deal of rot. I have large fish tanks full of water on plywood bases painted only on the surface in contact with the tank. The bottom surface is raw wood. I have never, in over 30 years of doing this, ever seen rot in any of the plywood. Maybe I was just lucky but I always made sure the wood was never completely sealed in paint.

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    Pat,

    I would be just a curious as you about this. However, if it makes you feel any better, my 1969 Starcraft has its original flooring in it, also with no coating on the underside, and the only place that's really got any considerable softness is one corner where water was able to leak down into the flooring from above. In other words, water splashing up has not caused the floor to become more than "dried out/aged" in the 40 years it's been around.

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    Looks like I can change my plans for the weekend now, I wont be painting the underside of the camper. I was having a ballte of the three senses I do have left on this one...one was telling me to seal it to keep the water out in the first place, the other was telling me to leave it alone to allow the wood to breathe, and the third was eggin on the other two.
    It seems to be the concencus(?) of the group to leave it alone, so in 35 years when the floor rots out, Im gonna remind you guys that you told me to leave it alone, and now you gotta come and help me replace the floor...Mark your calendars...in 35 years form now, you got a project awaiting!!! LOL

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    my plywood is RAW and untreated on the underside....

    ITs also 35 years old and in excellent condition

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    Big_kid Virginia Beach, VA

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    Mine is the same, and intact after 41 years. Dark, but intact.

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