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Old 05-13-2013, 11:37 PM   #1
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Torched subfloor and outrigger

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A couple days ago I posted pics of my outside AC outlet and the damage found there.

Turns out a cutting torch was applied through the hole in the lower bodywork and a section of the outrigger was melted away. That is how the 'heat' hole appeared in the aluminum which i discovered when I pulled off the warped AC waterproof cover.

Additionally, the plywood flooring apparently caught fire because an area of about 1 sq. ft. is pretty charred. No telling when that little episode occurred... but it is 'water under the bridge'..

The area appears to be just beneath the dining table/ sleeping area... the floor does not get a lot of load here.. but all seems very stable at this time.

Suggestions.. leave alone... paint/seal... the wood?

Pics on my phone.. will try to post.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:57 AM   #2
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I am more worried about the structural issues. What is left of the outrigger? As long as the floor is solid and it supports what it needs to, I would not mess with it. Photos would help alot.

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Old 05-15-2013, 11:20 PM   #3
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:12 AM   #4
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I am trying to get a picture of what I am looking at. Maybe move back a bit so we can see the total picture. Is it next to the steps?

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Old 05-16-2013, 09:16 AM   #5
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Yes. To left of steps on 34' Excella.



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Old 05-16-2013, 09:22 AM   #6
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They added and outlet and cut the outrigger to gain access. Is the area where the outrigger is a location that has alot of weight on it or is walked on alot? If not then it probably won't hurt anything to leave it alone for now. If you are going to have to replace belly skins then I would do it. If everything else is ok then don't worry too much. Where is the outrigger in relation to that box? If it is the one right behind the wheel well you have a problem. You don't want water coming in there.

From you photos it is hard to tell what I am looking at. It looks thicker than an outrigger and the shape is wrong.

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Old 05-16-2013, 09:47 AM   #7
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Perry,
I think it is a factory outlet that was replaced by someone and perhaps "upgraded" so needed more room. The board is solid past the charred area.

I call it an out rigger but it may only be a brace. It is directly to the left of the door and beneath the dining table. The power lead comes in from under the dining seat. The belly skin looks okay but does have one loose rivet.

It looks like the metal bar is angle iron not a formed Outrigger.

Everything appears stable in that area and there is not a lot of weight there especially when in motion.

I have installed a plastic box and properly sealed at all.

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So to see inside I'll have to remove everything so for now I guess we'll just leave well enough alone for now. I will make an inspection hole in belly pan so I can check occasionally.

Thanks for having a look.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:05 PM   #8
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I would leave it be and find bigger problems. Ugly mess they made of that. My trailer has an outlet box made in from the factory. It is above the beltline.

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