I hadn’t heard back from the forums, so I still wasn’t sure what my best plan of action was. Floor first? Walls? I decided to concentrate on peeling back as much wallpaper as I could to find out the full extent of the damp patch.
Firstly, though, I went around the exterior and taped up every single possible water ingress I could find. Then back inside, I worked away at the big damp patch.
I’ve been wanting to take out the bathroom since I got the van; I don’t use it (No water or chem toilet disposal, also, I hate chemical toilets) and I hate the smell of chemical toilets. I once spent a hot summer working on a tiny island, with about 30 visitors a day, where one main job was emptying the chemical toilet buckets twice a day.
(One awful morning, as I carried a bucket up a hill to the six foot deep latrine pit we’d spent two weeks digging, I felt a tickling in my ear, and having a scratch with my finger, I dislodged a large spider. At that moment I got over my arachnophobia.)
I had a load of my stuff stored in the caravan bathroom. I moved all that into the house (temporarily – a week max, I think, then I need to find somewhere for it) and as I wasn’t sure where to start with the damp room, I thought I could start taking out the bathroom.
Thetford’s finest C402 casette toilet. Easy to remove, according to the internets, as it’s only held in by four screws, but I still spent ages staring into the exterior door underneath it trying to find a couple of screws that were in a really obvious place.
I removed the waste tank (you can just see it where I stowed it under the van to the right of the plastic thing). Sadly my screwdriver was too big for the gap, and I couldn’t get the screws out. I want an early start tomorrow, with the aim of finding a smaller screwdriver and removing the bathroom.
It was getting dark, then it started raining. Tomorrow I will utterly remove the bathroom, and hopefully by then someone on the forums will point me at where I should be starting with the rest!