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Squeaky Floors - in Jayco Pinnacle 5th wheel


larryfiel

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My Jayco Pinnacle 5th wheel has a vinyl covered floor in front of the kitchen sink and an area about 4'x 4' squeaks when I step on it. I think that indicates the sub-floor is not nailed/screwed down good, but I'm not sure. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, how did you resolve it.

I don't want to put nails or screws through the vinyl flooring and I don't know if it can be lifted up without damaging it.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Larry

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Is the floor exposed from the under side? if you can figure out how thick the sub floor is you can put screws thru the supports to pull it down or use firing strips to span the supports and screw thru the strips into the under side of the floor, just a thought.

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  • 2 months later...

I've been working on my "squeaky floor problem" for several months. I looked at trying to get to the bottom of the floor from underneath the RV. That looked to be a mess, with water lines, propane lines to be moved and the large piece of "corragated plastic" that would have to be dropped down. So, taking a different approach, I finally found a solution.

I contacted Jayco and got drawings of the RV to see the location and spacing of the floor joists. Then, I found a "squeek-no-more" kit at a local Ace Hardware (Amazon and other building supply stores have them - cost $20-$25) that allowed me to stop the squeaks. First, you have to locate the floor joists.

The kit contains 2 plastic fixtures, a special drill driver, and about 30-40 special screws. The screws are scored near the top, so that when you screw them in (using one of the fixtures), the top ~1 inch of the screw head breaks off just below the surface of the floor when the screw bottoms out on the fixture. The screw pulls the plywood flooring tight to the joist, which eliminates the squeak, and there is no screw head visible. On a carpeted floor, the hole the screw is in doesn't show. On my vinyl floor, there is a small hole where the screw went it, but the vinyl that was pushed aside when the screw went in, flows back and almost closes the hole. It is so small that I can't see it unless I get down on my hands and knees.

So, I'm pleased with the "fix" and my wife called it a "miracle", and that is good.

I hope this might help someone else with this problem. Larry

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