Originally Posted by Asherstanton
I'm looking at a 10 year old 26'. I haven't seen it yet, it's out of state. The salesmen did all the checks I asked and told me there was a soft/creaky spot about 6x6 inches in the bathroom.
What could cause this (knowing they're aluminum framed) and is it a BIG concern or just part of wear and tear on a ten year old?
The aluminum framing is nothing more than lightweight aluminum tube forming a frame, like a ladder. They lay down 1/8" luan plywood on a table and spray it with glue. They then lay the aluminum frame on that and put white Styrofoam into the spaces between the tubes. The tubes will be as much as 24" O.C. Then they apply more glue and lay 3/16" plywood on top. The whole assembly then gets run through pinch rollers to bond it all together or now days they use a vacuum press.
What you are finding is either the foam was compressed or the glue has let loose. It typically happens in high traffic areas, in front of sink, inside of entry door, bathroom etc. It can be a bigger problem if the previous owner was of wide girth. You can cut it open from underneath and attempt to reinforce it somehow or just live with it. I doubt you'll find a 10 yr old laminated trailer that does not have a soft spot somewhere.