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Old 02-15-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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squeeks and groans

We recently purchased a used '08 GS Eurocruiser with 13k miles on it. Pretty clean unit and aside from some minor interior things I could fix there remains a biggie. On this model there is no over-cab sleeper, just cabinets and a TV. I removed the panels in the cabinets only to find a dry split wood structure that is probably causing all these squeeks. Has anyone had this issue with the Eurocruiser and what would calm down some of the noise? Sprayfoam or WD40 at the wood joints?

Would appreciate any advise.
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If it is wood, I would try getting some glue in the joints and then driving some long shank wood screws into some pre-drilled holes. Also check and see if any of the wood is rubbing on any metal strcture at the roof. On my rig I had a squeek and it turned out to be the TV casing rubbing in the frame. Look for any ware spots and maybe slip some rubber mat betwwen th TV and case/cab. Hope this helps.

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Squeeks and groans

New member here and I posted a thread in the Class C section of Gulfstream. Looks like this is a better site so here goes:

Recently purchased a used 2008 Gulfstream Eurocruiser with the V10 and 13K miles. Nice clean coach and other than a few little things inside I repaired myself we're pleased.

A major issue is the amount of squeeks and high pitched groans right over our heads when going down the road. This model does not have a bed overhead and houses a TV and the rest is cabinets with lots of storage. I pulled the interior panels out and saw a hodge poge of dried and split wood stapled together and I suspect that is where the problem is. Would spraying foam or WD40 on these joints help or what would you suggest?

I expect noise in a motor home but this is getting to be a problem.

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moderator edit; two threads were merged and this being the second of the two was not the lead off post, it seems to contain a little more information than the original which is why it was left open to view.
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What would help more than anything is to build some braces and screw them inplace with a good dose of wood glue.

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Thanks for the idea Ken. These wood stringers are probably the cheapest wood GS could find and of course they had to use the biggest staples. On top of all that this is a non insulated (should be in my opinion) cavity where it must really get hot if the MH sat outside in the sun. I do like your idea and maybe some small metal cabinet braces with machine screws would do the trick. I don't think this wood can take a screw without making a pile of toothpicks.

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The issue of the wood size and type is why I suggested wood braces screwed and glued at the joints.

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Has it sat unused for a long time in a dry climate? Could a little humidity help by
rehydrating the wood?
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By the looks of the faded decals on the front of this RV I would have to say it must have sat outside in the sun and maybe that caused the wood to dry out. I'm going to try the suggestion about pilot drilling/glue on some of the joints and see if that helps. I also owe someone a real hearty thanks about the comment that his TV was causing squeeks and groans. Sure enough, if I apply pressure around the perimeter of the TV I can duplicate a major source of the deep throated groan noise.

New to this site and not sure where this suggestion was posted but whomever you are thanks!

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Found you and thanks for the information. You are right on about one of the sources of groans and sure enough, if I apply pressure around the perimeter of the TV I can duplicate the deep groan. Many thanks for the help, I'm going to pull that cover piece today and see what GS used. I have some tape backed Velcro and maybe the fuzzy side would eliminate this groan.

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Got cabinetry or dash or plastic or other joint squeaks?

Make a visit to your local Wal-Mart kitchen department. You are looking for all their choices of plastic place mats. They may be divided into a couple different areas of the store. There is a plastic place mat that is typically whitish, opaque, smooth, and made from a seemingly slippery plastic. It'll be a whopping couple of dollars.

Cut this into strips and place/shove between the squeaking parts. It acts like a permanent lubricant between the squeaking components. Also handy to place between dash panels and wall panels, wood-to-wood mating surfaces, etc. anywhere that cabinetry or plastic surfaces tend to rub/jiggle/squeak.

Unlike the messy WD-40 type approaches, this is a permanent solution.
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Picture is worth a thousand words. Class C rigs are notorious for noises coming from the cab over area - often the result of the original screws coming loose - sometimes the result of moisture etc.
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