Originally Posted by Arcticfox
Now isn't that interesting. Do you have any idea what type of weight you were carrying before it broke? I'm wondering not because we have a shelving unit in our closet, but we carry a 3-gal bottle of water in that location all the time.
Doug... I have no quantitative answer. But I know we were carrying more weight in the shelves that we are now. Some vintage cast iron pans contributed to the collapse, while we were traveling... road bumps no doubt contributed.
We are carrying a bit less weight there now, however with the reinforcement by simple 3/4" ply support, vertically placed under the shelf... it never would have collapsed, even with the heavier weight we were carrying earlier. The closet floor was held in place ONLY with screws driven into the walls! There were no direct vertical supports down to the coach floor, which is all that it takes to completely prevent a collapse.
Airstream intended the closet, primarily, for hanging clothes and storing shoes. We don't need the closet for clothes, we need it for general storage. So, our usage requires a well supported closet floor, which was easily done.
The fix was simple and powerfully effective. We could (though we will not!) load a LOT of weight on the closet floor now. No worries about it collapsing ever again.
As for the comment about Airstreams being poorly made, I disagree. This particular closet floor support wasn't well done, but I'm not at all painting the rest of the coach as being poorly made. I effected a great fix to this single issue and we LOVE the coach!