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Old 11-12-2012, 04:04 PM   #1
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Delamination?

We went out for a quick weekend trip and washed the TT after we got back. I noticed the back wall of the TT is not like the two side walls. It feels loose like the outside layer is not stuck to the substrate under it. Is this normal? You can visually see a "belly" in a few places on the back wall. My 1yr warranty is up in February. Any ideas? Are the rear walls made differently than the sides?

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Old 11-12-2012, 05:05 PM   #2
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Sounds like water got in and loosened the fiberglass off the backer board, have you noticed and damage inside.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:17 PM   #3
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I haven't seen any damage. Carpet in the back never seemed wet. No mildew smells. That would be a major bummer if it was water damage. What signs should I look for? How would they fix something like that?

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Old 11-12-2012, 06:08 PM   #4
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Delamination is one of the first signs of water damage. If it continues, it can migrate to the interior surface, but most usually it will show on the outside first. There is insulation and/or a gap between outside skin and inside panelling, so it doesn't show very quickly. I'd take it back now, before the warranty expires, also now they should have time to work on it, before the RV shows in January and everyone else is trying to get things repaired for Spring. I wouldn't accept any repair short of new external panels. If water has gotten under the fiberglass, the substrate will continue to degrade, even if the leaks are caulked.
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Is the back wall a separate cap or is it constructed like the side walls?

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Old 11-12-2012, 07:28 PM   #6
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It looks like it was made the same way as the side panels. Only ether front is a cap.
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Agree if it's still under warranty I would get back for a new wall everyone is correct on the way the water will travel from someone who seen this more times than one it will keep going once the water is in there and they seal it up the water is still in there it will not dry out because no air can hit it to dry it out after you start seeing it on the inside it's too late.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:17 PM   #8
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Lots of RV manufacturers specifically exclude water damage from their warranty UNLESS you can prove it checked and sealed as per the recommendations. If you've gone without the recommended maintenance then it may not be covered even if still in warranty.
Then again, others do cover leaks during the warranty period. Take it in and find out!!
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:25 PM   #9
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I'm planning to take this in and have it checked out. Since it isn't even a year old they'd have a hard time with me if they don't cover it. We already had one leak at the exterior kitchen fixed.

If they replace the back wall of the RV, will it ever be the same? That seems like a major task to replace and get it sealed and flashed correctly?

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Since it's less than a year old, I think they should be able to repair and match the other 3 sides so you won't even notice. It might seem like a lot of work, but remember, the manufacturer probably throw up the walls in less than a day. It will take longer in a service bay, but the replaced panel, properly caulked, will assure you won't have mold and rot problems in the future.
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If it's wet luaun under there, you've got a problem.

I agree, take it to the dealer ASAP and try to get something going, especially since this is your second leak. Make sure to take the paper documentation in hand to the dealership!
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:30 PM   #12
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I went and looked at the back wall of our TT again today. I'm still going to bring it in, but it appears that the rear wall is not constructed as the side walls are. I say this because it appears the entire back wall is "loose" and if I had a leak that bad, you'd think we would have seen damage and smells inside? Any thoughts?

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We dropped off our TT for service and while I was there I checked the back walls of a few trailers that were nearby. They all appear the same as mine does. I hope this means I just worry to much.

We found a few more items to have fixed under warranty during our last trip so this won't be a wasted visit to the service bay.

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Let us know the outcome of the rear exterior wall issue.
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