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Old 07-13-2020, 02:11 PM   #1
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Floors feel funny

We have been looking for airstream. We found one we like only two years old but the floor by kitchen and bath is squeaky and feels like it may move when you step on it. Owner says he never noticed and it’s never gotten wet. Should we take the chance? WhT could problem be ? Thank you
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Old 07-13-2020, 02:19 PM   #2
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We have been looking for airstream. We found one we like only two years old but the floor by kitchen and bath is squeaky and feels like it may move when you step on it. Owner says he never noticed and it’s never gotten wet. Should we take the chance? WhT could problem be ? Thank you
Does the current owner weigh 400 lbs.? Even if he does, get an inspector to help you seriously evaluate this possible problem.

Pull up the wooden threshold and use a moisture meter, poking through the vinyl. If the current owner objects, walk away.
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Old 07-13-2020, 02:26 PM   #3
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You can purchase moisture meters that do not require puncturing materials to evaluate wood.
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Old 07-13-2020, 02:55 PM   #5
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Of course the owner never noticed anything. And all dents and scratches are from a previous owner. If the floor looks good and feels good it might be bad. If the floor looks bad or feels bad it's bad. Good floors don't feel "funny."
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^ What he said
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Old 07-13-2020, 05:46 PM   #7
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The floor in my Classic 30 "feels funny" over the wheels. It is worse when the stabilizers aren't down. I recently had the sheet vinyl pulled up and vinyl plank put down. The subfloor was solid. I believe it is give in the suspension. Put the jacks down and see if the feeling is different. Also get a moisture meter and test. I have an inexpensive pin based model. The pins are like needles. When I put it through vinyl you can't see the holes unless you know what you are looking for, and they get less noticeable over time and the vinyl "heals".
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We have been looking for airstream. We found one we like only two years old but the floor by kitchen and bath is squeaky and feels like it may move when you step on it. Owner says he never noticed and it’s never gotten wet. Should we take the chance? WhT could problem be ? Thank you
My trailers move as I walk across the floor, as have every one of the 4 other Airstream trailers I have owned. Longer trailers move more than shorter trailers. Movement is normal. Soft spongy floor is not normal.
Putting down the stabilizers and chocking the wheels might make it feel more solid.

My 34's floor squeaks occasionally if setting out of level. My 25' does also, but rarely.
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Old 07-14-2020, 03:08 PM   #9
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Back when I purchased my 2006 16CCD the floor was very firm vinyl.

My new 2019 19FC has a different vinyl-type flooring. When I first got it the floor felt funny to me. I think the 2019 flooring has a foam backing that "gives" a little when you walk on it...
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