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Old 07-16-2012, 11:15 PM   #1
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Front step flex

As I am finishing up my TV install today, I notice that the fold out step on the camper is flexing. I would assume that a little give is normal but then I notice that the floor on the inside of the door on the right flexes up when the step flexes down! I assume this is a floor issue. Anyone seen this or have an idea of how to fix? Would the linoleum be easy to lift up to get access?

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Old 07-16-2012, 11:30 PM   #2
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What year and model? if you can, post some pictures, it may help
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:34 PM   #3
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As I am finishing up my TV install today, I notice that the fold out step on the camper is flexing. I would assume that a little give is normal but then I notice that the floor on the inside of the door on the right flexes up when the step flexes down! I assume this is a floor issue. Anyone seen this or have an idea of how to fix? Would the linoleum be easy to lift up to get access?

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The best way to fix it is to put an angle iron brace from the bottom of the step frame on both sides up to the frame. Doesn't stop it completely, but is sure minimizes it. I'll take some pictures tomorrow.

BTW, if your steps have rivets in the pivots, suggest drilling them out and replacing with 5/16" gr 8 bolts, washers & locknuts.
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This is for a 2004 255RS.

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The best way to fix it is to put an angle iron brace from the bottom of the step frame on both sides up to the frame. Doesn't stop it completely, but is sure minimizes it. I'll take some pictures tomorrow.
If you can do this, that would be great!

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If you can do this, that would be great!

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Here are the pictures, yours no doubt is different, but you will get the idea. The rear brace on mine goes to the 2x4 tube that goes across the trailer.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:53 AM   #6
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You may also want to check under the linoleum a bit to make sure you didn't have any leaks causing dry rot. Especially if you have had the trailer awhile and are just noticing the issue.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:03 PM   #7
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I do worry about the floor. The original owner had a hot water heater issue and had to replace it. That is underneath the cabinet right next to the door...

I need to look at the step from underneath. Those pics are hard to figure out
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I had dry rot in my last trailer. It's not too bad to fix it. Let me know if you need any help and I can recommend what I use to fix mine
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If I pull up the metal strip at the door opening, should I be able to lift the linoleum up easily? Is it glued? I have not looked to see if if extends under the cabinet yet.

I will definitely need to try and add some metal underneath to beef it up some.
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If I pull up the metal strip at the door opening, should I be able to lift the linoleum up easily? Is it glued? I have not looked to see if if extends under the cabinet yet.

I will definitely need to try and add some metal underneath to beef it up some.
You may, as I am unsure of how your unit is, it will be glued down, but if its dry rot, then it may be pretty loose. It most likely does extend (unless previous fix or damage) as the manufacturer places the wood down, then lays linoleum throughout before putting ANYTHING in the unit. Yours should be front to back one giant piece. If its any different, it most likely has been repaired prior. Dont force it up, if its stuck good, then look around your water heater as you said it was replaced due to an issue. See if you see anything at the base. discoloration or dry rot if there is no linoleum in that area.

When mine had the dry rot, the linoleum pulled up and was stained on its own. It was in my pack and play storage so when I opened it, I smelt some mold/must in the compartment. I suspect if you do, you will not have the odor as bad if its not confined to a small compartment. When you take the plate off, you could always smell the wood/linoleum at the door seam if you cant see, and maybe will give you a clue to work with.
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