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Old 09-12-2006, 01:45 PM   #1
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These are two pictures of a problem I found while washing our fifth wheel, I suspect because it is so close to the outlet it must be caused by electrolysis.
But how can one stop it, and how to patch it?
I hate to think that this spot is going to grow even bigger.
It is already through the skin.
Any ideas?
Ever seen this before?


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These are two pictures of a problem I found while washing our fifth wheel, I suspect because it is so close to the outlet it must be caused by electrolysis.
But how can one stop it, and how to patch it?
I hate to think that this spot is going to grow even bigger.
It is already through the skin.
Any ideas?
Ever seen this before?


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Old 09-12-2006, 03:31 PM   #3
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It looks like the paint failed in those spots resulting in corrosion of the aluminum. I have my doubts about your theory that electrolysis caused it, that usually involves two dissimilar metals.

Repair will be difficult, can you remove that panel and replace it?
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Old 09-13-2006, 06:52 AM   #4
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Thanks, I should have mentioned this is a 1989 Prowler lynx I bought second or so hand from a dealer last year.
I have seen no evidence of leaks in this thing, but will have to investigate that area from inside.
It is on the same side as the awning.
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I have a friend with a similar situation. Our local RV store offered two solutions. One was to replace a section of skin which was expensive and the color would never match anyway or buy a $5.00 vent cover that would cover the area and install that. He opted for the vent cover and it worked really well.
Just another idea.
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Looks like there may be more beside the outlet.
unless something is touching it on the inside I don't know about electrolysis but could be maybe the ground wire for the outlet.

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