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Old 08-03-2011, 03:50 PM   #1
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Question I assume this is water damage?

I'm not sure if I attached the photo correctly either, but just looking for confirmation that this is water damage and then for help on what to do about it.
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:33 PM   #2
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Is that the plywood behind the wood paneling? It looks like dry rot. If it's not too bad, I think you can sand down all the bad wood, treat it with something like KilzAll, then panel back over it. If it's completely rotted, all the rotted wood will need to be cut away and replaced with good wood, then the panelling put back on. Have you determined the source of the leak? Not fun . . . we are the King and Queen of water damage . . . a dubious distinction!
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:04 PM   #3
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Hmmm. Hadn't considered dry rot. Perhaps that is it! Would prefer that to the thought of leaks! I will do more photodocumentation later on what I uncover that looks unsavory and get everyone's opinions on what it might be! Appreciate your thoughts on this, John and Cathy.

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It has been wet....so look for a leak.

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I thought (and this is Cathy speaking, not John) that dry rot came from moisture. I agree with TXiceman . . . there has to be water coming from somewhere to create that! "Dry rot" is kind of a misnomer . . . there's nothing dry about it! It rots because of moisture.
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Moisture could come from long exposures to very high humidity as well, not always a leak. Leaks are more common to create it, but humidity/condensation can cause it.
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The damage is too localized. It has to be a leak.

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The damage is too localized. It has to be a leak.

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Assume you will have to reseal the roof on your little treasure, unless it has been recently done in a professional manner.

Water leaks are virtually inevitable in any old RV. The materials used to seal roofs and windows, while adequate for many, many years just do not have the life expectancy to last as long as the trailer as a whole.

They fail, you have leaks. Part of routine maintenance is to inspect your roof twice a year, to stay ahead of the problems which are inevitable.
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