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Old 09-01-2010, 08:35 PM   #1
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Fiberglass delaminating

I have a 32' Rock wood The wheel, I noticed their was a bubble on the side it turns out that the fiberglass has pulled away from the wood core. I was told that this could be fixed by dismantling the interior and use a process called vacuum bagging to re laminate the sheets. was wondering if anyone heard of this or has tried it

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Welcome to iRV2. Small areas can some times be repaired with a pressure clamp, provided you can get glue into the area. Generally delamination is caused by water intrusion ( leaks) which deteriorates the thin wood and glue used in the plywood.

The primary concern is getting any leaks stopped. If there has been water in the wall, you do not know the extent of the water damage (rotting wall or floor structure) until you have the wall open and checked.


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Old 09-02-2010, 06:36 PM   #3
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i have isolated the water leak i found it early enough that their is not any rotting of the wood just the delamination. the area is about 12 inches across. i was planing on trying to fix it from the inside so that i do not have to mess with the gel coat, i have had some experience with fiberglass repair but it has been on boats and their stringers. was not sure if anyone had used the vacuum process to fix this type of problem and how it turned out before i tried it.
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My previous camper was a Montana and I had a de-lamination problem.

I thought sure I could fix it by injecting glue underneath. I spent a lot of money on the glue/epoxy from a boat shop. For a while I thought I fixed it but it was all in vain.

If your area is as large as mine was you will probably have to remove a section to repair it. My wood backing ws ruined due to water damage. I did not have the skills to do so.

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