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Old 11-26-2010, 05:55 PM   #1
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I was removing an interior wall to make my living room bigger in a 2000 Fleetwood 16 x 70. After I removed the sheet rock from 1 side i discovered 3 2 x 4's stacked on top of each other with 3 large bolts going thru them and into the floor. Does anyone know what this is? I suspect it is where the trailer is attached to the frame. Can I remove this or maybe leave just this section of the wall and work around it? It is in a corner and I could build a small closet there. Thanks for any advice.

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I suspect it is where the trailer is attached to the frame.
I agree with you there..... leave them alone.

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I was removing an interior wall to make my living room bigger in a 2000 Fleetwood 16 x 70. After I removed the sheet rock from 1 side i discovered 3 2 x 4's stacked on top of each other with 3 large bolts going thru them and into the floor. Does anyone know what this is? I suspect it is where the trailer is attached to the frame. Can I remove this or maybe leave just this section of the wall and work around it? It is in a corner and I could build a small closet there. Thanks for any advice.
No one here can possibly answer that question. Is there a name of the company who made it somewhere? If so, you have to call them.
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The company is Fleetwood. I doubt they would be much help in homeowner modifications. Possibly this is a frame attachment. They probably stacked them 3 high so they could attach the wall onto the top. You may not need a 3-high stack to maintain the integrity. Look underneath to see if the bolts attach to the frame. Interior walls in a single-wide are never load-bearing, only the outer walls are.
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If I understand what you are saying I should be alright removing the wall as long as I leave the frame attachment in place. I ca hide the attachment by building a small closet or such around it. If I have misunderstood please reply.Thanks a lot.
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You'd probably void any warranty, if there is one, on the trailer. It does sound like it attaches the trailer to the frame but I wonder if you could replace the 2x4s with a singles steel U channel. You'd have to check how much thread there is on the other end of the bolts or be prepared to replace the bolts with similar ones. Might want to check with an engineer as the trailer manufacturer won't advise you.
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The company is Fleetwood. I doubt they would be much help in homeowner modifications. Possibly this is a frame attachment. They probably stacked them 3 high so they could attach the wall onto the top. You may not need a 3-high stack to maintain the integrity. Look underneath to see if the bolts attach to the frame. Interior walls in a single-wide are never load-bearing, only the outer walls are.
They may not be vertically load bearing, but they may be necessary for shear loads
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Thanks to everyone. i think I will just replace the drywall and leave the wall in place. A few extra feet of living room space is not worth the risk. Thanks again.

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