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Old 01-02-2015, 09:48 PM   #1
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Crazy Creaking in Floor

Gang, Happy New Year!

We have a 2014 27ft FB International, and regrettably every time we take it out, (and that is rather frequently) we come up some new problem or annoyance. We just returned from a week-long boondocking outing and found that when walking on the floor around the galley area and door, a discomforting sound was heard, kinda like the sound of sheet metal flexing, reverberating throughout the coach. Try to imagine the sound of an empty sheet metal holding tank being pressed up and down. As the fresh water tank was down to 20%, thinking that was perhaps it,I filled the tank; "well that didn't work". In hopes of discovering the cause of the noise, I crawled under the rig while my wife walked above, but all I saw was, you guessed it, an entire underlayment of sheet metal that when depressed made the exact same noise, however, the noise was coming from somewhere inside and not from what I could observe.

Has anyone had a similar experience? Seems like yet another warranty-warranted trip to the dealer.

Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 01-02-2015, 09:58 PM   #2
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The noise that you are hearing is called "oil canning" and i fairly common. Our 2015 25FB does the same thing when the stabilizers are down.

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Sometimes adjusting the stabilizers a bit will lessen the noise.
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Old 01-02-2015, 11:05 PM   #4
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It has been something that many Airstreams have had over the years. It tends to come and go, depending on temperature and level of the wheels vs. tightness of the stabilizing jacks.

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Old 01-03-2015, 02:08 AM   #5
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It has been something that many Airstreams have had over the years. It tends to come and go, depending on temperature and level of the wheels vs. tightness of the stabilizing jacks.

Just enjoy the fact that you are out camping. I wish I was.

Hi, yes this pretty much explains it. Sometimes it's there and sometimes it's not. Or it was at the end of the hallway to the bedroom and now it's in the bathroom. Trailers flex, expand, and contract. [and make noises]
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Old 01-03-2015, 07:12 AM   #6
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Glad you posted this. I have a 2015 25FB that makes the same "thunk" sound when walking fore - aft. It was really noticeable when the stabilizers weren't perfectly level. I gave all four a good torque and the sound went away and isolated itself right in front of the sink. It's irritating though and makes an otherwise fancy schmancy trailer a cheap feel. Whatever sheet of metal is making that sound must be silenced! Crazy to think that those jacks are able to torque the frame enough affect that sound.
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Old 01-03-2015, 07:48 AM   #7
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Once again, you need to remember the fact the frame is not there to support anything. It is just there for a place to have a floor, and mount the axles and other appliances to.
If the noise bothers you, simply crawl under the trailer on a nice day, and, using a metal screen spline tool (or similar), draw a series of large "X"s across the belly pan by shoving hard into it with the spline tool.
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Old 01-03-2015, 07:59 AM   #8
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Does that work? What is that belly pan for? Just to keep stuff underneath protected? I would think it would be something closer to the flooring that is making that sound since there is almost no flex to the floor, clearly it must be something directly in contact with it. Maybe that belly pan is though.
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Glad you posted this. I have a 2015 25FB that makes the same "thunk" sound when walking fore - aft. It was really noticeable when the stabilizers weren't perfectly level. I gave all four a good torque and the sound went away and isolated itself right in front of the sink. It's irritating though and makes an otherwise fancy schmancy trailer a cheap feel. Whatever sheet of metal is making that sound must be silenced! Crazy to think that those jacks are able to torque the frame enough affect that sound.
Hi, yes crazy, but those stabilizers can also make your door hard to open and close too. [hit the ground and about 1/2 turn more]
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I've found it's there in warm weather and gone in cold weather, the expansion and contraction of the metal belly pan making it loose or tight. Doesn't bother me, but if it did I would put the "X" crease in it as mentioned in post #7 to tighten it up.

Also hear the expansion of exterior aluminum shell panels after some cold nights when the rising sun hits them. I wouldn't use the crease method to tighten them though. It's the nature of metal.
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Whew, well this is a bit of "good" news, the only disheartenly thing is that the sound continued to occur when we put the rig back in storage and the stabilizers were not down..guess it just goes with the "nature of the beast", and something we'll need to get used to. I will add, this is/was the first time we heard the noise, and it was rather cold camping by CA standards, down in the mid-thirties, we'll see what happens when things warm up. Thanks to all who responded, obviously we are kind of new to this whole thing but learning rather quickly and the forum has been a terrific source of information, and will be all the more so when one as computer challenged as I can learn to navigate the site.
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"Hi, yes crazy, but those stabilizers can also make your door hard to open and close too." The first time I parked the mpg (our "learner" rig) I tried to use the rear stabilizer to get it perfectly level. I succeeded, but then the door wouldn't work properly (door was by that stabilizer). A bit of explanation from someone else and all was right again. All things have learning curves.
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Wow... I was just complaining (out loud while nobody was nearby this time) how the door seems to be too hard to close. I mean, I'm putting a shoulder into this thing before it clicks. So these stabilizers while they look like jacks are clearly very far from it. Learn something new about this thing everyday!
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Ok, so our rig "squeaks" from what sounds like the street side wheel well when parked, jacks down. Any ideas?


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