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Old 10-02-2012, 09:50 AM   #1
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Cool Repairs to soft floors

I would like to start a thread on soft floor repairs. My 2010 two slider 5th wheel has several soft spots that focus around the sink and oven area. I have read several post on types of flooring used and it seams to be a standard for OSB. I am concidering the addition of a hardwood floating floor layed on top of the existing linoleum flooring and the clearance needed for the slider. Most of the hardwoods I have reviewed are 3/4". How will this height addition effect the slider? Additionally, will the slider scratch the surface of the new flooring? What other options are available, besides working outside under the RV?
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:33 AM   #2
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What make/model is your camper? Can you verify the floor construction at a heating vent?

Just asking as some floors are a laminated construction.

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Old 10-02-2012, 12:11 PM   #3
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A 2010 Forestriver Flagstaff 8528BHSS. Were full timers and have traveled..... I pulled a kitchen register and took pictures as I'm not sure the type of flooring. The linoleum looks to be glued down to luan type of floor. Additionally, the screw was and has backed out by itself several times..
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:31 PM   #4
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Flagstaff/Rockwood have laminated floors, not plywood or OSB on joists. You could install a wood laminate floor over the linoleum which may help solve the soft areas, but you need to be careful with the thichness that you add as the slide room has to clear it.

I've removed the carpet strip that was in front of the slide in ours (we already had minimum carpet) as I didn't like the looks of it. I put down a 1' wide piece of carpeting at each end of the slide when retracting it to protect the floors. You could do something similar to protect the wood laminate flooring.

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A 2010 Forestriver Flagstaff 8528BHSS. Were full timers and have traveled..... I pulled a kitchen register and took pictures as I'm not sure the type of flooring. The linoleum looks to be glued down to luan type of floor. Additionally, the screw was and has backed out by itself several times..
They have vinyl, hard wood looking plank flooring thats not heavy and 2mm thick or less. Its inexpensive and alot tougher than the vinyl sheet they use in RV's. I've seen it in housing and someone a while back did his entire tt with it, looked good.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:43 PM   #6
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While camping in Geneseo Illinois, I met a man who re[placed the flooring as it was so bad he fell thru the floor. He said the jack screws on the slide are adjustable. Any thoughts???
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There is some adjustment, not sure of the amount. If you're thinking of adding 3/4" on top of the existing flooring I would doubt that you could raise the slide that much without rubbing the roof. You could check with a service tech at a dealer.

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Agree that 3/4" is to much. Going to research a new inner locking hardwood floor from Lowes. It's a start.
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I just replaced a soft floor section in my Puma 25RS. Mine was from some water damage that came from a bad seal in the right front storage compartment. I used the OSB from Lowe's, 3/4 inch. I cut out the section that was bad with my jig saw. I cut down 2x4's to fit what was used in the manufacture process. I made a box, inserted it in the floor and screwed it into the existing floor supports, then after installing the insulation I put my OSB flooring on top of the box that I made. I reinstalled the linoleum in front with another new piece on top. I resealed every area that I could.
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I had problem too. Caused by too large a span of the support beams. One of the tanks was there as well as too thin a flooring material. Taken care of by Forest River.
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