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Old 12-12-2013, 08:00 PM   #1
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Broken Tile under Refrigerator, 2000 Endeavor

I have a 2000 Endeavor WDS DP with the 2 door refrigerator. The tile floor extends under the low cabinet that the 2 door refrigerator sits on (cabinet also houses the furnace). The two tiles on the right side (when facing the refrigerator) are broken and the cabinet has moved downward at least 1/2 inch during a recent rough road trip.

Today I looked at a 2002 40ft Endeavor that had the same two tiles broken under the refrigerator, so I'm wondering if this is lack of support under the tile in this area.

Have any of you experienced this problem, and more importantly how do I fix it. I know I'll have to remove/replace the tile but how do I get the cabinet higher and supported better? Any ideas appreciated.

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Old 12-12-2013, 08:11 PM   #2
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The cabinets are put together with "kreg screws" and can be removed from the back or inside of the cabinets to take out the lower section that the furnace is in and you will see the tile does not go very far under that part
The thing I would be concerned about is possible water damage to the sub floor holding the tile as this is usually what causes them to break. This can be fixed however by removing enough cabinet to allow working on it - remove the broken tile - remove and replace any damaged sub floor and than replace tile and cabinet
At least this was my experience on a 2000 Diplomat
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:31 PM   #3
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Fred just saw this on mine today, I looked in the basement compartment under it, there is a box of some type with aluminum framing that doesn't appear to be supported 100%.

I'll look into this deeper in few
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broken tile

I did some work on the broken tile area today. Luckily, I discovered no water damage, no rotten floor, but just lack of support. After JIMBO's post, this makes 4 Holiday Rambler's that I've seen or heard of that has this problem, so the way mine was assembled must be typical.

The sub-floor (chip board), only extended under the cabinet edge by about 1/16th inch. The tile went all the way under the cabinet edge. This corner of the cabinet was supported mostly by the tile with no sub-floor under it. I'm amazed that it lasted 13 years before beginning to crack. The edge of the sub-floor was rounded due to the compression by the tile.

I've placed a picture below that shows how the sub-floor only goes barely under the edge of the cabinet. The fuzzy image is the carpet left in the under-cabinet area, that I have now removed.

I used a small bottle jack with support board to lift the sagging cabinet, and then made a support for the cabinet edge before removing the jack. I'll fix the tile after I've found some matching grout. Fortunately, my coach has a couple of spare tiles stored under the bed.

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So where the sub floor ends what keeps the carpet from falling thru?
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So where the sub floor ends what keeps the carpet from falling thru?
There is a sub floor for the entire coach length. HR lays carpet pad and carpet on this level. Where they tile, the carpet is cut away and a second layer of chip board is added before the tile is added.

My cabinet was sitting on the very edge of this second layer of sub floor with tile between the second layer and the cabinet.

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