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Monday, March 21, 2011

Mark's RV Garage: Episode 4

In this half-hour episode, Mark and his son Tyler continue their restoration of a 1967 Yellowstone travel trailer. Then Mark shows you some great RV products and travel destinations, and he tells the gripping story of their rescued dog Roxie, who Mark and his family (along with the vet) nursed back to good health from near death. This is the best RV feature program on the Web or on TV. Watch it.

When you are done with this episode, click here to see the previous one.


  1. It's a little hard to tell for sure, but it appears that you are not using treated lumber for the framing, floor repairs, etc. Why not?

  2. When done properly none of the wood in the trailer will be exposed to the elements. Based on my previous experience I have never seen treated wood used in recreation vehicles.

    Treated lumber has a tendency to twist and shrink as it drys and in most cases is heavier than 2X lumber. As you are probably aware, weight is always a concern.

    As a last note, treated lumber is really not intended for interior applications, mainly due to chemicals used to treat it.
    Mark Polk

  3. Mark, Howdy; I will have to do a water intrusion repair to my '95 TT. It's in the Front Roadside corner. It Starts just below the lower window frame area and extends down to almost the floor (I hope). As I fulltime I will have to do this during the dry time here in Central Utah (end of June start of July).
    I noticed that you were removing the skin from the bottom up... Is that the normal way or particular to the one you are working on? Which leads me to also ask... yep... when I reinstall the skin would I go from top down???

  4. There are some things to take into consideration when making repairs to RV sheet metal siding like: how long the sheets are (will it require more than one person), do windows need to be removed, do compartment doors need to be removed etc.

    Once you determine you can make the repairs you will need to remove the side molding and possibly the top molding as well (depending on where the damage is located). At this point you should see some staples in the metal along the edges. Carefully remove the staples trying not to bend or damage the metal.

    Metal RV siding has folds that allow one sheet to slide into another sheet. The sheets are put on from top to bottom, so when removing it you start at the bottom, and when re-installing it you start at the top. The bottom sheet is normally folded at the bottom to bend or curve under the RV. It will have staples as well. Each sheet is stapled at the edges and into the wood studs in the wall.

    After you remove the moldings you will see the staples and how the metal is attached. Just be careful you don't bend or damage the metal as you remove it.
    Mark polk

  5. I started rebuilding a 79 terry taurus,due to extensive rot I have rebuilt the front wall, back wall,and some floor. The trailer is gutted and the roof is off. I want to replace the siding but having trouble finding a place to get it, any ideas?


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