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Old 06-21-2022, 01:13 PM   #1
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Delamination Repair?

Hello out there in ORV land,
Our 2014 Creek Side 20FQ has formed a bubble on the front 'cap' panel. FYI, the offending split in the seam between the roofing material and the front cap has been fixed, but would like to get it repaired. So I have some questions:

1. Can this be repaired? If so, how big of a deal is it?
2. I assume this is not really a DIY type project - is that true? (I am not afraid to take this on, if it is doable with the sort of tools that would be in a DIY'er's garage.
3. If it is not wise to take on, any suggestions on where to start looking for a shop to work on this?
4. Any thoughts on how much this might cost?

Thanks for any input and thoughts.
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Ouch!! Check this article out: https://thecampingadvisor.com/repair...ion/#tab-con-1

1. Can this be repaired? YES If so, how big of a deal is it? YES & NO depending on large it is
2. I assume this is not really a DIY type project - is that true? YES & NO depending on how handy you are
3. If it is not wise to take on, any suggestions on where to start looking for a shop to work on this? Start with an RV and auto collision repair shop, marine gelcoat repair specialist
4. Any thoughts on how much this might cost? NO, get a quote then you decide how big a job it is.
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Old 06-22-2022, 09:51 AM   #3
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Can you post some photos?
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Old 06-23-2022, 05:40 PM   #4
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Hello out there in ORV land,
Our 2014 Creek Side 20FQ has formed a bubble on the front 'cap' panel. FYI, the offending split in the seam between the roofing material and the front cap has been fixed, but would like to get it repaired. So I have some questions:

1. Can this be repaired? If so, how big of a deal is it?
2. I assume this is not really a DIY type project - is that true? (I am not afraid to take this on, if it is doable with the sort of tools that would be in a DIY'er's garage.
3. If it is not wise to take on, any suggestions on where to start looking for a shop to work on this?
4. Any thoughts on how much this might cost?

Thanks for any input and thoughts.
some photos would help answer these questions. Something to think about, when making these repairs, you can always pop a mondo hole in outside layer, fill it with expoxy, and then find a closely matching vinyl sticker of some sort to cover the hole.

We had delam on our 2018 KZ connect. I was going to just open a hole (vertically along the delam area) and fill it was two stage epoxy resin. i was going to have a local shop copy the decals and just add it over the slice.

Alas, we got rear-ended by a tractor trailer and totaled out our KZ before we made it home, so I never got to affect the repairs. But I think the idea is solid.
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Old 06-30-2022, 09:53 AM   #5
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Cool Thanks for the replies!

Thanks for the replies to our "delam" problem. We are on the road to repair, looks like September. Our water leak is fixed, so it will not get worse.

FYI, behind the front "cap" the construction is done with "studs", not a solid backer, so glue would only work on the studs. The cap itself is the full coverage sheet, so since it is damaged, the only fix is rull replacement. Not cheap, that is for sure. So, word to the wise, be sure to check and keep ALL seams sealed. I suggest doing full inspections more than once a year.

Again...thanks to everyone for your input!
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Pics?

Oops, forgot to ask...would it still be helpful to anyone to see a picture or two of the issue?
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Oops, forgot to ask...would it still be helpful to anyone to see a picture or two of the issue?

Yes, before and after photos would be helpful Thanks


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Many will disagree but if it was my trailer, I'd consider replacing the front checkerplate with a heavier pce that covers the entire front......done.


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Old 07-01-2022, 09:50 AM   #9
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"Delamination" Before...

Here's a picture with the sun to help with contrasts of the delamination on the front panel of the trailer (complete with bug splatters from the trip).

This is the 'before' picture. The repair will not be completed until September sometime...the shop is a tad busy! I will try to remember to post the 'after' once complete.

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Regarding the comment to replace the whole front of the trailer with the diamond plate (I am assuming that is what was meant as the "checkerplate"). That seems like an alternative that would work, but it's not for us.

I do have a little more info on the construction and the planned repair:

1. The front panel that warped is actually a fiberboard of some type, so when it gets wet, it expands. There is no way to glue it down, as there is only stud-type framing behind it, not a solid surface.
2. The repair will be a new piece of a polymer type board (fiberglass-like). The repair shop does a number of these kinds of replacements yearly and has never had one come back. It is impervious to water. They are working with ORV to get the older graphics decals.

We are hoping it comes out well. The gentleman we worked with spoke well of ORV and Thompson RV (provided the referral for us) and works with them a lot.
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I believe the existing wall is a material called simaLITE. It's like a thick carboard.
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That is exactly what the repair shop said. That’s why we opted for the polymer product they recommended. Now it’s just wait time until they can fit us in.
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That is exactly what the repair shop said. Thatís why we opted for the polymer product they recommended. Now itís just wait time until they can fit us in.
My son has done that repair at his shop using door skin and putting fiberglass/filon over that.
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