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Old 06-30-2021, 12:11 PM   #1
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Itasca Ellipse ceiling panel trim

2012 42QDhas trim between ceiling panels is falling down. Short screws holding trim in place appear to have rusted off. This is only on the rear 1/2 of the coach. I suspect condensation from rear a/c. Iím ok with using longer screws to re-attach, but worry about what I could attach to and of course causing roof/ceiling damage. Thoughts and suggestions appreciated. Couldnít get in at Forest city this summer.

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Old 06-30-2021, 01:24 PM   #2
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I had a skylite leak in the shower that rusted out the screws in the trim just front of the shower and 1/2 of one in the bedroom. Factory used expanding rivets, not good. Thru the road shaking they tore up the foam. In the bath I have installed a couple of plastic drywall mounting screws into the foam coated with silicone glue, then used the accompaning screws to attach metal bracket. I still need a couple more since the expanding rivets ate up the foam, I will use expanding foam to fill in the voids.
The internal skylight shell needed fixing as the wood the screws bit into was rotted. I used short pieces of sheet metal pushed into the foam halfway up over the screw holes, then used longer screws to attach.
The bedroom piece I am either going with the expanding foam and drywall anchors, or I may try inserting a thin piece of sheet metal up into the area and twisting 90 degrees.
Also, it is more than likely the water intrusion is not condensation, but a deteriorating gasket between the fan motor and the platform it is attached to, if you have the same units I do, where the fan blows out the top of the unit. I get water dripping inside during a heavy rain. Remove your schroud and look at the way the angle support funnels the water toward the motor shaft.
Best of luck.

I bought new shock gaskets and motor bearings and will try to repair soon. In New Orleans, showers everyday.
Meantime I run the rear unit on hi fan whenever heavy rain is forecast.
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Old 07-19-2021, 08:05 PM   #3
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3M Heavy Duty Body Side Molding Tape. Available at Lowes, Home Depot. Its a double sided tape, excellent adhesion, hard to remove. I have the same problem!!!
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