Side bathroom/closet question - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-06-2006, 08:22 PM   #1
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Whenever I go into my side bathroom, I am worried about the fact that there is no support under the floor by the door. Has anyone ever had that floor break on them? That floor just looks and seems weak to me. I have a porta potty in there. As I step right inside the door, I feel like that floor could give out. I am about 160 lb, so I feel the floor should hold me, but I have wondered if it will give way.
Anyone else ever wonder about the floor supporting your weight being as there is nothing under that floor to hold it up???
Anyone ever had the floor crack or give way?
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Old 03-06-2006, 09:43 PM   #2
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I don't know of any floor problems in our Boler B1700, but the same thought has occured to me in looking at various trailer designs. Usually, the parts outboard of the frame rails do not include walking areas, other than the doorway, so I suppose it's not normally an issue.

The floor material (plywood in my case) normally spans the distance between the frame rails (width-wise) and the widely-spaced crossmembers (lengthwise), and the outboard parts are narrow in comparison, but only the body shell supports the outside edge if there are no frame extensions - maybe that's okay?

Our B1700 has supports extending from the frame in some spots, including the doorway, but I will have to look to see if there are any under the side bathroom.
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Unless you see evidence of water induced deterioration, I would not worry too much.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:06 PM   #4
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There are No supports under the side bath about a foot or so in. I do wonder why they have nothing there. I can see some heavy person stepping into the bath and breaking the floor.
No water damage as I have a porta potty. Wood is fine, just no support under it by the door the full length of the bath.
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Your floor should be a continuous sheet of plywood under the entire trailer. 3/4" or evem 1/2" Plywood cantilevered over a steel frame can be amazingly strong where you least expect it as long as it is not rotted or damaged.
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In a word, weight. They have calculated to the n-th degree how to maintain structural integrity with the most efficient use of materials.
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I noticed the same situation with my Scamp. What I did was cut some supports from hardwood to also act as dividers for a place to park shoes.

Since that area is right in front of you when you step in it is a natural for shoe storage.

What we do is have slippers for trailer use and normally use slip-on shoes for traveling. That way it is easy to change shoes each time entering and exiting the coach. It sure helps to keep the floor tidy.

Other shoes such as tennis shoes, walking shoes, hiking boots, dress shoes, etc are kept in the back of the tow vehicle.
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I do put my shoes there, but never thought to put wood there to keep the floor more stable.
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Old 03-20-2006, 06:29 PM   #8
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In my Surfside, I'm more worried about the bed / dining area. It seems to creak, too. It's fiberglass on the floor, too, and I've noticed a few hairline cracks. Since our trailer is old I'm figuring it may be the gelcoat deteriorating that's making the noise. I'm not taking any chances, however. No polkas in the dining room! And Michael Flately can stay outside, too!
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