So far this is the most extensive demolition we’ve done on the RV. We are suiting up and preparing for the worst: mold. Our hazmat suits include respirator masks, eye protection, long sleeves, and gloves. Once we dig in, we discover the water damage is more pervasive than we anticipated. We tackle 4 separate areas including the bedroom wall and ceiling, both sides of the over cab, and a wall behind the passenger seat.
We tear into the water-damaged areas and remove the rotted paneling, wood framework and moldy insulation – which allows those spots to dry. We also use a natural and effective homemade tea tree oil spay to destroy mold spores. Here is a link to the recipe we used: https://brightnest.com/todos/learn-how-to-kill-mold-naturally
Before we can move onto the next step–reframing and rebuilding– we must remove ALL of the damage and give the areas enough time to fully dry out.
NOTE: The first step in treating water damage in your RV is NOT removing the damage, it’s stopping the leak. Once you’re sure that the leak is no longer active, you can begin the demo process – the fun part :-)! We re-sealed the roof with a self-leveling LAP sealant prior to tackling this project.
As you’ve seen in other videos, this renovation has been full of surprises and this project is no exception. As we cut into the walls we notice they are stamped with formaldehyde warnings. Formaldehyde is a chemical used to produce wood products – especially those found in pre-manufactured homes and RVs. Exposure to formaldehyde can cause health problems, mostly respiratory issues. Of course this information was unnerving – the RV is our home. Good news: We found a product that can be applied to walls, floors, etc. that stops formaldehyde off-gassing. In a future video, we’ll show you how we combated the problem of formaldehyde in our RV to ensure the air we’re breathing isn’t a toxic hazard.
Dampen the moldy areas prior to removing them using a spray bottle of water or a mold-killing tea tree oil mixture (link to recipe above) in order to prevent mold spores from becoming airborne.
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STYLE: Class C motorhome
MODEL: Yellowstone Camino Classic
LENGTH: 28ft + Hitch and scooter
WEIGHT: 10,000 lb (approx.)
CHASSIS: Ford Econoline Club Wagon (e350)
ENGINE: Ford 460 7.5L V8 engine
MPG: 6.5 (on average)
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