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Old 09-14-2014, 12:45 PM   #1
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165 Bathroom Soft Spot

Bought my 165 used it has the tiny bathroom, felt a slight soft spot in the bathroom floor when I bought it I didn't think it was an issue just a worn place due to the small size area as its the only place you can step. After a long weekend camping we had some issues with water in the floor after showering but I'm almost sure it was just condensation from the curtain running down the wall. You can remove the access cover and its dusty dry under the tub I did this with the water standing in the floor. I don't believe anything is leaking under the tub. My next thought is maybe the toilet flange seal is leaking? The linoleum appears to be laid down when the camper was built so the only place water could seep to the wood would be the toilet flange? Should I remove the toilet to inspect and what sort of seals or advice can you guys give on me doing that? Could it just be a worn spot in the wood am I over reacting? If you stand in front of the toilet to use it it's exactly where your left foot lands, which is also right where you naturally step to get in the shower.
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Old 09-14-2014, 12:46 PM   #2
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Pretty sure my leak was coming from the curtain where this missing caulk is.
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Old 09-14-2014, 01:32 PM   #3
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Two thoughts.
There is a water line that runs along the wall behind the toilet. Could that be damaged?
I would also check the roof for a possible leak point. Water can rake some scenics routes from the leak point to the visible damage point.
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Old 09-14-2014, 02:26 PM   #4
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The floor is going to flex when you step in between the frame rails. My trailer is brand new and there are spots that seem soft but it is just the plywood flexing. I wouldn't get to concerned about it unless you are positive it is rotten.

Do you have an enclosed underbelly?....what does it look like underneath?
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Old 09-14-2014, 06:54 PM   #5
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I think it may just be give in the floor. It is next to the toilet where the hole is cut and no bracing. I can't see underneath due to the black tank. I thought maybe removing the toilet would allow me to see the wood. Is there anyway the flange could be leaking like a home toilet will? The water line in the back is dusty dry. The camper has always been garage kept it is a 2006 and the previous owner only used the shower 1 time.
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Old 09-14-2014, 06:56 PM   #6
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Maybe I need some of those shower splash guards do they work? Seems like the shower steam cant escape because the curtain goes all the way to the ceiling. It runs down the walls and I guess if it's not level it runs over the side.
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Old 11-10-2014, 01:33 PM   #7
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Why don't you just remove the toilet and look?

Of course toilet flanges can (and do) leak. When you take your house down to road at 60mph things are going to loosen over time. Yanking the toilet, peeling back the lino to have a peek is about an hour of your time, but will result in a lifetime of peace of mind.

Soft spots are never a good sign. Common sense will tell you if this is a "normal" wear, or if it is a acute problem. Plywood doesn't ever create a circular-feeling soft spot over time due to use. Neither does Luan.
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Old 03-15-2015, 09:40 PM   #8
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2008 Jayco 17c Ex-port hybrid purchase Sept 2009. 240 nights, 38 states. I have very soft spots in my floor sufficient to crack linoleum. I find lightweight camper floor construction is styrofoam sandwiched between glued thin wood (luan) without floor joists. I'm considering repair and junking options. Suggest you see dealer if under warranty. If not, consider trading camper for an aluminum and stick built frame.

When I cut out linoleum I expect to find I have a leak, but I cannot find it from outside the camper and I do not find I have plumbing leaks.
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Old 03-16-2015, 04:53 AM   #9
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What was the outcome on this? I have a 165 and would like to know. Thank you.
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Old 03-16-2015, 05:12 PM   #10
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I'm gathering information and have not begun. I'm speaking with a guy with similar problem a year ago and getting very negative comments about it being worth the effort. If I had to decide today I'd sell the camper for residual and put repair effort into researching a replacement camper. The hold back doing that is we really like our camper and the features it has we cannot replace.
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