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Old 02-01-2009, 02:24 PM   #15
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Richard, I certainly wouldn't argue with you, but I find it impossible to believe that are any metal studs in this wall, at all. There is no way it could distort like it is with metal studs in it. I'm more inclined to go with a large composite panel as described by bldrbob at this point.
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Tubular steel framed laminated fiberglass high gloss walls. ( copyed from NRV )


I have the video from NRV that shows the panel being layed up prior to Vac. bond. Also took the factory tour 2 times.
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I don't doubt you. Do you have any thoughts on how a wall panel could bow out 3/4" with a steel stud in it? Keep in mind the bow is both inside and outside.
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If there are metal studs in the wall you should be able to locate them with a strong magnet or a studfinder.I'll check my walls tomorrow .
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Thanks Bob. I had the same thought and planned to use a stud finder later today to see if I can locate any studs in the wall. Jim
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Old 02-02-2009, 05:25 AM   #20
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Jim if you haven't done so, I suggest you join the National RV group at Yahoo. One of the participants is an ex-NRV customer service employee.

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Fred, Thanks for that info. I didn't know that Yahoo had a group site for National RV.
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On most moho's even though there are studs in the walls, typically they are not very close together. It's possible it's bowing in between studs.
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Jim,Have you talked to the Dealer from whom you bought the motorhome? I may be wrong but I would think that they would have some responsibilty in the matter since they sold a product that was not complete. They may not want to but maybe they would pay some of the cost for making it right.

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Thanks for the suggestion Joe. I purchased this RV used with 4000 miles on it from a private party. He bought it brand new from Beaudry RV in both Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. Like National RV, they too have succombed to the financial crisis and filed for bankruptcy as well. I'm on my own with this one, but I knew that when I purchased it. Unfortunately, given NRV's reputation, I didn't anticipate any structural problems. Jim
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I took Fred's suggestion and placed a post on the Yahoo National RV forum page. I'll let you know if I get any response.
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Jim, Matt, on the Yahoo forum, is the individual I am familiar with. Norberto must be another NRV ex-employee.

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Since the wall is bowing cause it is fastened top and bottom and when it expands it bows out, maybe if you cut the rest of the fastening to the closet wall and allow the wall to rise it will not bow.From fitting trim I know it doesn't take mush to make a piece too long and bow out.When it is out a sawzall blade might be able to cut the upper fasteners.Resecure the wall with an angle iron or aluminum with slightly elongated holes to allow travel.
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I posted on the Yahoo forum and heard back from both Matt and Norberto with some suggestions. Need to do a litle more investigative work to see if there is any reinforcing structure in the wall, or if it was omitted for some reason. The problem is coming from thermal expansion. Yesterday I took photos cold and then moved the RV out into the sun (57 degrees). In 7 minutes the wall distorted about 3/4" both inside and outside.
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