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Old 10-05-2014, 11:23 PM   #11
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Thanks for the update. Keep us posted.
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Old 10-06-2014, 09:05 AM   #12
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Yes. The wonderful world of moisture. Water causes havoc to all RVs. You either get wood frame rotting, or delamination. Fiberglass delamination is actually harder to repair (but with the aluminum framing, usually the framework remains strong. The inside falls apart). The wood frames rot, but is actually easier to remove the aluminum skin, rebuild the woodwork, and reapply the skin.

Good luck on the repair. It can be repaired to look as it was never damaged.
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Old 10-06-2014, 09:41 PM   #13
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Informative pics, thanks for sharing your progress. I agree, a bit rough due to the combo of water intrusion and materials Jayco used in construction but very repairable.
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Thanks for being supportive, guys. Going this weekend to see how it's coming along. Hope to get some pics to share. Thank goodness it can be repaired. And I consider myself very lucky to have found someone nearby to restore it without breaking my pocketbook.

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Old 10-13-2014, 10:53 AM   #15
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Yes. The wonderful world of moisture. Water causes havoc to all RVs. You either get wood frame rotting, or delamination. Fiberglass delamination is actually harder to repair (but with the aluminum framing, usually the framework remains strong. The inside falls apart). The wood frames rot, but is actually easier to remove the aluminum skin, rebuild the woodwork, and reapply the skin.

Good luck on the repair. It can be repaired to look as it was never damaged.
Regarding the aluminum framing remaining strong...we had a leak on the front roof seam of our 5th wheel, caught it fairly quickly but I can feel a soft spot on the wall behind the bed. Our camper will never move from it's seasonal spot at the campground. Is there any way to stabilize the wood within the framing from the inside of the camper without removing the outside skin?
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Old 10-13-2014, 02:04 PM   #16
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Sure. you can remove the inside skin. That might be easier actually, The walls are put up with either staples or nails (nail gun-short finish type nails). They can usually be pryed out. Replace the rotted wood, then replace any wet insulation, and finally re-attach the wall boards. Or replace the wall boards, if they are rotten also. Problem is finding wall boards that match with existing ones.
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Thanks for the info qwed94! Hubby can deal with replacing the wall boards if we need to, he's pretty handy. Might be nice to get rid of the stock vinyl walls in there anyway! Great advice!!!
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repair process continued

Hello again. The repair is going great! We are so pleased with the results so far.

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Thanks WVDusty. "Momma Jay" is going to be rebuilt better than factory-made up front.

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