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Water damage, the good the bad and other upgrades
#31
I did a little more demolition tonight, and I discovered some things.

I can`t remove the wood frame over the cab, its screwed to the side walls from inside the walls, so I had to remove the rest
of the water damaged plywood the hard way, with a hammer and a pry bar. Now I have to remove any remaining staples and small
pieces of plywood from the bottom of the frame with it in place. 

So now that means I can`t screw the new piece of plywood to the bottom of the wood frame.
The only thing I have to use now is liquid nails, unless someone has a better way to do it ?.
I could cut part of the frame out and attach the plywood and then piece it back in and use corner
brackets to reattach it to the frame. I am open for ideas here.

Another thing I discovered while taking things a part tonight.
There are about forty screws that screw up into the wood bed frame from the cab. Maybe fifteen of the forty screws
were actually into the wood, the rest were just in the cab metal doing nothing. That will be corrected for sure.
1984 Cobra Class C 26'
On E 350 Chassis 
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#32
Don't use liquid nails, order this Sikaflex-221 ...get a few tubes, you'll want it for other things as well. When I order it from that link it's usually delivered 2 days later...

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#33
Where the staples were used to hold the 2x2's together, pocket screws should work. A Kreg pocket screw jig set can come in handy. YouTube is full of videos on uses.
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#34
x10 on the Kreg pocket screws and jig.

It is my most favorite and used tool in the whole building of Lady Arabella... Big Grin 

My first few van builds, from years ago, I used angle brackets. They worked but the ease of joining two pieces of wood together with the Kreg is childs play in comparison.
Worry is a misuse of imagination!
 
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#35
I checked out the Kreg pocket screw jig, and it looks like it would work, but I just can`t afford it right now.
But I do appreciate it being brought to my attention, because I didn`t know about it before now.

Any other ideas are welcome.
1984 Cobra Class C 26'
On E 350 Chassis 
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#36
There's a Kreg Pocket Screw kit, the jig allows you to do 2 screw holes with one set up. It's expensive!

Then there's the Kreg JR that only does one screw hole at a time. Truthfully, I really only ever would have needed 2 screw holes side by side, maybe, once or twice in the whole build.

The JR kit is very affordable.

I did find after using both Kreg screws and standard wood screws that the Kreg were vastly superior for the work...use them if you can.
Worry is a misuse of imagination!
 
Build link: http://www.cheaprvliving.com/forums/Thre...g-Arabella
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#37
another tip I like to use the deck screws with a lifetime warranty. they are awesome. they are coated and I have never seen them rust when used outside. they are a little pricey but they are great screws. http://www.homedepot.com/b/Lumber-Compos...mjZ1z12l90 . highdesertranger
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#38
I got some more work done today, I removed the dining area table and seating and that really opened things up.
The dining area, the part were you sit just seemed to big for the rv. With the dining area removed I was able to get to the last part of the over head bed trim and insulation, so I could remove it.

After removing the dining area seating, I noticed a small hump in the floor in two separate places.
After lifting up the edge of the carpet, there was a table support mount, and about three feet away there is another one.
They are factory installed and they both have a plug in them and have never been used. I have no idea why they would even be there ?.

I still have a very small water leak on the left side over the bed area. I ran out of Dicor last weekend, so I have ordered some more and it
will be here in a few days.
1984 Cobra Class C 26'
On E 350 Chassis 
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#39
Over the cab area cleaned up.

[Image: rv%20repair%20013_zpsh0w9kgdu.jpg]

Dining area.

[Image: rv%20repair%20002_zpssn8943st.jpg]

Dining area removed.

[Image: rv%20repair%20014_zpsbx7ppq0j.jpg]

Over the cab area cleaned up.

[Image: rv%20repair%20010_zpsgsu1pdck.jpg]
1984 Cobra Class C 26'
On E 350 Chassis 
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(10-29-2016, 10:35 PM)shadow Wrote: Over the cab area cleaned up.

[Image: rv%20repair%20013_zpsh0w9kgdu.jpg]

Dining area.

[Image: rv%20repair%20002_zpssn8943st.jpg]

Dining area removed.

[Image: rv%20repair%20014_zpsbx7ppq0j.jpg]

Over the cab area cleaned up.

[Image: rv%20repair%20010_zpsgsu1pdck.jpg]
Thank you for posting this. I am sure I have some damage in the same area. I, also was not told the truth about a lot of things with this Rv, but I have had a few things fixed now and it's home so I'll continue on with it. I don't like the dining area in mine either. I feel like it takes up too much space. I want a table and sitting area. I just don't like the way the one that is in there is done. Please continue to post pics as you finish the repairs.
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