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Old 04-17-2017, 09:15 AM   #1
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Soft Spots in Floor


I have a 2009 Palamino Thoughbred Ultralite. I bought this second hand in January 2017. I am based in Spain on permanent campsite. The van will not be towed while in our ownership.

I have noticed soft spots in the lounge floor. It was particularly bad by the galley area. I removed the lino and had a look. There is no water damage. There is a joint in the ply floor which is not secure. I covered the area with a 7mm wood floor which was glued to the existing plywood. It helped quite a lot. I should have gone heavier but was concerned about the slide out. Looking down the heating ducts the foor appears to be 38mm foam and 5mm ply top and bottom. To replace the floor is not practical or cost effective. Has anyone come up with a solution to this problem.

The bed room floor is solid.

It is unlikely the floor will give away and we end with feet on the ground I hope.

If the floor was sheeted what would be the maximum wood thickness that we could use. Although we do not use the slide out it would be neccessay to keep it in use for a sale at some time.

I look forward to hearing from anyone.

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Old 04-17-2017, 09:18 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. One of the ways they keep the weight down is by not installing a thick floor.

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Old 04-18-2017, 02:41 AM   #3
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I think you are saying its quite normal. I hope you are right

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Old 04-23-2017, 12:37 PM   #4
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If you can get access to the frame that supports the floor I would try adding some angle iron to reinforce the area. I would have a shop bend or weld it so I could then drill and bolt it to the frame. Another alternative, again if you can access the bottom side, would be to glue up a panel from underneath.
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Old 04-23-2017, 02:35 PM   #5
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I have had a look through one of the small openings underneath. It looks like the underneath of the floor is carbon weave. I have asked forest river to confirm that. I would like to get a drawing of the floor construction so I can get an idea of how to add extra supports if need be.

I was hoping someone else had experienced the same problem and come up with a cost effective solution. Getting a dealer to sort out with a new floor would be too expensive I feel.

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