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Old 10-17-2021, 09:51 PM   #1
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Water damage repair

I recently purchased 2007 forced River Rockwood 8318 SS. I'm a full-time solo RV'er and just noticed that the wall around my rear bunkhouse slide out is severely water damage and I'm afraid to put the slide out for fear that it might fall. My traveling companions are two nine-month-old dogs and that is there bedroom there large dogs and nine-month-old weighing 60 pounds apiece I need to repair the damage to this wall immediately and was wondering if there is any advice before undertake this adventure on my own. I've never done any repairs to an RV before I'm new to this and would appreciate any input that you would be willing to offer.
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Welcome to IRV2.. sorry can't help.. but it's coming just hold on.. one thing.. you got to find out why.. and where water is coming from.. and what ever you see.. is just 1% of damage... there is 99% you cannot see.. just take your time.. and you will get it.. good luck and let us know what you did and maybe better members then me will help you oh thanks for pictures.. that will get you better opinions..
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Old 10-17-2021, 10:15 PM   #3
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Thank you for reading and replying to my post. I have determined where the leak was coming from and repaired all outside damage now it's just a matter of whether or not I can repair the interior damage and how I should go about it. Thanks again for responding.
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You really do not know the extent of the damage until you get the interior wall panels pulled apart. Looking at the photos, I would think that you will find severe structural damage. I think that the Rockwood trailers are wood-framed, so at least this can be rebuilt without metal working skills.

More than likely, the slide will have to come out of the trailer, and this is generally a shop procedure. I would throw out a guess that to get this repaired, you are looking at something in the range of $5,000.

You have to decide if it is worth the money to repair this.

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thank you Ken I appreciate your response unfortunately that amount of money is out of the question for me. I just purchased this RV and this damage was concealed by the people that sold it I asked them specifically several times if there'd been any leaks and they told me no repeatedly now im in a bad spot because I live in my RV full-time just me and my dogs so I have to decide if I can undertake this project myself or consider the fact that I might have to take a huge loss and sell it.
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MomaD, I am so sorry that you ran across some crooks getting rid of an RV. This presents a really good reason to have a professional RV inspector check over an RV before you buy the RV. Spending a few hundred can save you a lot more in the long run.

Your primary project for not is to get the leak stopped. Hopefully, you can get this done and still live in the RV.

The biggest concern is how much structural damage is done and how secure the wall will be. If you are not moving the trailer, put the slide out and keep an eye on the wall as it contacts the slide trim.

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I got the leak stopped I think. I went over everything and sealed it. I was trying to work with several of the RV dealers in my area and unfortunately they just didn't have anything in my price range that compared to this well now I know why but I'll be where lesson learned lesson learned.
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Hey Ken what should i be looking for when i put the slide out? other than the obvious of course the whole thing falling right out of the trailer...lol I can tell that there's quite a bit of damage as far as the wall and insulation but I'm fairly certain that the actual frame is still solid. Like you said I really won't know until I get the wall opened up but unfortunately I have to postpone that project because I'm having shoulder surgery in the morning and then of course I live in Wisconsin so we have a wonderful winter coming which I was totally not prepared for because I was halfway to Arizona before I found out I had have surgery and had to return to my home state to get that taken care of. So keep your fingers crossed for me and send up a prayer if you're so inclined that it hold up till spring. thanks again for your advice I really do appreciate all the words of wisdom I can get.
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