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Old 09-03-2019, 05:15 AM   #1
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A Small leak

We bought this used Jayco 264bh about 6 months ago and being new to Rving we didnít realize it had a leak until a few months later. It was dry season and the smell wasnít too bad. One day while out I noticed my closet smelled so I started pushing around on the paneling and found a soft spot. I ripped out some of the paneling by hand to let it dry. I had recently sealed up the roof and figured the leak was gone and this would help it dry out a bit. After drying out I temporarily covered the hole in the closet with plastic and duct tape to keep out some smell. While camping this weekend I climbed under the bed and felt around the wall panels and found it was definitely leaking again. Upon returning home I started demolition. Now Iím at a point where Iím deciding if I should tackle this repair or maybe take it to an rv repair place. It looks like a good portion of the wall frame is rotten through. Iím thinking about tackling this myself but Iím stuck on these corner pieces which look like they were specialty routed out of 2Ē plywood. My only thought would be to sister a few pieces of plywood together with plenty of screws and glue then trace the old piece out over it. If Jayco works share their plans that would be awesome. Any advice would be appreciated.

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A few ideas. I was faced with a similiar situation on a class C we had many years ago. I did what I could and fixed the outside leak, then hired a local handyman to finish the inside. Much cheaper than taking to an RV dealer. Maybe not finished with the original materials but looked nice.

If you are sure you have found the leak, fine. If not sure, take to a dealer that offers the Sealtek air pressure test to find the leak.

After the leak is sealed, hopefully before inside is refinished, run a dehumidifier inside for a few days to dry out the inside of the walls, then refinished the inside.

Good luck.
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Old 09-03-2019, 11:03 AM   #3
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Wish (I could help but I would never attempt that job! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Sorry to say that few RV dealers have a shop & techs skilled in this sort of repair. You are better off doing it yourself or hiring a local handyman/woodworker type.
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It looks like you may have some black mold. You could use a spray bottle filled with bleach to treat it. Use a no odor bleach.
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It looks like you may have some black mold. You could use a spray bottle filled with bleach to treat it. Use a no odor bleach.


Ya I hit it with bleach and it look much better now. I later read that strong peroxide would be better. Likely less corrosive.
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Bleach will not kill the spores. If it rewets back comes the mold. Ozone generators are the best solution.
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CDC recommends a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and peroxide. I used it after the hurricane at my S&B last year. The ServPro guys use peroxides and say no bleach!
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I do have an ozone generator, a bottle of 33% pool peroxide, and a gallon of vinegar. One way or another... I put in an insurance claim yesterday as a start to see what they say.
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Bleach and other methods mentioned are old-school. Today there are much better and more effective solutions. Moldex mold Killer is the most up-to-date product on the market. It kills mold spores, then seals the surface to prevent re-growth.
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Bleach doesn't kill mold
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Bleach doesn't kill mold


You sure about that?
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Bleach doesn't kill mold
Bleach will kill mold on solid surfaces, it will not kill mold on soft surfaces.
source: https://moldpedia.com/mold-removal
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