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    Posted: 09 Apr 2024 at 5:56pm
I took a piece of the floor luan to Home Depot and the 5 mm underlayment looks like it is the same. The vinyl floor is about 1/16 inch.
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Today I cut the good portion of the floor and used my router on the edges to make a lap joint.  When I install the new luan plywood I will router the edges so I can use glue and staples to make a solid joint.  Since the luan is glued to the foam there shouldn't be a lot of flex at the joints.  I also used some spray foam to fill in the gaps around the 2x6's. 








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Yes the steps are attached to the frame.....they put the 2x6's in to support one of the bolts.  They just failed to make any sort of support for the end of the 2x6.  When you step on the first step you have a lot of leverage and the trailer frame is really a fulcrum point so if the 2x6 isn't anchored you will see a bulge in the floor where it moves up when you step on it.  Really ridiculous design.....when I added the braces to pull the 2x6 down it seemed to solve the problem.  It is probably in best interest to put something under the first step to support it when used.  We used our trailer leveling pads.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote StephenH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Apr 2024 at 9:49am
That is why some of us have added those supports. I added one to our (former) RP-179 and it really helped.

My steps on the R-Pod were attached to the frame, not the floor. Do you have the MORryde steps? That is what we have in the Cherokee Grey Wolf we have now. Those do attach to the floor.
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I realize this thread is a bit old but I have a major floor problem.  Started with an issue with the entry stairs.  It had raised a section of the floor whenever you stepped on it.  When I pulled the flooring I was amazed to see how they installed the entry stairs.  2 pieces of 2x6 with a bolt thru and no support except the luan laminate......totally crazy.  I have put a 3/8" bolt thru the end of the 2x6 then added a 90 degree bracket to keep the 2x6 from lifting.  Every time I get into a project with this I am amazed at the lack of thought and engineering.  I am including pictures for those interested.  I have plans to use a router to make lap joints where needed.  I am planning to use construction adhesive to bond the luan to the foam.  By the way from what I have seen the floor sandwich has just luan over the outer aluminum frame and the sides are screwed thru the luan to the floor frame.  There are NO longitudinal supports and about 4 feet between the aluminum stringers. It is no doubt why rPods end up with soft floors.



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First you have to fix the source of water damage, otherwise, fixing it is not going to be worth your time.

The plywood is glued right to the aluminum studs and the foam. When you demo the floor, you have to do so without damaging the foam.

Along the back wall there is an 1/8" plywood covering the wiring, etc. you should be able to remove that as it is not glues down, just stapled. take a look inside there to see how deep the water damage goes, though there is a piece of 2x2 (or close to it) for stapling the plywood covering.
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I have water damage along the back wall where the main bed is located,it's completely rotted out,so if I can remove all the damaged then just go back with 1/8 or 1/4 luan for my top layer?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cbardy58 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 2024 at 10:40am
The "subfloor" is a multi-layered/compressed/glued concoction of thin plywood (1/8"?) on interior (under vinyl flooring), exterior layer also being the same plywood with under belly material coating. Sandwiched between these layers is a 1 1/2" welded aluminum frame. Between the framing members are large pieces of foam that are cut to size. all these pieces are put together, glued and "pinch rolled" under 1600lb psi. The floor in an R-pod extends to the outside edge of the walls, meaning they provide wall support, also meaning they can be a real pain to work on.

Take a look at this construction video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMXneKc_fDo&t=120s
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Post Options Post Options   Quote GlueGuy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 2024 at 10:29am
I drilled through the floor on our 179 a couple years ago and I recall it being fairly thick. It was over an inch for sure; may even have been 1-1/2". I didn't need the exact thickness for what I was doing, but I recall it being thicker than I expected.

You may just want to drill a test hole through someplace inconspicuous to get what you need. You can fill the hole with caulk.
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What thickness is the subfloor supposed to be?My Rpod 176 is shot in the back of the bed area below the back window.Never done this before nor am I am experienced carpenter by no means.Thanks for you input.
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