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Huntindog

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Posted: 01/04/22 05:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

FWIW I have had a 1975 Prowler, 2001 Fleetwood Wilderness. 2010 Palomino Sabre, and now a 2021 GrandDesign Momentum.

None of them had the types of floors that you all are speaking of (BTW, I call them Sandwich) I would not ever buy one of those. I have friends that had problems, as well as reading about it online.
It is possible to buy one without it... Yes it may cost a little more, but how much will that problem child cost down the road?



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Huntindog wrote:

FWIW I have had a 1975 Prowler, 2001 Fleetwood Wilderness. 2010 Palomino Sabre, and now a 2021 GrandDesign Momentum.

None of them had the types of floors that you all are speaking of (BTW, I call them Sandwich) I would not ever buy one of those. I have friends that had problems, as well as reading about it online.
It is possible to buy one without it... Yes it may cost a little more, but how much will that problem child cost down the road?

Huntingdog maybe you'll be more convincing than me. Nothing I said made any sense including the term sandwich

Problem down the road you say!
It won't be a problem at all. Just put down some 1/4" luan and everything will be fine.[emoticon]


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"What causes soft floors"

In my case of my past thor, it was wicking up from underneath most likely caused from condensation. Tailer had no delamation, no roof leaks, nothing anywhere I could find a leak source. Floor construction: starting from down going up was very thin sheet metal,lauan,styrofoam, lauan then topped with linoleum all glued.

I ended up dremming out patches of the sheet metal, replaced with bug screen. This allowed the wood to dry out underneath and on the top side I cut out the linoleum, allowed the wood to dry out and topped with new plywood and those stick on linoleum tiles. This was not a cure all but certainly a heck of a good remission repair. I ended up getting 11 years out of a poorly constructed trailer.

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Pertinent YouTube video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE0fh-cGSec

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Skibane wrote:

Pertinent YouTube video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE0fh-cGSec


^^Very interesting video! Not going to be a fun watch, if you are the owner of similar trailer. Almost all later model trailers have a slide out, like one in video. This makes adding flooring, making it thicker a real challenge.

I can see why someone with an old trailer, no slides, could cobble the flooring by adding thicker plywood, and just meeting cabinets, repairing just the walking traffic area.

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^^ yikes, yeah that is very scary. I was lucky with my thor as the damage was located in the front 1/3 of the trailer so no slides or appliances to deal with. I removed my seating and was able to go wall to wall with new plywood.

Theres probably a zillion of these floors out there and I read online about spongy floors all the time. My present Jayco has the similar type floor, floor is solid though. (Jayco seems to do a better job on construction vs thor or others) [emoticon]

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^Jayco was purchased by Thor in 2016.

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^ yes you are correct, guess I was thinking more about my 2011 Jayco & prior thor aerolite.

I still have faith in some of the newer Jayco products

Mike

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