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Old 03-31-2021, 12:17 AM   #1
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Repair water damage step well

At some point water got in from outside. Two layers plywood damaged. Got them out and luckily supports 2 by 4 okay.

Issue is I needed to get door threshold out to put in new plywood.

Removed three screws holding from outside. But it will move.

How is it held in place?

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Old 03-31-2021, 12:41 AM   #2
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Not sure on a "Still Looking" brand/model/year RV.
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Old 03-31-2021, 06:54 PM   #3
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See attached photo of the situation. I have removed most of the damaged plywood. Two layers, lower under the threshold and the door frame. The upper sitting on top and flush with threshold.

All screws, staples, etc. very corroded with most square screw heads not usable.

RV sat for about one year without being used prior to us buying it. It was in new condition and after 15 months this is the only serious thing we from.

RV was a great back up generator during the Texas Winter Storm!
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:10 PM   #4
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Now we have the picture!

Unfortunately, I believe that threshold is attached to the door frame. I tried to remove mine to tighten up the strut attachment and ran into the same issue - would not come out after the screws were removed. I did not want to break the door frame loosed so I engineered another way to tighten up that strut post. You may not have that option.
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:50 PM   #5
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Thanks,
After the search in the Forum I figured it was part of the door frame. Removing likely not possible.

Think have a work around to get plywood in.

Just lucky damage was not more severe.

Wood has moisture content of 9% so it is dry.

Regards and have a great day
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Old 04-01-2021, 01:28 PM   #6
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Leak on a new unit? Any idea where the water is coming in? With the powered step right under it should provide some protection?

On mine, the outside is a silver insulation board with tape on the joints. When I got the unit last year I looked around the entire area to make sure nothing looked loose or caulk broken, etc. Steps and step wells generally get beat up from the wheels throwing debris so I include this in my twice yearly inspection.

Done it once, it will do it again.

Good job.
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Old 04-01-2021, 02:36 PM   #7
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Thanks for the comment to check underneath. I just had the step mount fixed as one side was attached to light sheet metal. Maybe ok for a 100lb person but not me at 230 lbs.

So will check that out today underneath!

Also can see recent seal repair near door, above hinge. Looks like water could have run down side and in at this point.

Wood screws were severely corroded and maybe water issue was early in RV's life. Transport from up North on roads with salt. Have seen salt corrosion in other places. And know RV was moved from Indiana to Texas in December 2018.

Learned now to check entire RV after each trip to see if any new leak points!

Thanks!
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Old 04-01-2021, 03:24 PM   #8
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good luck once you get all in place use the best materials and caulk everything. I use flex seal and once it sets all is good
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