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Old 06-23-2018, 02:24 PM   #1
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Hi, I have a 2008 Escape 17b.
I noticed an area about 6 inches in diameter on my floor that feels soft/swollen. When I step on it, it feels spongy. It feels like an air pocket under the vinyl. The area is just ahead of the shower door, close to the shower wall.
I worry about water damage but can't imagine how water may have accessed that area. I did have a leak around the shower roof that driped into the shower area. I haven't seen any water under the front bench or rear cupboards. I don't see any access area under the camper.
Any ideas what is going on here??
Thanks for your help;
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Old 06-23-2018, 03:01 PM   #2
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Perhaps some of your roof leak went along the top of the shower liner then down inside the interior wall to the floor. I’d think you need to open it up to see, as well as make sure that the roof vent seal is for sure sealed.
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:45 PM   #3
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If that is what happened, how can I fix it?
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:19 PM   #4
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We had two incidents of soft floor in our Nash stick built trailer. The first involved two leaks, one near the front and the other near the back, stemming from slow leaks at the roof level. The front and back walls also went soft. Replacing the rotted wood framing in the walls and the floor, plus the filon skin (wrinkled cardboard with fibreglass applied) and flooring: $6800 The second incident was one leak and the estimate was only $5000. We sold the Nash and got an Escape 21. I can't see leaks affecting more than the floor, insulation and interior cabinets.

Beyond finding and fixing the leak, as far as I know, the only structural component you will need to replace is the wood flooring and vinyl in the spongy area. That requires experienced and likely professional hands, though someone with good handyman skills might be able to do it with guidance. From my experiences with Escape I expect they could give you good advice on this. Call ETI and ask to speak to Reace. He and Tammy have given me sage advice many times. It's their awesome support that adds to the value of Escape trailers.

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Old 06-23-2018, 10:37 PM   #5
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If you have a access to a moisture meter that would be a quick way to find our if the area is wet and rotten.

Since there is a problem and you do have to find out what it is I'd use the most non-destructive means possible. I'd use a straight edge and sharp knife and make a cut along the "grout" line. Just a few inches would give you enough access to poke the wood and determine if it's soft. If it's still solid the problem may have been that moisture loosened the vinyl and you do have a bubble.

A bubble would be easy to deal with. Rot would require you to make an "H" shaped incision larger than the damaged area. You could also just cut out a square section but it's a little harder to glue back and match perfectly. The damaged wood could be removed and some new wood added and glued in with epoxy.

There is a seam glue for vinyl to glue the cut seam.

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Old 06-24-2018, 04:39 AM   #6
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I'd do as Ron suggests, you need to determine the extent of the damage. Personally, I'd remove the vinyl from the get go. If it's just a bubble, you could replace it with Pergo or whatever strikes your fancy. If it's the wood, you'll have a good indication how bad the damage is, at least the visible damage.
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Old 06-24-2018, 06:16 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the advice. I will investigate what's going on under the vinyl.
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Old 06-24-2018, 08:08 AM   #8
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And find and fix the leak, or it’s just going to happen again.
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This makes me sad. I think this is the very first Escape build where I've read there's a problem with floor rot.
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Old 06-24-2018, 09:10 AM   #10
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I have never understood why FG trailer manufactures do not use treated plywood coated with an epoxy resin . It wouldn’t stop leaks but it would stop floors from rotting
All I can surmise is that it’s a violation of some code or it’s the cost factor .
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