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Old 05-15-2013, 10:34 AM   #1
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Fiberglass seperation

Hi everyone, I am new to the site , found you all last night in my search for answers to my problem. Took a look around and I joined. It didn't take long, I liked what I saw in this site so I am excited to become a part of it all. Now for a little history and my issues.
I am 52yrs old married to a wonderful woman of 50yrs and married for 30 yrs, we have 2 daughters, 27 and 22, one son, 16 and 2 grandkids and with the growth of our family, our old camper, a 24 ft terry lite has become too small, (havn't sold it yet), so I purchased a 2005 Dutchmen Classic 26FB travel trailer with a 14ft slide about 5 wks ago. We took it out 2 weekends ago and it rained like crazy. The day after we got back I noticed the fiberglass was wavy at the top where it is rounded on the front at the top and down the side at the very front over the storage compartment. There is/was no apparent water anywhere inside that could be seen and I dont have a clue what to do. Nothing was wavy when I was looking at it before I bought it that I saw so I really don't think there are any rotting issues. Sitting in the back yard 5wks, $8,000 in debt and one, 2 night trip later, here I am with this issue, what luck. Anybody have any ideas. Need all the advice and help I can get. Thanks, David

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Old 05-15-2013, 10:44 AM   #2
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I had allready retyped in the other forum but thanks for your help. I hope the second one doesnt cause any problems, sorry, Im trying to learn my way around the site, thanks again, David

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Old 05-15-2013, 11:15 AM   #3
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Even if this is a leak, it would not delaminate this quickly. Fiberglass on a camper is not thick like it is on a boat. A lot of campers will twist slightly if parked in a slight bind. I would park it o a perfectly flat surface and see if the wavy look goes away.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:19 AM   #4
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Wavy fiberglass is usually a sign of delamination, a condition where water gets between the fiberglass and the laun plywood substrate. The water swells the fiberglass and causes it to separate from the fiberglass mat top layer. It happens usually where a seam isn't properly sealed (caulked) and allows water entry. Very expensive to have repaired professionally, some have successful injecting appropriate epoxy or bonding glue, then applying clamping pressure by bracing against a wall or other immobile surface.

I wonder about your description of the "rounded on the front at the top" because usually those areas are molded without plywood backing. Check the seam where the front cap meets the roof and around clearance lights, etc. If there is no wood, I'd live with it. If there is wood, you'll need to either repair as described above or at least dry it out to prevent future rot and mold.

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Old 05-16-2013, 10:49 AM   #5
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