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Old 06-09-2012, 05:51 AM   #1
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Looking at a 2007 Winnebago Vista 33 ft. The side where the slide comes out has a small buckle in the outer skin. Can this be fixed? Can someone tell me what caused it. Sales guy says they will try to fix it but over all part of the age. thanks for any response. Trish

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Old 06-09-2012, 06:37 AM   #2
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A buckling in the sidewall can be a sign of delamination. That can lead to a very expensive repair. Does the buckling happen to be under a window or some type of vent in the sidewall? That type of condition is frequently caused by water intrusion into the sidewall. If under a window or vent, the cause can be fixed by recaulking the window or vent above the area that is affected. It could also be caused by water entering where the roof and sidewall meet. That seam needs to be checked at least annually and recaulked whenever required.

If the dealer says he can fix it and you like the unit, then make a deal contingent on an acceptable repair.

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Old 06-09-2012, 06:45 AM   #3
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I would be very leary if it were delamination and salesmen will promise you the moon if you buy it. I'd look at something else. Welcome to the forum.
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I would not buy any RV with delamination and if you did I would want in writing the dealerships promise to fix it and NOT the salesmans !
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:37 AM   #5
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As has already been stated 'get it in writing' that the dealership will take care of the sidewall issue. We had a Class 'C' Winnie that had a sidewall issue and the repair bill was over $26,000. Factory covered it but.......
With all of the motorhomes out there for sale, I would be tempted to look at other motorhomes, and walk away from this one.
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:06 AM   #6
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I have several small sections like that...12" long by 1-2" wide, and smaller. But they are all in the lower section of the rig, not up in those big sheets. I think that you can use the delam as leverage to get a lower price if you wish. I don't have a link for you but if the delam area is large, you could search this and other RV sites for advice on how to fix it or stabilize it. Boaters seem to have the best ideas for repair of this issue. Note that sometimes, a delam is not caused by water but rather by mechanical stresses these rolling homes get from the road or from baking in the sun.
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:35 AM   #7
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Howdy Trish and welcome to the forum. Personally, I would walk away from that one unless the repair (and warranty for the repair) is in writing from the dealership. Good luck to you.
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Also it is not part of the aging process. There are mh's out there older than this one that do not have this problem.

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Old 06-09-2012, 01:36 PM   #9
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Wow! Thank you everyone for your responses? We are trading in our 1999 22E Winnie and so looking forward to the room in this newer Vista. We love to travel down the East coast to Key West every year. This year I think we will head up to Nova Scotia and Canada. Thanks again! Trish
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Old 06-09-2012, 02:13 PM   #10
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Certainly not aging - and a 2007 is not yet old or even middle aged.

It's hard to guess what a "small buckle" means without seeing it, but I would be cautioussince you don't seem to havethe tech skills to determine what it really is. Delamination is one possibility and usually means internal moisture damage, but it could be a result of something else physical.

Any chance you could post a photo of the buckled area?

And yes, it can be repaired, but sometimes there is extensive -and expensive - interior damage. Not something you want to get into without a careful assessment. On the other hand, if the area is not bothersome from a cosmetic viewpoint and there are no further leaks or other signs of problems, it could be that you can just leave it as is. Assuming the selling price has been adjusted accordingly, of course.

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