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    Posted: 06 Feb 2019 at 1:53pm
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I am looking at a 2013 r pod 178 to purchase . It is at a dealer near me . I never owned any type of camper so I'm not real sure what all to look at when buying a used camper . I like the floor plan of the 178 .
I did notice that on this camper when the table is removed , if I step where the table mounts are on the floor it is very soft in that area . It is soft enough that I could probably put my foot thru with some force . The dealer said it is because there is no support under the floor in that spot .Is this common ? There fix is to attach a 4x8 sheet of treated plywood underneath the trailer in that area to strength it up .

Also It appears that at one time someone bumped the very bottom front corner driver side, its not bad and you really have to look at it to see it but it is there somebody put what looks like clear silicone sealant in the seal there to seal it up .

   Any thoughts on this would be appreciated .
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I have a 178 and as I recall there are no soft spots in the floor.  The floor width is standard thru the trailer.  A used TT is always a risk, as can be a new one.  I would investigate their fix a bit more.  As far as damage, tough call, what you don't want is a leak that caused floor damage.
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If your 178 has pedestal mounts for the table.. those are not what the camper was built with. My guess is the floor was compromised by the installation. It's a sandwich of luan and foam, with a aluminum channel framework. In an attempt to tighten down the floor mounts, I could see the floor structure being damaged. It's possible that fitting a piece of ply will in fact firm it up.

When it come to the corner damage, only someone there looking at it can give you an answer that's worth anything. 
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+1 to Furpod, my table sets on the floor, it doesn't mount to the floor.  It is NOT soft.  The floor is solid.  Looked at it today.
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Thanks for the responds .
The salesman removed the table and I assumed it was attached to the floor somehow (my mistake) . The floor did not look modified . It was just really soft where the table sat. He removed the seat cushions and lifted the seat storage door to get a look at the front corner that was damaged from the inside .The floor under the seat was solid and showed no sign of damage . My concern is like Mcarter said of a leak from the damaged corner causing the floor problem . Like I said the damage in the corner is very slight .To look at it from 5 feet away you wouldn't see it .

Could the floor being soft be from anything other than water ?
What is the construction of the floor made of ?
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As I said, the floor is luan/foam/luan. It's all bonded onto a aluminum frame. If there is no evidence of water damage at the edge/corner, I seriously doubt water damage in the center of the panel. Not impossible, but highly unlikely.

If you like the trailer and price, the way I would fix it is to prepare a piece of 1/2 birch ply for outside exposure, after cutting and fitting to fit the area, and to overlap the aluminum framing at several points. Then fasten that to the bottom, through the framing, don't over torque. Tight is good enough. Then I would go in the "dining room area" and put down pergo. In fact I might put down pergo (or some version/competitor) throughout the whole camper. I know several Podders and many airstreamer's who have done this.

This is a section cut out of the slide wall, but the basic construction of the floor and the walls is the same.


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+1 Again.  Chances of water damage only under table is slim.  Slim chance of delamination and might feel like soft, but wouldn't be.  Might ask them to use a hose and apply water to outer skin to see if any water is coming in.  Up to you.  I take price on trailer is good?
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Tent2Pod,
 
Check out a post from a member with a 2013 178, search on "OLIQUIR", he had a leak and it delaminated the floor under table in his 178.  Missing a door seal.  Just interesting.
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The price isn't bad but that depends on what all is wrong with the floor . I am going to have a look at the fix they did .

                 Appreciate all the input ,this is a great site ,
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