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Old 07-03-2022, 11:32 AM   #1
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Overhead trim issue

The trim at the corner of our 5th wheel is dropping away from RV. Anyone have this problem and know how to fix? Pictures attached.
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The trim at the corner of our 5th wheel is dropping away from RV. Anyone have this problem and know how to fix? Pictures attached.

If that's a rubber trim around the edge, clean all the caulking from the area. See if you can push the rubber back into place. If you can. use some Seal All adhesive on the rubber and push it back and the secure it with some painters tape until the adhesive is cured and seal the edges with some non-sag sealant.
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I'd guess that's the result of water damage from not maintaining the seam.
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The trim at the corner of our 5th wheel is dropping away from RV. Anyone have this problem and know how to fix? Pictures attached.
Hopefully, it is just loose trim. Not trying to worry you but check for the following issue:
There is a chance it could be an underlying problem called frame flex. Frame Flex is where the front end has movement from cracked frame welds in the nose section.
Measure how much the trim is exposed with the truck hooked up. After sitting the rig on the landing gear, measure to see if it is less.
But check and make sure you do not have a frame flex issue; you may have caught it early. This issue can be repaired by a good welder.
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Almost looks like the rough opening was cut too big
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Hopefully, it is just loose trim. Not trying to worry you but check for the following issue:
There is a chance it could be an underlying problem called frame flex. Frame Flex is where the front end has movement from cracked frame welds in the nose section.
Measure how much the trim is exposed with the truck hooked up. After sitting the rig on the landing gear, measure to see if it is less.
But check and make sure you do not have a frame flex issue; you may have caught it early. This issue can be repaired by a good welder.
The frame problem is exactly what we are thinking it might be because it is fine when it is on landing gear, and then 'open' when on truck. But just on the one side. Pulled trailer 3 times, not happy for what we spent. Thank you for the help.
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I'd guess that's the result of water damage from not maintaining the seam.
Thanks but nope, the trim itself moves as trailer is flexed.
Thanks for trying to help though.
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If that's a rubber trim around the edge, clean all the caulking from the area. See if you can push the rubber back into place. If you can. use some Seal All adhesive on the rubber and push it back and the secure it with some painters tape until the adhesive is cured and seal the edges with some non-sag sealant.
It's not rubber trim.
Thanks though.
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The frame problem is exactly what we are thinking it might be because it is fine when it is on landing gear, and then 'open' when on truck. But just on the one side. Pulled trailer 3 times, not happy for what we spent. Thank you for the help.
Lori, what year is the rig?
If the rig isn't too old maybe Lippert will help you out, but do not hold your breath if the rig is much older.
A decent welder can fix this, but it is also going to take some work on your part. Unless you want to take it to a shop someplace.

Both the front panel and the overhang panel needs to be removed before the welder arrives. I have friends that have had the same issue, and had the rig repaired, so this is doable.
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