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Old 11-13-2014, 12:23 PM   #1
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Hello Folks - I have a 2009 Jayco 226 (light weight) trailer and unfortunately have incurred damage to the floor (3 X 6 and 2 X 4 areas) from a water leak. Once I have found and sealed the leak I would then like to cover the damaged floor with 1/2 or 3/4 inch plywood and new linoleum or carpet, henceforth creating a new floor. Is this something you would advise against? Are there any pros and cons to this method? I have read a lot of articles concerning floor repair but they are very involved projects and I am very limited with time due to long commutes and family commitments. Thanks in advance for any comments received - GB
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Old 11-13-2014, 12:35 PM   #2
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When Jayco builds these trailers, the entire floor gets covered in one big piece of laminate/vinyl or whatever it is. Then all the walls and cabinets and everything get put on top of that. It's a 1 piece floor.

Other members here have replaced their flooring by laying new stuff on top of the old stuff, and just cutting it to the right size to fit around the floorplan shape. You can then use some quarter round or other trim to hide the edges where they meet the walls/cabinets etc.

If you are planning on cutting out pieces of the plywood flooring and repairing, you would need to access the underside of the trailer by dropping tanks, cutting the belly, removing insulation, and making your patch somehow. It would be quite a process.
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Old 11-13-2014, 12:45 PM   #3
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I think you would need to get everything dry before you consider a method of repair. This would require you to dry it out underneath and on top of the old floor.
Mold is a real issue when repairing water damage and you do not want to cover anything until it's bone dry.
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Old 11-13-2014, 03:08 PM   #4
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Your method of covering the entire floor with plywood then linoleum may actually be one of your only EASY choices if that is a Jayfeather with the luan and foam sandwich floor system, and I suspect it is. Those floors can get soft and the supports underneath are not close together like in more traditional floors with plywood and wooden joists. Placing the plywood over the whole floor may spread out the weight and buy you several more years with that unit.You could also look underneath and see if there is any way to add additional support members under the soft areas to give the newly installed floor more strength. Only problem is the project will also add weight to a trailer that may have a limited cargo carrying capacity being it is a lightweight. But since you are limited for time I cannot think of any other options that are not very involving.....
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Old 11-13-2014, 07:42 PM   #5
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We have a 2010 22'6" with a soft floor in the bathroom from a leak I can't find.

I think I will rip and tear, try and fix the leak, then lay some 1/4 inch GIS ply over top.

Use it for another year or two with luck then trade it in.

JMHO, Dave.
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Old 11-14-2014, 05:52 AM   #6
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Yes it could definitely get pretty involved depending on what is underneath the floor such as holding tanks and plumbing. I don't know on your model how the floor was built but on our 2015 we visited the factory and they built the whole floor with 2 by 3 studs and tongue and groove on top glued and screwed .... Depending on where the damage is you might be able to surface cut throu the ply just deep enough to remove it then brace around it with some 2 by or something to rescrew the new to. But I am sure it would be a project to say the least. Good luck
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Thanks, I know it's going be a big one after poking around a bit. But stuff happens. I figure a dealer would know in minutes whether to junk it out or leave it in a corner for a winter employee project.
Maybe a factory visit isn't as weird as I once thought it was!
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I do have the luan and foam sandwich floor system, which would be better...screws or glue when laying down the new plywood? Thanks for your help.
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Xavblk; first find the source of the problem and fix that. As a alternative you can lay laminate flooring. Available also in Vinyl type (Allure), you be surprised by the weight it will carry. With some innovation you can repair cheap and have some good use out your unit till you decide to trade.


If you want to laydown plywood use glue and screws. Be sure the screws are not sticking out.
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Thank you Aljo!
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