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Fisherguy

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Posted: 01/20/20 08:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had some very cold temps last week (-35C) and when I went out to the trailer the other day this is what I found.

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We've owned this trailer 10 years and this is the first time we had any issues with the flooring. I Googled it and found a site that said if the lino is only perimeter glued like ours seems to be this can happen. Can't wait to see what's hiding under the slide.

Has anyone else had this happen to them?


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It's normal to only adhere it around the edges. I suspect RV's just use the outer walls to hold it in place.
Cracking happens all the time. My neighbor had his crack when the temps were in the teens a few years ago. I keep mine heated to just above freezing to combat this.

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EDIT: I tore my floor by accident and was able to piece it back together and use glue (Titebond, a PVA type glue was suggested by flooring mfr) to hold it down. You cant even find the spot I fixed. Might try that.

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Happened to me last winter. Cold spell lasted 6 weeks and trailer 10 years old so the flooring gets brittle. I had to replace with plank flooring as the split had separated the crack by about an inch so couldn’t just glue down where the split was. Also cracked the whole length of the trailer.
On a positive note, the new flooring looks better and makes the inside of the trailer look newer.
Good luck with the repairs.
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Posted: 01/20/20 09:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had this happen to a 10 year old TT. The flooring cracked during the first winter when we put it up on corner blocks. It was not used or occupied during the winters. I figure the corner blocks were too rigid and the center of the unit supported by rubber wheels flexed too much with cold temperatures.

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Posted: 01/20/20 09:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yep, but usually happens near the edges.

The plasticizers evaporate off over the years and becomes more brittle. So a temp that didn't hurt anything in year 2 can cause a failure in year 10.


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Hmmm, so I'm not the only one.
Will see what the local RV place has to say, then contact the insurance company.

BTW, this site says cracking is less likely to happen if the lino is glued down everywhere, more likely if it's only perimeter glued:
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Time for a new unit.... It's had it at 10 years anyway.


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The materials used since @ 2010 or so by most manufacturers are supposedly "cold crack" resistant if you believe such things. This is one BRANDused by a lot of manufacturers.

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I have a neighbor that owns a large truck stop/convenience center, and also includes a RV dealership. I had flooring crack in previous FW, after a number of years, so mentioned it to him. He showed me 3 brand new TTs on his lot, that the flooring cracked over Winter. He said the manufacturer just sends new vinyl out, and pays about $400 for repair. The repair guy uses quarter round on the edges, and looking at one new one, you'd never know it had been redone.

There is better, more expensive vinyl available, supposed to be, non cracking, in temp extremes. I have that in my current FW, time will tell, so far so good.

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Rip it out, skim floor to make all joints smooth, glue down LVT flooring, carry on!


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