Originally Posted by capucine
Avocadoman1: I am reading your tread regarding your floor. I think you made a mistake about the construction of the minilite floor. There is no tonge and groove and no 3/4 inches floor eather. This floor is constructed the same way than the walls with an aluminum framework for the floor. It is a sandwitched floor that includes: a vinyll flooring, a luan sheet, hard syrofoam, another sheet of luan and to finish a darco black menbrane under. All these pieces are bonded together with a special glue. If you have a soft spot it can mean that you have a problem. There is a possibility that there is a leak that created some damages to your floor and has caused some delamination of the floor and created a soft spot. Check it before it will be too late. It is very expensive to repair!
after further review, i stand corrected.
the floor of my 2008-Mini Lite 1809 is the same thickness as the walls.
there has been no de-lamination of the floor.
there has been no water leak.
there is no failure in the floor other than "user over-use".
the floor is designed for a 150-175# person using it one weekend/month.
i am a 240# man and i use this Mini Lite 20 nites/month for business purposes.
So...i just had a 220# man walk back & forth along the 3' wide x 8' long area of the floor that is most traveled, while i inspected underside.
when viewing underside, i see "give" in the floor.
that is, due to minimal cross supports (they are about 4' apart they run side-to-side, from the front to the back), the floor gives when a person walks on it.
thus, between the 4' spaced cross supports there is nothing but the "sandwiched" floor to support a large man.
and i see where the panels are joined on the underside, that point gives the most.
the seam runs side-to-side, and appears to give a bit more due to nothing supporting the seam.
that's my story. nothing is defective, the floor has not failed.
it's just been subjected to alot of use.
all of that said...there are so many great features of this product:
- lightweight (can pull it w/ a V6 sport utility vehicle)
- dual axle (doesn't sway when pulled)
- a 16' box (21' from front of hitch to rear spare) that lives like a house
- everything has functioned perfectly
this is a great coach!