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Old 04-23-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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How can you know a sub floor is not rotten?

I've read a few threads about purchasing a coach and I've read about the nightmares of rotten sub flooring . My question is how does a potential buyer inspect a unit for sub flooring???

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Old 04-23-2012, 10:22 PM   #2
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Simple: find a friend with x-ray vision.

Seriously, assuming carpet, going around the perimeter with an ice-pick will do it.

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Old 04-24-2012, 12:57 AM   #3
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Talk to other A.S. owners that have had the problem and look at their photos. First and foremost open your eyes and really look and I liked the ice pick test I read about
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:53 AM   #4
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If the Previous owner has covered the floor with a laminate, the ice pick test will not work. Using an ice pick to determine the floor condition under a carpet works well and does not damage the carpet.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:08 AM   #5
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When you step on it you can usually tell if the floor is suspect. The rotten area will be very spongy. Pay attention to the area just inside the door. Areas under windows and vents are notorious for leaks in the older trailers. The ice pick test is good but not always an option. Look outside on top and see where the vent stacks are, then find the areas inside that will be under the vents. Depending on the year the vents covers are different but my Trade Wind had serious rot under all 3. If there is a rear hatch pay attention there and of course around the toilet. Rotten floors are not a deal killer but be aware if you do have rot it can be an extensive repair.
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