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Old 08-04-2016, 10:20 PM   #1
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Closet ceiling can't support closet rod

Shortly after loading the clothes in the closet, I noticed the ceiling was hanging down. There were not that many clothes in the closet but I did have a couple of heavy coats. I question the logic of placing the center support so close to a joint. There was a 3/8 inch sheet of plywood as extra support for the ceiling but nothing attaching the center bracket to a ceiling or roof joist.

Anyone else have the same issue?

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For a stop-gap measure, I added a 2x4 brace until I can get the ceiling repaired. Probably take it to Doug's RV in Duncan, OK.

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Old 08-05-2016, 08:38 AM   #2
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Not had this issue. Our closet rod is loaded to the gills. Now you got me scared! Thanks and let us know how they fix it. Gotta think ours is next! rockin'
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The ceiling above my clothes rod is not separating. Our units were made at the same time. I will keep an eye on it. Thanks for sharing.
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Your stop gap measure is better than anything they can do as far as strength. Is the 2x4 in the way? It looks good to me. You can't tell from the picture, but I assume the 2x4 shoved the ceiling back up. If it were me I would level it, attach it directly to floor and forget about the stop gap part.
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From the female side I agree with 2 step.
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Your stop gap measure is better than anything they can do as far as strength. Is the 2x4 in the way? It looks good to me. You can't tell from the picture, but I assume the 2x4 shoved the ceiling back up. If it were me I would level it, attach it directly to floor and forget about the stop gap part.
The 2x4 is not in the way. There is something keeping the ceiling from closing up. Going to look at it after returning home. Was thinking of replacing the 2x4 with a wooden closet rod. Some are 1 1/4 in diameter and should hold.
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that kinda looks like water damage to me...........
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In the first pic of post #1 I think I see what plasma is talking about. The metal rail for the sliding door looks corroded, or am I seeing things? Carl if you see the same thing we are seeing, get on the roof and take a look at the Eternabond tape for damage at the front cap molding.
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We were always worried about the length of the closet rail and the amount of clothes we could hang on it. Even with just light clothes the weight was significant. While hauling the 5er down the road the closet was above the 5 wheel. For travel we would always lay a goodly portion of the clothes on the bed.


A length of closet dowel would be a great solution to support the center. We thought of it but liked the entire length being open.
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On several trailers, we have had to brace the cloths rods from below using a 2x4 . Had to use a bit different design based on the particular trailer. Check for water damage and then just brace it. Seems lots of RV manufacturers do not think that as full timers we do not carry clothes.

My current HH Champagne has a brace in the center of the rod as it let go after a week or two.

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In the first pic of post #1 I think I see what plasma is talking about. The metal rail for the sliding door looks corroded, or am I seeing things? Carl if you see the same thing we are seeing, get on the roof and take a look at the Eternabond tape for damage at the front cap molding.
I can't climb on top of the trailer. Too many health issues and if I fell off the trailer it would be fatal. If the fall didn't kill me, the DW would.

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that kinda looks like water damage to me...........
It has been raining on and off for a week here in Creede, Co. This is Creede's monsoon season. No evidence of water infiltration. A couple of months ago I had the whole trailer looked over by a technician I trust at Camping World in south Fort Worth. He checked all the seals and joints. He said everything still looks new. What you may be seeing is glue on the plywood backing. There is also a felt-like material on top of the plywood. There is what seems to be a metal hanger the ceiling was glued to. Glued?

I will dig into it after we return home. Have a few modifications in mind. Will let you know what I did in the not too distant future.

Will also need to have the heat pump repaired. It quit working yesterday. Ah, the joys of RV ownership. And its all worth it.
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In the first pic of post #1 I think I see what plasma is talking about. The metal rail for the sliding door looks corroded, or am I seeing things? Carl if you see the same thing we are seeing, get on the roof and take a look at the Eternabond tape for damage at the front cap molding.
Rockin', in the first pick, the metal rail for the sliding door is not visible. What you are seeing is the ceiling panel joint and the glue used to hold it up. The white stripe below the joint is the ceiling panel joint cover you see at each ceiling panel joint throughout the trailer.
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Thanks Carl, I'd still have a young buck like me to get up and check out the front roof molding if it were me. Just sayin' Please keep us posted.
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Thanks Carl, I'd still have a young buck like me to get up and check out the front roof molding if it were me. Just sayin' Please keep us posted.
Rockin', when I first noticed the ceiling down a little, I suspected a possible leak. I pulled down the ceiling a little and reached a finger in as far as I could and no moisture. I shone a light into the gap and all looked fine. No water damage was seen. I will still have someone check out the cap joint when the A/C is repaired.
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