Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-17-2016, 08:55 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 4
Floor bolts backing out

I've been trying to find info on how to fix the bolts that are backing out of my floor. When we bought our TT (2011 FR Rockwood Windjammer) I noticed a small bump in the floor, didn't think anything of it. Since we've been traveling there are now 5 bumps, two are getting progressively worse and eventually will probably come through the floor.

I can't access them from underneath and I'm afraid to cut the flooring and ruin it but I don't think there are any other options. What if I can't tighten them?

Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated.

__________________

__________________
LoriMeyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 09:57 AM   #2
Head Rambler
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Southwest Alabama
Posts: 3,481
I can't see the picture on either of my devices.

Why can't you access them from underneath the unit?
__________________

__________________
Salem 29RKSS Pushing a 2500 Mega-Cab CTD!
Gotta go campin!
Bama Rambler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 10:05 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albany, GA.
Posts: 641
"LoriMeyer", photos say so much more than we can explain. IF you can take and post photos that would really help. My thoughts: Are these "bolts" maybe actually screws? Are they under a floor covering so that you cannot see the actual bolt/screw, but can feel the bump? Are they near something that is bolted/screwed to the floor? There are so many variables here that we, on this forum, cannot offer help at this time. We just need a bit more info to help you.
__________________
Thurman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 10:19 AM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 4
They are bumps directly under the linoleum, maybe screws that are coming up. I can't access them from underneath because there is another subfloor covering them. I believe they are screws securing the wood flooring to the frame. There are 10 bumps in all, 2 are really coming up.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20160817_202436-1-1.jpg
Views:	50
Size:	309.6 KB
ID:	117689  
__________________
LoriMeyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 10:56 AM   #5
Head Rambler
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Southwest Alabama
Posts: 3,481
If the other sub-floor is the coroplast underbelly covering, you should remove it and then you may be able to access the screws/bolts.

If they are screws, and you can't access them from underneath, the bad news is that you'll most likely have to damage the flooring in order to fix the problem.

If you could see the tips of them under the floor, you may be able to take a good pair of Vise-Grip type pliers and grip it and 'screw' them back in.
__________________
Salem 29RKSS Pushing a 2500 Mega-Cab CTD!
Gotta go campin!
Bama Rambler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 11:21 AM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 4
The bad news is I have to cut the flooring. The screws are located under another sub floor after I cut open the chloroplast underbelly.
__________________
LoriMeyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 12:40 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 353
Quote:
Originally Posted by LoriMeyer View Post
The bad news is I have to cut the flooring. The screws are located under another sub floor after I cut open the chloroplast underbelly.
Then you need a sharp razor knife and a heat gun ( a good hair dryer may work).

Heat the area around one of the screws, cut an x about 2 by 2 centered directly over the screw, then carefully lift he corners while heating them so they bend instead of break. Tighten the screw. Add a bit of adhesive and carefully bend the flooring back down. If you have a small rolling pin, you can roll the area while keeping heat on it and it may lay back down so you can barely see the incision.
__________________
ShermanD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 03:48 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albany, GA.
Posts: 641
ShermanD's answer is exactly what I would do. I have seen nails in residential structures with linoleum work out and make a bump such as what you have. Do what ShermanD suggested then lay something, a towel or piece of cardboard, on the floor to keep from damaging the linoleum and IF it is a nail pull it out. Go to a home building supply store and find some "pallet nails" or "screw nails" the same length. Replace the nails that are coming up with these. I'm thinking that the factory fastens the flooring to metal parts of the frame and the fasteners are likely a screw. IF the fasteners are screws you can reuse the same one's but I would add something like "Gorilla glue" to them to keep them from backing out again. When you are ready to put the linoleum back into place use some regular super glue under each flap of linoleum to keep it down.
__________________
Thurman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 04:59 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
beechjr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Florida Panhandle
Posts: 11
Bolts backing out

My blue ridge fifth wheel did the same thing, had to remove the underbelly cover and use channel lock pliers and screw back into frame. Also put nut on bottom to lock in place😡 suggest checking all while underneath, was not easy job. Mine where carriage head bolts attaching subfloor to frame, do not know if yours is the same, but it sounds like it. Good luck
__________________
2013 Forest River Blue Ridge 3025RL
2005 Chevy 3500 Crew Cab Duramax
beechjr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 05:11 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 1,748
Are we still in warranty. If not looks like the cut-X method would be your best bet.
__________________

__________________
Still Kickin 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




» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




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

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:21 AM.