Know what? Many buyers think floors when they step inside your motor home. This is because the flooring is one of the most crucial aspects of any living space. A worn-out floor may make your RV look shabby and older than it is. Every crack, hole and soft spot on the floor may mean a missed opportunity for you. Do not allow the damaged flooring deprive you of the right amount of cash for your motor home; they are easy to fix. Here are a few tips that would help you to address this issue:
Assess the Nature and Extent of Damage
Before you start the repairing work, find out what caused the damage and how serious the problem is. For example, a hole in the floor can be caused due to the falling of something heavy; a simple patchwork can fix it. Use rugs or carpet film to hide localized blemishes. However, be wary of soft spots; they indicate more severe issue such as water damages. If you notice signs of water damages, remove the flooring material and check the substrate. If you find it dampened, get ready for complex repairs.
Addressing Issues Relating to Soft Spots
Soft spots on the RV floor may lead to dangerous consequences. If it is in a bad shape, you will have no other option than replacing the affected portion of the flooring. Here is how you should proceed step by step:
Take the Damaged Part Out: You will need a square and a felt-tip marker and a circular saw to remove the soft floor covering. Consider yourself fortunate, if you have plywood instead of particle board under the floor. The latter variety, which tends to get powdery easily, makes the job more challenging. Whatever may be your flooring material, first, tap and press the surface to determine the exact size of the soft spot. Then draw a rectangle around it to mark the part you have to cut out. Next, cut the marked portion with the circular saw. Make sure that you have set it at a thickness that equals to the floor depth. Once the hole is made, use a pry bar and hammer to scrape out the worn-out material.
Prepare Place for the New Floor: The new plywood will need support. Use a lumber of suitable size for that purpose. Otherwise, create a system of cleats. If the existing floor joist is very close to the damaged area, just attach another unit to it. In this way, you will be able to accommodate the new plywood easily.
Cover the Cracks: The saw may create some cracks on the floor. One easy way to fix them is using a floor-leveling material. But, it may not last long. The automotive body filler is another excellent solution, although filling cracks with it will be a lengthy process. At first, mix the filler properly, pour it through the cracks and let it dry. You may need to sand the area with a belt sander. The cracks won’t become smooth in one shot. So, apply the filler multiple times. Also, don’t forget to cover the screws with the filler. Any imperfection becomes more prominent on a vinyl floor. So, be extra careful, when you have it. Repairing the carpet or laminated floor is comparatively easy as they cover many flaws.
Invest in Waterproofing the Wooden Floor
If your floor is in tiptop shape, waterproof it to enhance the value of your motor home. First, uncover wood supporting and leave it for a week. Once the moist wood is air-dried completely, treat it with epoxy resin. It will prevent water damage for a long time even if the RV is taken to a humid area. Include this cost in your asking price and explain to your prospects how they are going to benefit from this upgrade.
A well-maintained RV with perfect flooring always attracts buyers. So, don’t hesitate to spend some money on fixing flooring issues if you want to optimize the amount of cash for your motor home. You can also, take help from RV experts to know what other investment might fetch a high price for your vehicle.