Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-14-2021, 07:53 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2021
Location: Langhorne
Posts: 2
What should a wall feel like

My husband and I just bought our first travel trailer used — a 2019 Jayflight 324bds from private owners. It was a family who said they only used it 4 or 5 times locally and wanted to put in a pool instead. The unit still smelled like the factory to me. We admittedly don’t know a thing about trailers and took their word that there were no issues.
And maybe there aren’t. But as I was putting in a backsplash tonight, I noticed that the kitchen wall has some “give” or “bounce” when I push on it. The rest of the wall is solid. My husband said this is just where the interior panel isn’t overlaying frame. But he’s an electrical engineer, not a structural engineer haha and he’s never owned any kind of RV. We bought this thing cash and the more I've learned about travel trailers, the more I’m paranoid about water damage. I’ve made an appointment to have the roof inspected and any necessary resealing, but how do I know if this is a “soft wall?” When I push, it gives about a half an inch. Not wet, no discoloration, but I swear I hear/feel a little crunch when I push. Am I being a paranoid naysaying wife? Shouldn’t every area of the walls be solid? What does a “soft spot” feel like?
Uhohjo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2021, 08:25 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: WV
Posts: 66
The wall panels in RVs are pretty thin to save on weight, it’s not stiff like drywall. There will be some deflection if you are pushing in between the studs. Completely normal, IMO.

If you have a leak, you would start seeing some spotting, although you may feel it in floor deflection first due to wet plywood.
__________________
2016 Ram 2500 4x4 Crew 6.4L 4.10 Gears
2013 Jayco Jay Flight 28BHBE
wallacemf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2021, 08:39 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2021
Location: Langhorne
Posts: 2
Thank you! So a “soft wall” would have other clues than just this? It does concern me that this area starts about 2 inches from the window and continues behind the stove area. How do people detect soft spots? Like what would you be feeling around for?
Uhohjo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2021, 04:09 AM   #4
Member
 
Stan&Sharon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 84
I think your previous reply from wallacemf, was describing 'water damage' spots. Here's a page that explains what to look for: https://www.progressive.com/lifelane...uying-used-rv/

I wouldn't worry about the walls having some 'give'. RVs are not made to the strength of a regular house because they must be light enough to tow. There is wall support where it's required and little, or no support, everywhere else. We use 'command strips' to hang anything instead of nails.

I hope you get lots of use from your new camper and make tons of great memories.
__________________
2022 Eagle 321RSTS w/Overlander II solar
2021 GMC Denali 2500HD Gas w/Timbrens
Pullrite SuperRails, Pullrite SuperLite hitch
Stan&Sharon is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Jayco, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:06 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.