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Old 02-24-2014, 02:29 PM   #1
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delamination

Looking at a 1998 It as a Sun Cruiser it has a wave in the drivers side wall due to delamination. Not very bad. Should this be a deal breaker? Everything else is very nice and it seems to run well.
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Depends on where it is exactly I guess. But on my old rig I find that if the delamination seems to be an issue I simply drill a whole thou the wall at the appropriate place and put shinny bolt and washer thru the wall to hold things together. I have don't this where my table is mounted to the wall and the TV wall mount. And also in spots that I fear will get wind under them.......
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I have some delamination on my MH but the only major issue I had was delamination at a narrow point above a window caused a crack in the outside fiberglass. I have had that repaired. If the look of delamination doesn't bother you, it doesn't bother me, you are OK.
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I've seen several like that caused by a leaking skylight. Winnebago stocks new ones for around $100. If it were mine I wouldn't worry about the wave but I don't think I would buy one with it. Too many cheap used ones out there.
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I would take the unit to a reputable RV dealer or a place that can give you a written estimate on the repairs. A god body shop with experience in these kind of repairs. Please post a picture of the delamination. If you are handy you can do the repair yourself. This will give you a way to lower the price. If the owner won't let you get an estimate of repairs thenwalk away from this unit. Have him deliver it to the place of your choosing.
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Generally speaking, delamination should be a deal breaker. The problem is that delamination is caused water intrusion. Water tends to grow things, which means you would likely have a mildew problem that would be impossible to get rid of. Second issue is that were there is water, there is also rust. Over time, the vertical stringers rust and eventually become detached from the floor. I have seen many photos of walls where the whole bottom half the wall was completely missing the vertical framing.

There was a motorhome for sale near my house. I took a look at it. They were asking a pretty penny for it. The whole was sagging outward toward the bottom. You could tell there was nothing left holding it together. I don't think the seller had any idea.
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RV sidewall delamination is evident when the outer 'skin' of your RV is bubbled or wavy.
This means that the skin is no longer bonded to the inner structure in that area and is usually caused by water intrusion.


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Deal breaker for sure!

Delams are generally the result of water leaks, then mold and rot. Often a very good indicator of how well maintenance has been performed on the rest of the coach.
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