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i have 2010 montana and the floor in front of the shower squeaks. its extremely loud when its cold outside and it gets quieter as the day warms up. once it gets to the upper 80's the squeak is gone. i've looked from the basement while my wife walks the floor, but i can't really tell where its coming from or how i would fix it. what the heck do i do? when one of us gets up to pee it wakes the other, and it drives us both nuts in the mornings.





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I would think something rubs to make the sound and yuou will have to work at finding where and why. We have a 2001 alpenlite and sometimes after sitting in Az in the dry air we get a squeak at times. Nothing that makes a problem but look to see if some trim is moving at the shower area or maybe the floor moves up and down at the shower install to the floor. Hope somebody has fixed theirs to help you.
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I would think it is a warranty issue.

You should take it back to the dealer.

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I agree with Ken, it should be a warranty issue for you. OTOH, it sounds as if it is at a stress point so to speak where the floor deck is loose over a floor support, the frame, etc. and it goes away after it swells up from enough heat. If you can find the spot, I believe that you could resolve it fairly easily, it is probably somewhat difficult to pinpoint, as you have already found out. If you can physically touch the area, you can probably pinpoint it much easier by placing your fingers against the floor and sensing the location that way while your helper makes the floor squeal. I believe that you can feel where the spot is better than listening for it. Good Luck.

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A squeaky floor is almost always caused by a loose fastener.
If there is a nail or screw that goes down through the floor that was not put in tight enough, or they missed or partly missed the floor framing, the cause of the squeak is the floor plywood or whatever they used moving up and down on the fastener.

Picture a nail in a piece of wood with the head sticking up a bit out of the floor. The floor ply sits up off the joist a bit. When you step on it, the floor plywood moves down until it contacts the joist. The floor is moving up and down on the nail with that annoying noise.

The cure for that on a 2010 model year is WARRANTY!

The cure on a model out of warranty is to exactly locate the loose nail or screw and hammer or thread it in tighter, if it is only loose.

And / Or run a screw into the center of the joist in the area of the problem fastener. When the floor can't move, it can't squeak.

Now obviously you cant just go running screws through a finished lino floor. If carpet, you can run screws through it into the floor joist. This will take some careful calculations to determine where the joists are.


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Irritating. Got a squeak in my Alpenlite too. Right in front of table at what must be the spot stepped on most often.

I know. Loose screw or missed screw. Why don't they glue & screw these things together? Getting at them later is impossible. Carpet would have to come up. The carpet goes down before anything else interior goes in.

These things are not designed with future maintenance in mind.


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It's a camper. More squeeks to come. I have a couple also. Can't pin point it either. I just take the easy way out and ignore it.


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I have successfully addressed squeaks under carpet by running screws through the carpet, tightening the floor to the joists. The head of the screw pulls through the carpet, leaving a small hole that disappears into the carpet. Of course, if the carpet is very flat, you may see the hole.

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Earplugs will help.


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