Originally Posted by profdant139
Yikes! That sounds like a mess -- very sorry to hear about it. We had a leak in the front window of our 2003 T-139, but it was very easy to fix -- not nearly as involved as what you are now facing.
Is the exterior of your trailer aluminum or fiberglass? On our 2003, it was aluminum, and on our 2012 X-139, it is fiberglass.
If you are going to replace the wood, maybe use marine exterior plywood?? That way, even if the front cap leaks, the wood will not rot. But it is expensive stuff.
Once you have a watertight front cap and roof and have figured out what to do about the wood underneath, maybe consider a layer of Reflectix -- it is decent insulation and will not rot or collect water, unlike pink fiberglass wool.
Good luck, and keep us posted!
Yes, it was more damage than we thought was there.
It's more like the whole front end (except one side is ok).
The exterior is aluminum. The wood walls are only two layers of 1/8" wood on the walls with insulation sandwiched in between. I don't quite understand what holds the trailer all together! The exposed structure seems to be quite feeble.
That's an interesting thought to use marine wood...I don't see that it's ever available in 1/8". But maybe it would make sense to paint the outside layer of hardboard with marine paint.
I'm really glad you suggested Reflectix. I bought panels of 1" insulation board today, but I really don't know that it's actually going to work, since it has to be "squeezed" into a frame made of 1"x2" boards - and the 1" is actually more like 3/4" (as I'm sure you know). I've wondered about the Reflectix, but nobody has suggested it when I've asked what options there are. I can change my order, which has not yet been picked up. I'll have to check with the friend who's helping and see if he thinks it's as good an idea as I do.
Thanks for your response!