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Old 08-18-2004, 02:44 PM   #1
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Question Screw coming thru vinyl

My 2004 has a screw pointing up in the center of the floor.You can feel it and see a raise in the vinly flooring.Help this is brand new and I am afraid the dealer might cut a hole in the center of the floor.
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Old 08-18-2004, 06:30 PM   #2
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That's tough one. What's the lesser of two evils, drop part of the belly pan & insulation to see if you can get to it from underneath or cut a hole in the floor. Depending on where it's at maybe a throw rug could hide it if you're unable to putty and blend in the cut. Are you sure it's a screw? Could be a rivet or just some debris left on the floor before the vinyl in which case you wouldn't be able to get to it from underneath.
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Old 08-19-2004, 11:27 AM   #3
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After we pulled up our new carpet to put vinyl down it was unbelievable how much crud was under the carpet mat. We really had to super clean the plywood we put down before the vinyl. Tin Hut is probably right about some debris under the vinyl. The only option is to have the dealer cut out a patch or just a small slit and remove the junk. I have repaired vinyl (patched) years ago in our kitchen and if you take your time and are very careful you can't even detect where the patch was. Good luck.
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Old 08-19-2004, 11:43 AM   #4
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... The only option is to have the dealer cut out a patch or just a small slit and remove the junk. I have repaired vinyl (patched) years ago in our kitchen and if you take your time and are very careful you can't even detect where the patch was.
Go with the small slit. Then if it looks bad, consider the patch.

The problem with patching sheet flooring in an Airstream is the temperature extremes it goes through during it's life. Your kitchen's temperature is usually controlled better during the course of a year than your Airstream's temperature is.

Sorry to say I hold little hope of a patch in an Airstream floor looking good after a few seasons. The "slit" idea is more promising since there is less cutting involved.

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Old 08-19-2004, 02:17 PM   #5
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here is an idea

make the dealer fix it right! did you pay good money for a new trailer or did you plan on having to worry about the flooring for the next 10 years. stand on the dealers head you did not put what ever it is under the floor. insist that they replace the whole piece what do you have to loose, worst case they fix it half ass like they where going to any way.
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Old 08-19-2004, 10:23 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies on my screw.I have no idea what to do yet,I am just not to sure about the dealer.
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fix it right

When you gave your money to the dealer, it was perfect in every regard. It didn't have any flaws, it was not any less spendable, it could be freely exchanged anywhere they wanted.

Why should you expect anything less in return for your money?

Just a thought.

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Old 08-20-2004, 07:13 AM   #8
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Since you are the original owner it is under warranty, make them fix it. This is "workmanship". If it isn't right call the factory. Do not step in that area before it's fixed and when they fix it you "must" be fully satisfied. Do not accept "the best we could do" Tell them you want the trailer replaced.
You could take it to the factory and have them fix it.
Good luck. You paid for the best it should be flawless.
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Well California is a long way from Jackson Center , but I had the same problem in my 2004 AS , luckily I live 3 hours from factory. I took it back and had A complete new vinyl floor and carpet replacement done which required a complete interior removal. I can tell some places are removed and replaced but I think anyone else would be hard pressed to tell any difference between this and any other new one. dont accept less tha perfect repair. If you go with the slit it will bother you forever.
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Old 08-20-2004, 08:57 PM   #10
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I contacted the factory,no reply yet.I can wait on them I am under warrenty for 21 more months.
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Old 08-21-2004, 01:15 AM   #11
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Stay on it and don't back off. A new unit should be repaired properly by the dealer.
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Depending on the dealer out your way (which some folks can comment about I'm sure), if it is a screw, I'd want to see it from the bottom, however, if it is not a screw, the odds are that there is some crud under there. I would wait to see what the factory says.

My exp has been that the factory will respond and come up with a satisfactory solution for you. If you don't get an answer (which I'd find hard to believe), send me a PM.

BTW, keep in mind that it's a judgement call on what you should do once you have the options in front of you. Our floor had 1 or 2 small drill holes in it and it was patched with a caulk type material. I looks OK but the crux of it is this. If it were bad enough, I'd have them re-floor it as I have heard Airstream has done in the past. Keep in mind though that it would require gutting the coach in some cases. When that happens things tend not to re-seat and can come loose. As an example, we had a leak in our coach when we went to pick it up near the factory. The dealer and the factory provided the best support they could which we appreciated and were satisfied with the end result. They found a questionable area, fixed it, no more leak (which is a whole 'nother story....), but then had to remove the dinette seats to re-cover them as they were damaged by the water. When I go to the factory to solve some of the nickel and dime issues, having them re-secure the dinette seats will be on the list as they keep coming loose and creeking when used.

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Thanks to all the ideas.A/S Tech of Ohio responded with this,are you ready?Place a towel over what appears to be a screw that has worked it's way up.Then take a mallet and with a level swing hit it a few times.O.K After about a half dozen hits it appears to be flat.Go figure.Well now I will wait and see if it comes back.I can live with this.
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