Campers have floors of wooden material that are also furnished with vinyl material to give them a good and gorgeous look.
What Causes Soft Spots in Camper Floor? Soft spots on the camper floor are caused by the exposure of water from the leakage of sinks, showers, and water tanks. Moreover, the issue also comes when you don’t change carpets for a long time. When you are placing heavy objects, it will also make soft patches. In addition, the manufacturing faults and overuse of cleaning detergents also cause this problem.
You should check your floor after some time to prevent further damages. You can walk on them, and if you feel mushy, the underneath layer is affected by moisture.
You can also spot this area because they are not like the remaining surface. When you walk on them, you can feel that your foot is sinking.
Presence of water
The main reason for soft spots on the camper’s floor is the long-term accumulation of water.
Sometimes water leaks from the sinks and taps due to plumbing issues or loose joints between water pipes.
In addition, the dripping of water is also standard during the rainy season from the roof when their material becomes damaged, and cracks are produced on their surface.
Sometimes people park their vehicles on the beach where the humidity level is higher than in other places; in return, it also increases the moisture level in the interior side, damaging the floor.
The dampness also increases due to accidental water spillage.
If the air crossing in the interior side is poor, then excessive humidity percentage than the normal makes the surface soft.
The water also comes from people’s water tanks in their RVs for regular usage. However, these tanks start to leak after they become old.
The spots are common in front of sinks and bathroom areas due to regular exposure to water at this place.
You can resolve it by tightening the connections between all the pipes. You should also use dehumidifiers to decrease the moisture level during cold winter days.
You can also seal the surface using suitable sealants, reducing water-based damage. It will also be better to use mats outside the bathrooms and kitchens so people can soak water in them.
It is also better to completely dry the floor when accidentally water spills on the interior side.
The manufacturing process is always typical in RVs for their regular maintenance. People also install new things in them according to their comfortability and easiness.
RVs have different openings on the roofs, windows, and doors, but the manufacturers sealed them completely.
Sometimes people want to install something new, opening these seals during manufacturing operations.
One of my friends told me he installed the furnace duct in his camper and could not seal the surface properly; after a few weeks, the soft spots appeared on the area of the duct.
Due to continuous exposure to moisture, the surface becomes fragile if it is wooden material. In addition, due to dampness, the mildews also grow there.
The presence of mildews rotted the wooden floors and completely damaged them. When facing the formation of patches, you should consult a technical and expert plumber.
You should seal the floor completely after installing or removing any equipment on the interior side. It is also better to close all the holes correctly so water cannot reside in them.
You can also replace the wooden material or use vinyl coatings on the floor rather than hardwood. The vinyl floors are less susceptible to damage from water than other materials.
Overuse of detergents
Maintaining cleanliness in your RVs is better because dust accumulation is harmful. The accumulation of dust particles increases the risk of damage to electrical appliances and reduces their efficiency.
For cleanliness, people wash thoroughly by using detergents or some chemicals. People also use dishwashing detergents to clean their floors.
Sometimes spillage of oil and other material makes the floor sticky, and people wash them. The detergents contain strong chemicals, damaging the surface and small white color patches appear on it.
The excessive use of these chemicals also destroys their colors. The fainted color also looks bad and is more vulnerable to damage because of its soft surface.
Some people also use cleaners that cannot dry wholly or fast, which is harmful and create a problem.
The soft surfaces are also damaged easily and breakable due to minor stress. The chemicals are also harmful if the subfloors are not present underneath.
Due to the absence of this layer, the chemicals that accumulate on the lower site affect the surface directly and make them soft.
You can resolve this issue by installing subfloors on the underneath side. You can also use cleaners that are less chemicals-based.
Moreover, the chemicals used for cleaning purposes should be that which dries quickly. You should also turn on your fans or dehumidifier to remove moisture after the cleaning process.
Floors are old
They are the significant component of vehicles you can replace after a long time. For example, many campers have wooden floors because they are less weather-resistant.
Moreover, using wooden types is also beneficial because they are less expensive and lightweight RVs.
People also use a vinyl coating to increase their strength and durability. However, they can be susceptible to damage when they become too old.
The white spots will appear on wooden surfaces when they become old due to faintness in their color. Moreover, the surface of wood also becomes fragile after some time.
The presence of moisture causes mildews and molds that can eat the wood, make the white patches on them, and decrease their strength.
Due to consistent usage, the molds and water will also damage the second layer. You should change the subfloor to resolve this issue for better support in the future. This is a common issue in the Fleetwood Elkhorn truck campers.
It will also be necessary to use high-quality wooden material for manufacturing the new ones so they can last for a longer time.
You should also seal all the sides correctly to prevent further issues. You can also use plastic sheets while fixing the sub-layers to prevent water from dripping into the inside layer.
Using Carpets on camper floor
People use carpets on their floors in different colors and designs to give a luxurious look to the interior.
Moreover, people also place them in the interior to make excessive space and save the furniture.
When you use carpets for the long term without changing them, the dust will accumulate on the lower side, making soft patches on the floor.
The wooden type is more susceptible to this damage than other ones. This is because the dust embedded in fibers of the carpets and these carpets, when placed on the surface for a long time, will make the surface fragile.
It is better to clean the carpets regularly and maintain their cleanliness. You should also use vacuum cleaners to clean the dust and dirt particles.
Moreover, it is also necessary to remove carpets for some time to air can pass through the surface.
Storing Camper for a long duration
Most people use campers for weekend trips, and otherwise, they remain in the parking area. The floors that remain unused for a long time their surface become fragile.
When the soft spots form on them, they are easy to break. They will also break when you place heavy objects on them.
Moreover, people also complain that the surface is that soft; if they move their objects from one place to another, it will damage.
The presence of dust or some insects also causes harmful effects on the floor and softens them. Therefore, you should take care and clean the dust from them twice a week.
You can also start their battery to remain in use and prevent patches. You should also park campers in the area where water is not present near them.
Moreover, you should not park them in an open area to prevent the entry of dust and insects.