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Old 04-29-2017, 11:16 AM   #1
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Water damage to slide

Need some help. I had or have a leak on the driver side slide wall next to fridge the wood is rotted the paper is molded on back side the fiberglass has delaminated below window. First question is this something that is covered with extended warranty normally. Second where is the best place to have this fixed? I live in Tn. have had Buddy Gregg do work before not real pleased with there service, also have had Butch Williams place work on Coach but not sure if they do this type of repair. The leak was present when I pruchased coach in 09 recaulked the slide roof and put eterbond tape around joints thought the leak was stopped. If it is there was a lot of damage that is now starting to show. I can fix the rotted wood an panelling but have no clue how to fix the delamination of the fiberglass. I have removed window trim and window and most of the rotted paneling an one piece of wood around window opening then I noticed the fiberglass was loose under window. this may be more than I can handle.

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First step would make sure the leak is really fixed. Everything dry in the wall and floor?
We found caulk don't work no where, no how, no kind.
Eternabond from roof material to overlap about 1 1/2" down side is what works every time.
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No moisture present just dry rot and mold stains does not appear to be live mold the panels on the foam are dry rooted and the wood forming the window opening is mostly dry rooted the vinyl covering was mostly loose and had mold and mildew stains there is no ordor of mildew in coach dw has a very keen sense of smell and is a clean freak.
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OMC has the experience to both find and stop the leak, and repair the damage. No sales tax helps too... Yep, a bit of a drive@!

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Old 04-30-2017, 06:00 AM   #5
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IF... you are sure the leak stopped then interior repair can be done.
Our experience involved stripping the interior layer of luan wood. What was left was the last layer of luan which was bonded to the foam insulation. Clean and rebond a new layer of luan with a generous coating on both surfaces of contact cement. After that we refinished the inside surface with the room finish.

It is a patience testing process and our finished repair is now the strongest part of the interior space, but it is only one leak away from having to do it all it over again.
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With out some pix it is hard to "see" how much damage is done. But I have done repairs in several ways. If it is right under the window, then pull the window, scrape out the old wood any way you can and make some "fresh wood" to install in the area. Get a carpet roller and a heat gun to flatten the bulge to the new wood, then install the new wood with some subfloor adhesive, use the roller to flatten and put pressure on it. I use clamps. If the fiber glass is beyond saving then get a piece of replacement pane from the manufacturer and cut out the bad area and reinstall using adhesive. think of the rv wall like fancy foam food coolers, believe me, they just look solid, you can get through them with a battery skill saw in less than 3 mins....
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Old 04-30-2017, 06:42 PM   #7
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Composet Products (delamrepair.com) offers options for fixing water damage. It can be pretty easy and cheap
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Old 04-30-2017, 07:33 PM   #8
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Need some help on reparing slide. I have removed all the damaged wood have most of the rust removed on the frame tubing. Have two ways to treat the rust, prime and paint or use rust stabilizer. Any thoughts on which is better. Second gluing the luan back to the foam and metal frame there seem to be several options, contact cement appears to be what was the factory option, have seen post on using spray foam the window type, some use a dap product that is approved for eps, 3m spray adhesives are some choice. Any and all thoughts would be helpful.

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Good work.
For rust we use Corroseal. Best product hands down. Treat it using brush on coating according to bottle. Easy cleanup. Prime it to seal.

Because you did a good job with removing all the luan, you have to bond to foam. THat won't be an issue if the foam is framed by metal on 4 corners. We would go with a foam adhesive. Contact cement will melt foam. Stay away from contact cement except on the frame.

Good job removing the rot by the way. Ours would not let go in some spots. We replace the luan with thin marine grade ply to be sure. A little thicker, but worked on our shower application.

Luan don't like water.
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3M spray glue, to install your insulation and your paneling. Don't go cheap on this. They have different temp ranges on the glue. trick is to coat both surfaces, let get tacky, the install.

You can paint or wall paper the entire slide to match. Most manufacturers will sell you a replacement panel. Use rust stabilizer other wise you have to strip to metal, prime then paint.

Use Eternabond tape or Useal roofing tape (1/4 cost) from home depot in the roofing department. Lowes probably has a product that does the same thing. Don't fool around with caulking. Clean your surfaces with paint thinner on a rag before applying the tape. Should last a lifetime.


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Need some help on reparing slide. I have removed all the damaged wood have most of the rust removed on the frame tubing. Have two ways to treat the rust, prime and paint or use rust stabilizer. Any thoughts on which is better. Second gluing the luan back to the foam and metal frame there seem to be several options, contact cement appears to be what was the factory option, have seen post on using spray foam the window type, some use a dap product that is approved for eps, 3m spray adhesives are some choice. Any and all thoughts would be helpful.

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