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Old 05-06-2014, 12:34 PM   #1
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Hello From Yuma, and have questions

I have been looking at this forum for sometime and decided to go ahead and join. My wife and I just got our first TT last month, its an 07 explorer bunk house. We have taken it out twice so far and have had a blast.
On our last trip I noticed the siding had a bow in it when we got home, i looked it over and found that the caulking on the front had some cracks. now my question is do I just get some caulking and reseal or is there something else that i need to do. I went around the trailer and noticed that all of the openings needed some sort of repair to fix or replace the caulking and i haven't even looked at the roof yet. I'm not afraid to do the work myself and most of it is easy thats why we got it so cheap but I want to make sure that I do it correctly.
Any info that can be provided to help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-06-2014, 12:50 PM   #2
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Not sure about the bow in the siding as there are many possible reasons.

Sounds like from the year the caulking is nearing the end of its effective life. Our 2005 is in the same state. I am going to get some good silicon caulking, carefully clean up the cracked caulking (remove as much as I can) and then recaulk it.

Reapplying caulking will only help. Keep an eye out for other damage.

I am trying to picture the bow and how it could happen. Is the siding letting go from the walls, is it a heat related issue. Tough to tell from the description.

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Old 05-06-2014, 01:02 PM   #3
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From what I can tell the caulking around the front of the trailer is letting air in and causing the side to bow out. The sides are still attached but I'm thinking that if I go to tow again it will rip the siding off. I plan on getting it all fixed up this weekend and taking a little trip to see if that works and if not then I have no clue lol.
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Good luck with the fix. If it does not work you could check with the fellows at Hilco on Ave B. I am not sure if they do body work but I have been there countless times and they have provided free information about solutions as well as leads to other resources.
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Take a look at this link it may help. Steve

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Thanks for the info. I will check with Hilco. The link has some good info thanks for the help.
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Welcome to the gang! You sure came to the right place to get answers to your questions. Folks here are really helpful!
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Welcome to the forum and good luck on your fix.....
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