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Old 02-10-2013, 11:19 AM   #1
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Houston, we have a problem ...

We've just started a renovation of the "new to us" 1995 National Dolphin we purchased in late December. We had an overnight storm with at least one inch of rain. This morning as I was getting ready to start priming walls I found this ~ a bulging wall and upon further inspection a wet wall and crumbling wall (luan ??).





The first thing that needs to be done is the window removed and resealed. The second more daunting task will be repairing the wall. As you can see from the second picture the wood (luan ??) behind the first level of wall is also damp and now corrugated looking. Is this supposed to look this way?? Are there two layers (or more) of wall material? How is the wall typically attached to the exterior wall of the MH?

I found a good video on YouTube showing who to remove and reseal a window ~

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Old 02-10-2013, 11:27 AM   #2
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Most manufactures use a vacubond system. Some use hanging wall, ie, Newmar. From the pics you will have to remove the window, all the delaminated luan and re laminate using epoxy. Use the search there is an ongoing post with another member repairing a delam. This a major job and you will need expert advice to prep and accomplish an effective repair. Check all four roof corners in coach as well as exterior. This problem is not new. Best of luck.
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I would suggest checking above the window as well for leaks, just in case.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:27 AM   #4
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While inspecting the windows of our MH from the exterior we found this ~



Are these gaps in the striping common/acceptable and, if not, how do we fix this?

Thanks!

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For the most part, I believe those strips hold the sealed and sliders in place. Are the drain holes in the bottom of the track on the outside of the RV?
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:57 AM   #6
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Yes, there are drain holes in the bottom of the track. We placed clear packing tape over the gaps yesterday as a quick fix since it is raining today in Dallas.

Some type of repair was done to the roof of the MH a few months ago (just prior to our purchase) because of a previous water leak issue. I believe they used some type of wide tape but I'm not sure if the tape was placed around the entire outer edge of the roof or just in other specific places. I know that the repair cost was $400.00 and I'm currently waiting for a copy of the repair receipt to see if a more thorough description of the repair is listed on the receipt.
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