Forest River Forums
Sunline User Photos


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-05-2012, 08:44 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 1
Floor replacement

Hey guys, i have a 2006 flagstaff 27bhss with a single slide. i have several spots where the floor is soft. has anybody ever put a new floor over the already soft floor. if not does anyone have a floor drawing of how this floor is made. just getting into camping and not liking a soft floor. have not found any leaks
__________________

__________________
alabama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 09:10 AM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 2,381
Sorry, can't help much, but will offer this. You can't just put some plywood down since you have a slide. If you raise the main floor, by putting a new floor over the old one, the slide won't come in. Just something to think about.
__________________

__________________
LadyWindrider
2012 Ford F250 ext. Cab 4x4
2002 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
2008 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic

2008 Work and Play 18LT
LadyWindrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 09:21 AM   #3
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
f1100turbo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 24,094
Quote:
Originally Posted by alabama
Hey guys, i have a 2006 flagstaff 27bhss with a single slide. i have several spots where the floor is soft. has anybody ever put a new floor over the already soft floor. if not does anyone have a floor drawing of how this floor is made. just getting into camping and not liking a soft floor. have not found any leaks
Welcome to the forum!
You'll get good advice on your problem!
Have fun!
__________________
2011 palomino sabre 32 bhok-6
2012 nights camped (34) FINAL
2013 nights camped (28)FINAL
2014 nights camped (32)
http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...58-albums.html
f1100turbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2012, 06:31 AM   #4
Member
 
kingranch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 75
From doing mobile home repairs I found the best but PITA way is to remove the decay and replace.
Go at least 12 beyond around area and remove that
__________________
kingranch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2012, 07:23 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 201
Your floor is probably not rotting, but simply poor construction.
If it is like the new Flagstaffs, the floor is made up of a sandwich of two very thin pieces of plywood, and I use the term loosely, with the floor framing and styrofoam in between. The three layers are glued and then squeezed together until dry. This makes a very light, but very pathetic, floor.
The "plywood" they use is actually just luan, the same cheap crap they use under the fibreglass skin of the outside walls. It is very poor quality, an much weaker than regular plywood. FR uses it because it is cheap.
Unfortunately, over time, the thin plywood will flex as you walk over it, and the styrofoam underneath will begin to crush. That just gets worse and worse, resulting in a 'soft' floor. It is worse if you have heavy-footing people, or kids, stomping around in the camper. We don't even wear shoes in ours!

The only solution I can think of is to skim the low spots with the kind of mud they use to finish under vinyl flooring for your house, then lay down some laminate flooring, with the planks going across the floor joists. You should have enough space under the slide to lay down 3/8 laminate, and the slide can always be adjusted a bit if not.

Good luck!
__________________
DonG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2012, 11:31 AM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 2
I have a 2008 27bhss and the floor next to the bed on the door side felt like it was soft. After looking into it further it is rotten all along the outside of the wall. I called Forest River today and talked to Mike at 574-389-4600 ext 124. I told him about it and he said it only had a two year warranty on the floor. He told me that he couldn't help me, but to go back to my dealer and have them take pictures of it and they could plead my case to Forest River and maybe the would possible be able to help then. The only problem is my dealer went out of business. He told me to call another dealer in town and they could do it. Mike already told me that Forest River wouldn't fix it. I'm glad I payed $18000 for a product that has no company backing.
__________________
Syester is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2012, 12:02 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 201
Quote:
Originally Posted by Syester View Post
I'm glad I payed $18000 for a product that has no company backing.
Your camper is 5 years old, do you really expect FR to warranty their products forever?
If the floor is rotten by the door, there must have been water getting in there, and it should have been noticed by the owner.
As owners, we are responsible for looking after our campers. We all know how bad any kind of water infiltration is, so need to be always diligent is checking caulking and seals.
After all, it is our money on the line.
__________________
DonG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2012, 12:09 PM   #8
Strictly Stock 5er
 
OldCoot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 15,637
Just a suggestion to DonG & Syester, why don't you just rip the entire floor up down to the joists and install composite decking. Problem solved.
__________________
Days camped in 2014-76
Total Days camped in 2013-141: 2012-118
2012 Flagstaff 8528RKWS towed w/ 2005 Silverado 1500 Ext. Cab
Camping since Aug1960
“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain
OldCoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2012, 03:35 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 2
The rotten floor was caused by the water heater having a slow drip on the backside of the water heater and the water slowly caused the floor to soak it up over time. The floor was never wet inside of the camper or even noticable in the storage compartment. The underside of the trailer has a black plastic membrane so you can't see if there are problems starting. The floor is the main "foundation" of the trailer. So yes, since the trailer is only four years old I would hope FR would at least try to help resolve the issue instead of telling me they won't fix it after talking with me four about two minutes. As for you dunnnc that is the kind of stupid answer I have learned to expect for engineers. Alabama I hope someone can send you some cut sheets or pictures of the floor/ framing so you can understand what you are going to have to do before you start your project. Best of luck.
__________________
Syester is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2012, 04:24 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 201
Quote:
Originally Posted by Syester View Post
As for you dunnnc that is the kind of stupid answer I have learned to expect for engineers.
Yes, that was rather rude and unhelpful.

Syester, I can understand your frustration, but it is questionable whether your leak was there from the beginning, or caused by the hammering that all campers take going down the road.
I guess it just serves as a lesson to all of us to be constantly alert to anything that might come loose or break. The campers do take a beating, and they aren't built all that well.
Stay well.
__________________

__________________
DonG is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:42 AM.


Forest River RV News right to your Email!

Stay up-to-date with Forest River news to your inbox

unsusbcribe at anytime with one click

Close [X]