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Old 02-12-2012, 07:31 AM   #1
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FloorRe- Bracing at Factory

Greetings All!

I have just finalized arraingements with FR to pick up my 2011 8528 RKS Fith Wheel to haul back to the Factory to rebrace the floors. Ours have a few soft spots as well as a couple of sags.

There was never a question or query from the FR warranty rep, and told us immediately to get the unit to them.

We hope that this will take only about 4-6 weeks from pick up to drop off!

So far, we are really pleased with the attention that we have recieved on this issue. Numerous calls, emails, voice messages give us the impression that FR does seem to care.

Final results are always the guage, lol!

Take care and happy camping!


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Old 02-16-2012, 07:34 PM   #2
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I have a soft spot in my kitchen and the dealer won't do anything about it, saying it is common in lightweight units. Do you know how they are planning on bracing the floor? Mine appears to be a thin piece of plywood with styrofoam under it sandwiched with another layer of plywood. I was planning on installing Pergo or similar flooring when the vinyl gets beat up, I figure that will help firm up the floor.

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Old 02-17-2012, 09:38 AM   #3
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backin15...We also have an Ultra lite model with the laminate floor system. Just because it is lightweight, it still should function properly. We paid as muchfor our rv as anyone else, we just wanted a light weight to tow;

I contacted Forest River Direct and at first the floor overlay was mentioned to me...but I just said that any sags or soft floor would still be there. Just under a prettier flooring, lol!

At the Indiana factory, they are going to go under and rebrace the floor in between the current braces. The only problem with this is that we are fulltimers and will be without our rv for 4-6 weeks.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:35 PM   #4
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Unfortunately, rebracing the floor probably won't solve the problem.
I didn't know how they made the floors in these lightweight units, and if I had known, I probably wouldn't have bought one. It is ridiculous to use such a thin plywood over styrofoam and expect it to stand up to normal use. We are very careful with ours, and never wear shoes inside. And we never, EVER, step heavily coming down the stairs from the bedroom.

Over time, in a heavy traffic spot, the thin plywood will press down and compress the styrofoam, and you end up with a "soft spot".

The only real solution I can see is too fill the soft areas with a filler, like that used under vinyl flooring, and then to use a good heavy laminate flooring. The laminate will distribute the weight, basically taking the load of the heavier plywood that should have been there in the first place.

These lightweight trailers appear to be constructed to be disposable, like everything else we buy these days. Use it for ten years, then park it in the bush. Ours will last much longer, but only because we baby it. That shouldn't be necessary.
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:28 PM   #5
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Our 2011 MicroLite 18RB as we used the camper the floor keep getting weaker. Took it back to the dealer in Jan. Forest River said it would have to go back to factory for repair. They picked it up early this month. I will post what was done when I get the camper back
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