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Old 11-02-2019, 10:19 AM   #1
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Accidentally drilled holes through the exterior wall of my Jayflight

Hello folks!

In a moment of sheer stupidity I drilled holes for a wall television mount through the wall of my Jayflight. I now have 4 1/4 inch holes in the side of the trailer and I need both advice and guidance.

I have sealed the holes with flex-seal tape and silicone so I am pretty sure it will leak so I am not worried about that.

What I am concerned about is if I get this repaired by Camping World will it void my Jayco warranty.

Also, Camping World wants $1,500 dollars to fix 4 holes smaller than the tip of my pinkie finger, is it worth it?

If it isn't what be a better way to seal up the holes?

I have covered them with flex tape and sealed over that with clear silicone.

What do you you guys think?

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Old 11-02-2019, 11:07 AM   #2
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"I have sealed the holes with flex-seal tape and silicone so I am pretty sure it will leak so I am not worried about that." I am pretty sure you didn't mean that! I would find a way to plug it myself! There are so many types of plugs out there...
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Old 11-02-2019, 11:07 AM   #3
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Rather than cave in to the extortion from Camping World, I would fill the holes with epoxy, smooth the outside and put an "I love camping" sticker over the spot.
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Old 11-02-2019, 11:21 AM   #4
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"I have sealed the holes with flex-seal tape and silicone so I am pretty sure it will leak so I am not worried about that." I am pretty sure you didn't mean that! I would find a way to plug it myself! There are so many types of plugs out there...
Here is one example. You cand find others that are ribbed and snal into place, but you will want to seal them in any case.

https://www.widgetco.com/hole-plugs-covers-1-4-black
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Rather than cave in to the extortion from Camping World, I would fill the holes with epoxy, smooth the outside and put an "I love camping" sticker over the spot.
Or similar. Go to a Marine store and get a fiberglass repair kit. I used one years ago when I put a hole in the front cap on a FW. Available on Amazon too.


https://www.amazon.com/Marine-Tex-RM...23138692&psc=1
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Silicone should never be used on the exterior of an RV.
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Holy cow you guys are great!

I am going to probably go with the white plugs and sealant, that looks like a good way.

If I were to go with the Marine-Tex does it come with the tape or would that be separate?

Luckily it is in a solid white spot on the side so the white plugs would be perfect.
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Silicone should never be used on the exterior of an RV.
What should I use to seal the plug?
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Silicone should never be used on the exterior of an RV.

And why would that be?
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Old 11-02-2019, 12:06 PM   #10
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I applaud you for admitting to your little faux pas. Had it been me, I'd have been too embarrassed to tell anyone. It's like wetting your pants in public.

If the holes were smaller, I'd suggest a pop rivet or a short stainless steel sheet metal screw, but for a 1/4" diameter hole, finding something for that diameter could be a bit of a challenge; and you'd probably have to cut some of the thread off the screw to make it short enough to use.
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Before adding any type of sealant in the holes. Contact a boat repair shop. CW probably would outsource the job to one anyways then charge a markup.

I had a crack in wall. My dealer fixed it under warranty. They told me they sent it to a boat shop for repair. Cannot even find the spiderweb.
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Holy cow you guys are great!

I am going to probably go with the white plugs and sealant, that looks like a good way.

If I were to go with the Marine-Tex does it come with the tape or would that be separate?

Luckily it is in a solid white spot on the side so the white plugs would be perfect.
MarineTex is just a blob of putty-like substance. You can work it (quickly) and sand it after. Used it on the bow of our sailboat — the white is really white, but I believe you can add tinting agents. Good stuff, but I’d practice on something first.
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MarineTex is just a blob of putty-like substance. You can work it (quickly) and sand it after.
If necessary using very fine wet & dry sand paper wet.
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And why would that be?
Silicone will not stick to the rv as it flexes with travel and temperature changes. Also, water can get under silicone so it doesn't do the job for very long.


Read up on sealants on the search bar above in the gold band.
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So I am thinking of going with a plug and then sealing it with OSI Quad clear.
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Old 11-02-2019, 04:13 PM   #16
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I would not let CW near it! It should not affect your warranty unless you have a warranty claim for water damage from not making it watertight.

That could happen with anyone that repairs it so your repair will at least be done right!

Don't feel bad, I did the same thing with a older motorhome. I just put pan head screws in it and caulked it with a clear sealer. Clear quad seal may do but may need to be checked for darkening in a few years.
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Old 11-02-2019, 05:42 PM   #17
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I would use a small dowel for the holes and glue them in place. Cut them 1/8 short. Then go to a marine supply center and purchase a fiberglass repair kit. If you want to try and match you outside wall consider using plastic model paint and mix it into the fiberglass. Tape around the holes and then apply the fiberglass.Wait till it dries. Apply another layer of tape around the holes. Then use wet/dry sandpaper. When you start to abrade the tape so you can see your side wall, stop sanding. Pull the tape. Very lightly sand until smooth, then apply a paste wax to the repair.(Yes the paint might affect the fiberglass but since you are not using it for strength it will not matter; there will be enough bonding that the fiberglass with dry smooth.
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Any fiber glass repair place can do the fix. I had a boat and when the out drive was removed you could see where they started to cut and moved. Glass shop did the repair for $100 at the engine repair shop, they went to it.
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I would have some type of sign or placard manufactured (your name with coat of arms.. a camping sign etc) with the "mounting holes" precisely where you accidentally drilled
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I would get some plastic plugs from ACE and install them with silicone.
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