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Old 05-22-2010, 07:34 PM   #1
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At the MOTHERSHIP for a new floor.

Well, here I sit at the terraport just yards away from the Mothership. Beam me up, Wally - get me a new floor. Looks like all my travels overseas have delt me a blow that I will now have to pay for. A leak went undetected and has gotten the best of my floor in the 2003 CCD. When I say it's bad ------ IT'S REAL BAD.

So here I sit, waiting until Monday. Boudreaux and I made the trip up starting yesterday. Spent the night in a WalMart parking lot south of Louisville, KY last night. Not bad, more expensive stuff than me there. I hate when they run their gensets. No need, nice and cool.

So, I'll post some pics of my experience, it will help ease the pain. A running commentary of the check-up on Monday to follow.

Jackson Center is a very small town, but nice. No need for the frills. Had a great burger from the place right out front. Some real nice people here.

More later - BTW good WiFi range even on the 3rd pod site.

Thanks Sugarfoot and thecatsandi for all the info and phone calls.

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Sorry about the flooring. Hopefully they can detect the leak and stop it. Will the new floor be plywood or something different? Keep us posted.

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Old 05-22-2010, 07:44 PM   #3
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You are more than welcome. Was so sorry to hear how badly messed up your floor really is.

Watch for those falling objects. At least there are no pygmy rattlers around.
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Old 05-22-2010, 07:53 PM   #4
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Trucks are arriving to pick up the new stock in the yard. Cool new trailers going to their new owners somewhere in the world.

It's quiet here - the frogs are laughing at me..........
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Enjoy! I was there a month ago. Of the three loops, the north one gets pretty noisy by 4:00 or 5:00AM with semis backing up to the factory bays (beep! beep! beep!) and trailer haulers checking in to pick up their loads. I moved to the south loop my 2nd night and slept much better. Forgot about earplugs on this trip...

You'll be getting up early, so I'll let you go now... Please keep us filled in on how deep they're going to get into it and how long it takes.
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Hey Mike, sorry to hear about your floor problem. I'm sure that you'll get it fixed right there.

We were there for several days last year. There is a little grocery store on the other end of JC on the opposite side of the street from the main factory. If you go there just after they pick up your trailer (0700), you can meet and drink coffee with some of the local farmers. They are very nice people. They will tell you everything about JC.

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Old 05-23-2010, 06:15 AM   #7
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Mike,

Tough to hear about your floor. Your trailer will be better than ever soon.

Thought you might be trying to stuff some old tires or hair into the seafloor near home though.
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:21 AM   #8
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Sounds to me like you might be a couple of days or more... Maybe some site seeing? The RV Hall of Fame is in Elkhart Indiana if you wanted a day trip. A little drive away, but something to do in JC after you exhausted all your options after six hours. Vintage Campers is even closer and it might be a fun diversion. You can always go out to the edge of town and watch the corn grow also. This time of year it is growing fairly fast.
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Mike,

Have the factory look at the frame on your unit while it's there. It's my understanding that there was a frame support kit made available specifically for that unit. Not saying this is the root cause of your leak, but if the frame flexes more than it should IMHO, it also could lead to other issues.
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:47 AM   #10
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Hi Mike

Sorry to hear about the floor rot. Your experience is a good reminder to everyone to watch for leaks especially while a trailer is in storage.

If you can hang around a week longer, you can stay for Alumapalooza! Maybe that would be a small consolation prize ... We haven't crossed paths with you since the first Can Opener ...

Good luck with the repairs,

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I seem to see a lot of posts on newer trailer with floor problems.
Can anyone tell me what the floor material is, and assuming it is not plywood, what year did they make the change??

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bicycle museum

We highly recommend the bicycle museum at New Bremen which is about 15-20 min. away from JC. If you need to use up some time this coming week.
If you hang around there for the Alumapalooza, let us know. We are scheduled for that!
Good luck with your floor.

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Old 05-23-2010, 02:27 PM   #13
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I seem to see a lot of posts on newer trailer with floor problems.
Can anyone tell me what the floor material is, and assuming it is not plywood, what year did they make the change??

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The floors in my model are plywood strand board (wood chip board), un-treated for water exposure in any way. Once exposed to water the floor is done - the strength and rigidity are compromised. This is not a glass of water spill, it came in in floods from somewhere. That is the first task, locating and stopping the leak.

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Mike,

Have the factory look at the frame on your unit while it's there. It's my understanding that there was a frame support kit made available specifically for that unit. Not saying this is the root cause of your leak, but if the frame flexes more than it should IMHO, it also could lead to other issues.

Thank You for the reminder, yes, that is one of the issues I have been PM'ing another 22 footer owner who just was up here about. I just today found out that the front rock guards are to be screwed on and not have the pop-rivets that they do have - yes, one bracket is very loose and has leaked but is not the main leak - that is on top.

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Old 05-23-2010, 02:46 PM   #15
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Sounds to me like you might be a couple of days or more... Maybe some site seeing? The RV Hall of Fame is in Elkhart Indiana if you wanted a day trip. A little drive away, but something to do in JC after you exhausted all your options after six hours. Vintage Campers is even closer and it might be a fun diversion. You can always go out to the edge of town and watch the corn grow also. This time of year it is growing fairly fast.

Thanks Frank and you too Rich and Lou,

No plans this time for a tourist visit - I am on a mission. Dead-head straight home.

BUT, in two weeks when I return, I will have the family with me and plan for a return camping trip to see what we can. It will be a warm up for Disney in the end of June. Nobody better tell my new little girl. We are in the process of adopting a 5 year old and have been her foster parents for 6 wonderful months. We have wanted to go camping with her before but this floor issue came up and stopped all that.

Any one been to Mammoth Caves recently? - looks like a good stopover for a night.

Trailers are rolling in. Lots of WBCCI numbers but I will not post their numbers for fear of making someone angry. Campers and being trucked out of the yard for delivery all the time. Looks like Airstream is back in business from the recession - lets hope so.

More later - Hey Frank - I tried to call your office number today - NO ANSWER. Hummmmmmmmm, must be nice to be the boss.

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Well, I wandered the yard today. There is a 2003 22'CCD just repaired that had 4 foot of floor rot in the back. It also had the frame stiffening kit installed on the outriggers and main frame. I say this alll becouse I received a email from another member that had the same identical damage done to his and had advised that owned of the same damages. Not I have my neck hairs standing on end. Not a good thing. So i wait until the morning to see what is said, it's not making me very happy.

Frank, I want your job, you can have mine. Seen most of the world - just remember 73%+ is water, and i go place that people shoot at you alot.

Chris will be helping me in the morning - I hope it all goes well.

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No problem,
I enjoyed catching up. Good luck with the floor replacement. Bummer it happened.
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Just got a PM from another 22', same basic issues - now this is the start of something. What to say in the morning - should be fun, NOT.

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