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Old 07-24-2010, 10:23 PM   #1
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8313 rockwood floor buckling

I purchased this 2007 Rockwood 8313 a few months ago. I noticed the floor seems to be bulging and it seems to getting worse. When I say bulging, I don't mean just a bit unlevel or bouncy, but 5/8 inch tall bulges over a 4' length that rolls throughout the the camper. Enough the linoleum is lifting off the floor in the valleys. No, it isn't soft, I can't make the bulges go down.

It seems to be a bit worse than I remember it being when I bought it.

I pulled the bottom covering off the camper to look at the cross members, In the area that is the worst, the floor is bowing up off one of the cross member by 5/8 of an inch right where the bulge is on the inside. I can stick my fingers between the cross member and the floor. Where the floor is level, the floor sits on top of the crossmembers like expected.

So, what is causing this! what can I do about it, it is quite noticeable, even one of the slides seems to be rubbing funny on these humps when I slide the slideouts in.

I am the 2nd owner so I'm out of warranty. I know I can't afford to replace the floor myself. I wonder if Forest River would be willing to help out.

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Old 07-31-2010, 02:22 PM   #2
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Any input? anyone seen anything like this?

I emailed FR, they basically said it may be caused by over-flexing of the frame (I doubt that's the issue with this one, seems like the laminated floor is just bowing), and since I'm the 2nd owner, they really couldn't help me out.

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Old 07-31-2010, 02:37 PM   #3
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Sorry David, wished I had something for ya. I'm at a loss. Never experienced it before.
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Ya, I don't know either, haven't seen this before.

Thought I had made a good purchase, if I didn't have bad luck I wouldn't have any .....

Family and I do enjoy using it though, just hope it doesn't break in half or something, ha.
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Ya, I don't know either, haven't seen this before.

Thought I had made a good purchase, if I didn't have bad luck I wouldn't have any .....

Family and I do enjoy using it though, just hope it doesn't break in half or something, ha.
I would find an independant RV repair facility (not an RV dealer) that does work like that and ask a few questions, show them your pictures and get an idea of how they would fix it. If you feel up to tackling it and your handy with tools then you can probably figure it out, otherwise they can give you an estimate.

Glad to see you are at least still having fun with it despite your troubles and keeping your sense of humor.

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Any signs the floor has been wet?
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Old 07-31-2010, 10:49 PM   #7
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No, don't any signs of water damage. Perhaps the frame is twisted a bit? doubt it, but it is possible. Sure does seem as if the laminated foam floor simply bowing up off the crossmember by 5/8 inch to me.

I do know I won't buy an ultra-light again. I'll get something a bit more heavy duty next time, frame is really thin material. The 3500 lb axles and 15" C tires on this thing are maxed to the limit. I am impressed with the roominess of the unit though.
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Maybe try some good adhesive glue like liquid nails and weigh done the section which is bowing until the glue sets.

Just a thought
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Opps....sorry. Just looked at the pics again. Bowing in the wrong direction for that.

A bit perplexing I agree.
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Did you put the level on the frame? Might tell you if its the issue.
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