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Old 01-29-2013, 10:06 PM   #1
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Delamination Repair worth it?

Ive got a 1992 Damon Challenger DP. Ive got about $15000 in it and much Ive repaired and renovated. I love this thing and have enjoyed it however it does have some delamination mainly under fridge vent. I have 81k miles on it. Has anyone repaired on a rig of this age? If so how much? Im thinking of resale and it may be worth more with it repaired. Obviously it didn't scare me but I know water damage is very serious. Yes I have a new roof coat and etherbond and AC with gasket and have no more issues. You can see the swelling in the photo.
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The repair to the delamination will not be cost effective on the price you may get out of the coach. However, it make make it easier to sell without the delamination.
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Agree ... although you may get a few more potential buyers you won't get more money for the coach.
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Thanks for your input. I appreciate it.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:16 AM   #5
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if you can do it yourself...i did see a repair that was just cut out and removed and glued back it after repair and used the panel seals and it looked very good and could not tell much ...i know on mine i have a 18" part that is craked and spidered but not delaminated and i am going to sand in and reglass and paint myself..then slowly sand the spiders out and repaint whole coach...jeff
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If it can be pushed back in one may be able to inject epoxy in, via hole from back or inside, then press wood to hold until cured, i think there is a post where someone did that, parked next to a building and wedged wood to the building
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If it can be pushed back in one may be able to inject epoxy in, via hole from back or inside, then press wood to hold until cured, i think there is a post where someone did that, parked next to a building and wedged wood to the building
This method may work. The issue is, if the wood, most commonly luan, that is the surface the fiberglass is bonded to, if rotten the epoxy will obviously not adhere.
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Thanks for the replies. I talked to a guy here in the nashville area that can give me an estimate on the injection method. I will keep you posted.
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The estimate for me from Winnie was $14,000 per side, essentially replacing two sides. Several shops told me "no way to repair that would last." I traded and took a $20,000 hit on a coach worth $50,000.

If I were in the position again, I would use bolts, washers, and nuts and put bolts clean thru the sides, big washers on each end, and tighten securely. Might not be beautiful, but it would work. As many as it needed. Then I would drive it until it fell apart from other problems.

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This requies a lot of epoxy, it needs to flow into the wood, and cover the whole area, so hole at one end for "epoxy in" and another hole at the other end for "epoxy out".

Use compressed air to be sure air flows out the opposite hole.

May need to add support from inside to be sure gap is closed.

Make dry runs to be sure you can support the wood squeezing the side, and make sure you can get it flat, if the sub-layers are bulged out you may be out of luck.

If you can get it flat then inject epoxy until it flows out opposite hole, clamp and pray.
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When I had a small area of delam I drilled a few tiny holes and injected West Marine Epoxy - I kept the area under pressure for about 48hr and unless I point out the spot you would never be able to identify that work was performed. I covered the tiny holes with matching finger nail polish.

I don't see much downside in trying to fix the problem yourself - taking to a pro is expensive and may not give you return on your investment when you sale.
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Yea I mean its a 92 so Im not scared to try some things like west marine epoxy. If it could just help a little I would be happy. Thanks for input I will look at their site.
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I feel as you do. I love my 2001 Georgetown and it is all I will ever need or want. Myself, I learned to do it myself. I did a section on mine, but learned the hard way about epoxy and glue. No big deal, I intend to redo it properly soon. Not expensive, just time consuming. Having it done is cost prohibitive. learn and do yourself and your MH will be all you ever need. P.S. don't patch and inject, do it right.
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Please advise how you different it
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