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Old 02-19-2013, 08:18 AM   #1
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sagging undercarriage covering

A quick search revealed no other threads on this subject, unless I am using the wrong terminology.

It appears that there has been a leak at some point in the water compartment. This has allowed the (plywood?) covering on the bottom of the undercarriage to deterioate and sag. It appears to be a 1 piece covering from the front to the back, with a limited number of bolts securing it, to what I am assuming is the cross frames. The worst area is where the water tank is. From the limited sight line it looks as if the tank is supported entirely by this floor.

My questions are; Has anyone else had this issue? If so did you fix or return it to a shop? What the heck is the covering? My coach is a 99 Gulfstream, Tourmaster 40' DP.
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it seem that you may have a leak somewhere, but the question is, is it still problematic.... the leak needs to be fixed before trying to fix the sag... if you post a picture, maybe we can help you more specifically what can be done.
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A quick search revealed no other threads on this subject, unless I am using the wrong terminology.

It appears that there has been a leak at some point in the water compartment. This has allowed the (plywood?) covering on the bottom of the undercarriage to deterioate and sag. It appears to be a 1 piece covering from the front to the back, with a limited number of bolts securing it, to what I am assuming is the cross frames. The worst area is where the water tank is. From the limited sight line it looks as if the tank is supported entirely by this floor.

My questions are; Has anyone else had this issue? If so did you fix or return it to a shop? What the heck is the covering? My coach is a 99 Gulfstream, Tourmaster 40' DP.
As RedRidge said, the first line of business would be to take care of the leak. I'm confident that the sagging material could be repaired or replaced, depending on the severity of the problem. It would be helpful if you could post some photos so we can see the sagging.

Also, you might edit your forum signature to include your RV make and model so that it always shows up on your posts. Good luck!
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If it is in the water compartment you may not have a leak at all. It could be that over the years water dripping from your hose connection soaked the plywood. I am not saying you shouldn't check and repair leaks. Mine did the same thing. There was a thin sheet of galvanized on the bottom, plywood and the a type of plastic material on top. The water dripping from the hose not being secured soaked the plywood and because it was sandwiched between the metal and plastic it never dried out. So it rotted. I took all the material out and got a heavier gauge of galvanized and used that. I washed galvanized with vinegar and sanded it lightly. I then coated both sides with 2 coats the roll-on bed liner. It was a little bit of work moving water connection around a cutting a hole in the bottom for the hose to come back through but I think it is a permanet fix. It just didn't make sense to put plywood back in the water compartment. I did put a bead of caulk around the perimeter before I screw the metal down with self tapping screws.
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We have a 99 Gulfstream scenic cruiser 38 and had the same issues,so took the inside panels out to get to the bolts and drop the floor down,got galvenized steel and rebuilt a new floor and cross menbers,slide back under and rise it up, better than new.I did fine my water leak first.Good luck
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