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Old 09-08-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
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How I reinforced floor from above

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My floor was squishy in about half of the TT. Supporting from below was not an option due to holding tanks and other items in the way. I did not want to remove the couch and dinette for this project either.

I opted to reinforce from above and embrace the difference between the 2 areas instead of trying to disguise it. I used a completely different floor material and made the transition in a logical place.

I used 3/4" OSB to reinforce the floor. I am very happy with the results, I can only assume another $30.00 for Oak plywood might have been better, but this is fine.

I did not glue down (All you would be gluing to is the vinyl) just used 2-1/2: deck screws (countersunk).

I opted for lots of commercial grade 2 way tape versus carpet adhesive. If this fails to hold up I will glue down. The carpet is actually a 6' x 8' area rug from WalMart for $20.00. Had enough left over for a new "entrance" rug.

Total cost for project around $75.00, took approximately 6 hours.
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great documentation, fine looking results
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:49 PM   #3
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Looks good. What did you about stud work underneath?
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I didn't do anything with the studs except make sure I was on top of them (got lucky one was right by end of couch).
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That is lucky. I always try to hit a stud, cause it can be a pain sometimes to add them to make the joint sturdy like you should.
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Agreed, I kept joints to minimum and made sure the plywood was in as big of the "T" as possible. Only joint is under the table and I also utilized the tongue and groove on the OSB for this only seam. If I had used the 3/4" oak I would have routered a lap joint.
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Good job! And I like that fact that you took pictures so other people can learn from what you did.

I've done something similar. I had people tell me "You Can't Do It That Way" and when I was done it came out just fine. Never let people tell you it can't be done.

But, why was he floor squishy? Maybe you have a leak somewhere you should track down. It might be below a window or something and running down inside the wall until it gets to the floor. I found on the one I had that there was a very small pin hole in the seal below a window and over the years that little drip of water was enough to eventually make the floor soft.
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Folks, posts like these can save us big bucks. You don't have to take the coach to a dealer or worse camping world to get things fixed. With the conversation here, we can fix just about anything.
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Caveman- I believe there was a leak during previous ownership. The whole roof has been "re-sealed". I have owned the unit for one year and not experienced any leaks. Also, the person I bought the RV off of was rather heavy so that may have played into it as well.

I was very surprised to learn that the floor is only supported every 36" or so. I see me eventually adding a layer to the whole unit.
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