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Old 03-24-2016, 08:25 PM   #15
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I'm betting it's expanding from moisture and pushing the side out. I got a heat gun and looks like plenty of good weather. Screws are definitely rusted.
Are you referring to the screws on the side of the molding (which shouldn't even be there) or the screws in the channel under the vinyl trim ?
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:31 PM   #16
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Old 04-22-2016, 05:02 PM   #17
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Been there, done that.....be sure there is no mold in there as well! If any wood is rotted, the job will get bigger. Like a cancer, you have to get it all out.
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The braces that are bent are the outriggers and they are the single point of attachment between the I-beam frame and the RV body(floor/walls). Also, normally, the floor joists sit about 1/2 inch above the top of the I-beams. The fact that the outriggers are bent indicates the frame did bend up at the ends, the body tried to stay straight, so the outriggers bent, then the sidewall started popping screws and delaminating.

If the sidewall problems were only due to moisture, then the outriggers would not be bent. It is possible that the moisture problems existed first, but unlikely, because in that case, the wall would have failed first and the outriggers would have remained straight since the wall would have lost it's rigidity.
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I have absolutely no advice for you, but man, I feel your pain. It's just horrible when things like that happen. You spend enough of your hard earned money just buying it, then something like that happens. Good luck, and I hope it doesn't spoil your RVing. (It doesn't sound like it will, though)
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Since at least part of it is an accidental occurrence have you thought about filing an insurance claim? I have no idea if anything like that could be covered but it looks kind of bad to me. Good luck.
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Look at the I-beam. Look at the stabilizers. No way that your stabilizers could lift that trailer, nor are the I-beams bent. There are some waves in the metal, but I think that's very much unrelated - likely from road debris.

For your lift to have damaged it, it would need to bend at the i-beam. Take a yard stick and run it down that I-beam. Report if it's straight.. Likely it will be.


By the looks of it, you had issues inside that wall that just happened to show up recently...
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Been there, done that.....be sure there is no mold in there as well! If any wood is rotted, the job will get bigger. Like a cancer, you have to get it all out.
Good luck!
"Doctor" egwilly has it right. You are really going to have to get to the root of the damage and get it all cleaned up the first time. Otherwise you will be chasing this damage as long as you have this camper.
You are in for a lot of work but a repeat performance every season would be tough to handle for me. Wet and rot leads to mold. This is something you don't want to have to deal with.
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