Update... Had my first assessment today. He is a structural engineer in welding. (note for those who saw the Airstream Motor Home Hybrid I posted a while back) Same fellow.
He came up to have a look.
His first word was WOW! That should not happen. Okay besides the shock.
He confirmed my own suspicions of NOT moving my BABY anywhere!!! in this state.
Not even move her back to her spot - don't even hook her up he said. "Right now you have NO skin damage but she is twisting really bad and one more road trip and she will buckle the skin on top of the floor or even pull the skin from the floor or better stated the floor on the curb side will drop away from the skin..
He said she definitely needs a temp weld on site just to get her to the shop. He also recommended taking the stress off the break right away. So we put a bottle jack and pulled the break slightly but not too far to pull her out. The frame has settled inside itself about 3/16 of an inch.
He then took a look inside the trailer and I told him what had happened this past 6 months.
First he said that the break looks like about 2 years old. Over time your frame rails have twisted and dropping which will pull your floor and heave it on the inside.
Now that explains the stuff that was going on my last two trips. First when we installed the new Lounge seating it was flush to the floor and straight and level - we did the summer of 2011. (pictures to prove it)
I had taken two 2200 mile trips since. The first one At Christmas - the Lounge seating came completely off the floor and part way off the wall by the door - I just thought the screws used were not long enough - so I put in longer screws but she was not quite level in one corner and I thought that was me also thinking that I could not get the screws to draw tight
The second trip this past march - although the seating did not come loose the bottom heaved and bent my EXPENSIVE ALUMINUM LAMINATE! and she sits as you can see by the photos almost 3/8 inch off the floor by the door and at the front of the L part.
The laminate flooring is like the ocean floor with waves all over the place - all noticed when I got home.
You can even see how the floor has heaved at the entrance.
But going to school and then right into my internship and moving out of my marriage and home with not a single penny to my name I could not do anything but take her to my new park and let her sit with me in it scratching my head. I knew something was not right but NEVER expected a broken frame!
I thought maybe the common door wetness issue in airstreams had softened the floor or maybe rusted the outrigger in that location making it weak - but the floor is good and solid. I was wanting to just rip up the floor and replace it thinking that it was just crap and not installed right. But also a big job and no money.
So several months have gone by - and it was time to get my brakes done first as my priority. I was really soft coming home and had stopped in before my trip south for a check and they said they need changing upon your return.
And of course you know the rest. And now what has been happening INSIDE all makes perfect sense.
You know even when I brought it home in August of 2008 and after we used it a few times more that summer - when I went to go for my trip that winter the floor had puckered all along the front of the galley cabinets. I had mentioned this to Paula and we just figured it may have something to do with experiencing its first winter. I called the factory and they told me it was a floating floor and that it would settle in the warmth - ha it did not - so thought it had stretched - and yes I just lived with it!!! DUMB ASS ME!
That kind of tells me this frame broke either in Paula's possession or on my trip home - but neither one of us would suspect a frame break and nor were either of us told about the possibility of it being an issue - Now there is a fact that the factory WAS aware of this at that time - in 2008 - so no hiding behind any dumb curtains on this one for sure.