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Old 03-29-2008, 12:38 PM   #1
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Hello we are newbes to the rv world. I purchased a used 5th wheel and we have a crack on the outside fiberglass near the window. Don't know what to do with it. please any ideas. what is the cause and how to repair?
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Hello we are newbes to the rv world. I purchased a used 5th wheel and we have a crack on the outside fiberglass near the window. Don't know what to do with it. please any ideas. what is the cause and how to repair?
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Old 03-29-2008, 01:50 PM   #3
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Seeing that this is your first post, welcome to iRV2.com. We're glad to have you join us.

Looking at your profile, you show a 1998 36' Fleetwood Prowler. I'm assuming that's the RV with the crack in the exterior wall.

I really don't have enough information from your post to comment. There are any number of reasons a crack might develop in an exterior fiberglass wall. It might initiate from a stress concentration point at the corner of a window - is this the case with your crack "near the window"? Do you see any signs of delamination - bubbling in the exterior skin, etc.? Could water have gotten into the exterior wall around the window due to deteriorated sealing material? How long is the crack? Is this the only crack you've found on the exterior? Is your exterior fiberglass filon or gelcoat?

The more information you can provide (photos are especially helpful), the more accurate will be the responses.

I'll link this down into the Fleetwood Owner's Forum as well to see if other Fleetwood owners might be able to help.

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Old 03-30-2008, 01:14 PM   #4
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Hi, Sorry I was wrong the crack is on the front lower corner of the bedroom slide. Can't tell if it got wet or not. IThe 5th wheel is fiberglass filon. How do I send a pic? We are afraid of what the cause is that a at least 4 inch crack is there. Thank you so much for the help.
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Old 03-30-2008, 05:14 PM   #5
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Redda,
1st welcome to irv2.com. This is a great rv'n site. I had the same thing happen to my 5ver and it was caused by the bedroom slide not being adjusted properly and it put too much stress on the wall of the trailer when the slide was extended. I just ran a bead of silicone seal in the crack and it has given me no problems. Eventually I will get around to patching it with fiberglass. It hasn't gotten any larger after I adjusted the slide out not to extend as far.
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:42 AM   #6
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Tahnk you . At least now we have an idea what is going on.. thank you... Love this site.
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Old 04-29-2008, 07:43 PM   #7
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redda, We have a Arctic Fox and the same thing has happen. I was in Tuncia, Ms. the other week and a guy had a Arctic Fox with the same problem. Ours had gotten wet and the floor has given way. I think it had a leak in the front corner of the slide. It has two rollers just behind the bottom seal and they roll on a plactic strip. The floor under the strip has sunk. My damage is not very wide spread, so I got a piece of steel 1/8 thick and 6' X 12" to put under the the plactic strips. It may be a little over kill. I am in the process of primming and painting the steel. I hope to be done with this tomorrow.
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the crack in the outside skin is pretty common at the bottom front cornor in a bedroom slide models. If you notice some units have a single piece of joint moulding that comes from the factory. My '97 5er had a 3" long crack but kept getting longer. I kept sealer in it so had no water damage. My RV dealer gave me a 10" long piece of joint moulding. I cut the skin down to the bottom edge and added sealent and two small stainless steel screws. Its water proof and don't have to keep adding sealent and it looks like a factory job.

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