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Old 04-12-2019, 10:06 AM   #1
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Soft Floors Need Help Please

My name is Kelley and I am a full time RV resident and brand new owner of a 2016 Forest River Lacrosse. I came to this forum through Google as my RV needs extensive flooring repair. I hope to get some good suggestions as I am temporarily (hopefully) disabled and limited on income for the time being. I was sold this beautiful RV last month and saw no problems with it. Even though it had a "salvage rebuilt" title I looked it over for three hours with a fine tooth comb. Two days after I got it here I started noticing soft or spongey spots in the floor by the front door and in the hallway back to the bedroom. The spots have grown substantially in just a short month that I’ve had it Are all the Google posts that I have read so far true? Is this really as big of a nightmare and expense as everyone says? Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I just got gouged for $500 for a set of rickety wooden steps 😔 I do not have a trustworthy handyman

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Old 04-12-2019, 10:15 AM   #2
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Not being able to see your R/V, answering your questions can be difficult.

Keep in mind, when building an R/V, the floor is the first thing to go down and everything is built on top of it. Rotted flooring can go under the walls and other places of structure.

I'm not saying yours is that way but again, without seeing it, we are only guessing.

If you are disabled and not able to do the repairs yourself, you need to hopefully find someone better than whomever took you for $500 to build you a set of steps. The repairs to an R/V floor will be way more involved than step building.

Best of luck to you and I hope you heal quickly.

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Old 04-12-2019, 10:26 AM   #3
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You're in Houston and bought an RV with a salvaged title. I'm guessing it was probably flooded.
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:32 AM   #4
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it could very well be rotted floors or it could be the laminate flooring they use this is a know issue . on the laminate flooring they sandwich Styrofoam between to sheets of 1/8 inch luan . either way no fix except cutting out and replacing . if the unit was flooded it should have been disclosed but this isn't the housing industry with rule of disclosures
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:50 AM   #5
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A salvage title means it was considered a total loss to the insurance co. Sorry
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Old 04-12-2019, 11:22 AM   #6
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Dad always taught me "you get what you pay for" The salvage title is a instant "I can't afford it at any price"
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Old 04-12-2019, 12:10 PM   #7
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Thank you for your response. I was going to take pictures but there’s really nothing to see there is no indentations in the floor, the walls are not delaminating, they are just soft/spongey spots that keep growing one by the front door to in the hallway into in the bathroom it’s not anything I could take a picture of really. I do know the shower is leaking around the drain I don’t know how long that has been but I’m assuming it could run throughout the trailer correct ?
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Old 04-12-2019, 12:14 PM   #8
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I was told specifically it was NOT flooded and that a "Salvage Rebuild" title is completely different than just a salvage title. Is this not correct?
I was told that there was a small leak in the slideout at the dealership, but even though they fixed the leak and replaced all the floor in the slide out then they could not sell it as brand new and the banks will not finance it so they sent it to auction which is where the individual I bought it from got it supposedly
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Old 04-12-2019, 12:37 PM   #9
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I have no idea what the title means and since you bought it from an individual, you have not a lot of options.

If that whole floor was flooded, you're in for a major expense and a handiman isn't going to be able to handle the repair.

If that rig went through Hurricane Harvey, the pounding rains and wind could have driven that rain through the windows, roof, door and damaged the floor. Once the subfloor gets damaged, it begins to disintegrate and the more you walk on it, the more the floor is damaged. That sounds like what's happening to you.

In our travels, we have a small travel trailer whose entry was damaged by a leak under the door from rain. We had a friend cut out the damage and replace it with plywood. A leak in the shower could do similar damage because water can travel throughout the trailer.

There's really no way to know what caused the damage, but you need a reliable shop that does rv floor repairs to assess the needed repairs.

So sorry you're having this trouble.
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Old 04-12-2019, 01:30 PM   #10
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All excellent comments, Kelley, but at this point everyone here is in an information void.

Known fact: 2016, soft floor, new to you.

Photo’s are worth a thousand words but as the say in real estate, location, location, location.

Photo’s from above as you stated will show nothing. You need eyes on the flooring from below.

Our ‘85 TT and our 2016 5er have a layer of protection under the floor. The TT has an aluminum pan while our 5er has a plastic bottom board. Since it is a 2016, I am GUESSING a plastic bottom board. Photo’s of it are equally useless.

What you need are well lit pictures of the spongy area from below. There are a few ways of doing this without further damaging your trailer.

Check with your family, friends or your neighborhood auto store (you know the one who lends tools) and borrow a digital inspection camera. (If you must, Harbor Freight has one that costs $75. Maybe not ideal but. HAVE THEM DEMONSTRATE ITS USE!)

Take pictures close up and as wide a view as possible considering the probable light limitations. From there, Share. Maybe someone can offer better suggestions other than total gloom.

Information can be your friend, you are not totally friendless.

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