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Old 08-05-2012, 07:55 AM   #1
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Was that delam?

Being new to all this .... we looked at a motorhome yesterday and I noticed it was pretty "givey and rippley" towards the back. Pushing on it was slightly horrifying for a newbie. I also noticed a lot of clear caulking or something like it around the seams where the back panel of the motorhome met the sides and roof. (I'm so good with phraseology).

So, I did remember the word "delam" and looked it up and really don't think it's something we need to mess with. Correct?

And, are there certain manufacturers, years, etc. that are more prone to this? Any that their style of construction makes them a better bet to NOT do this?
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:10 AM   #2
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I would say it had a water leak since someone did a lot of caulking which made a delamination. Check the inside for soft spots also.
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You'll want to run away from that one. Nothing but heartache.
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Delamination is just a surface indication of what could be MAJOR problems. You cannot see inside the walls and do not know the extent of the structural damage.

I would run from any RV exhibiting delamination. we have been through that route with a Fleetwood Pace Arrow. Very expensive to repair properly.

The side of the RV should be flat and no "wrinkles" or "bubbles".

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Thank you! We had a bad feeling one good bump in the road and that motorhome would implode.
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Delam isn't what you want to see, but some slight waviness is normal (if it's uniform), as that's just how some are made.

Delam isn't the end of the world if it's clean/moisture free and dry inside, but unless it's too good of a deal to pass on, keep shopping. We had bought a unit with delam, but it wasn't actually from a leak (as the waviness would start in the middle of a sidewall, and near no joints or windows). In that case, the delam was from extreme heat in the summer months, and cold in the winter months. It happens....these things aren't iron tanks.
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I would say it had a water leak since someone did a lot of caulking which made a delamination. Check the inside for soft spots also.
The caulking wasn't the cause of the delam, it was the water intrusion or possibly (but not likely) from heat. The caulking may have stopped the leaks but the delam still exists.
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pics are the only way we can really tell what caused it, and if it's serious. I've seen a lot of it over the years. As with anything, if you're not 100% certain about it, walk away....you'll never lose money on something you didn't buy.
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