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Old 11-20-2018, 04:57 PM   #1
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Is this water leakage or glue

We bought a new 2018 Cherokee 264L last March and I didn't notice these stains until our 1st trip with it . I took it back to the dealer and was told these stains are from glue that leeched out , not from a water leak . Dealer said they would repair it but they would have to take the entire rear of the trailer off to replace the panels or put some wider trim pieces on to hide it better . We have towed it over 3000 miles and used it about 30 nights and been in several heavy rains and I can't find any sign of leaks or moisture anywhere . I really don't want them to pull the rear of trailer off to replace these panels if it's not from a leak ,but I also don't want to take an extra hit on it if I ever sell or upsize later . Would you have them repair it or live with it ?
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:06 PM   #2
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To me, neither option is good. I certainly wouldn't want them taking the back wall of my trailer that isn't currently leaking and possibly having a leak afterwards. I also wouldn't be happy with myself for missing it during my PDI and now worrying about hurting the trade in or sale value.

IF I were you, I think I would be brainstorming on a way to hide the glue staining because everyone that see's your trailer or looks at it if you go to sell or trade in is going to think the same thing you and I thought when we saw the pics. "oooooh, water damage" and your explanation is going to sound like BS because they won't know for sure.

I couldn't tell but are those two pics from the same wall? If so, maybe a good scrubbing with some coarse sandpaper, a coat of Kilz Primer and then a "Painted Accent Wall" is an option? Or some other less drastic solution than pulling off a wall.

Good Luck. I'll be following to see what you decide.
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:55 PM   #3
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I would check paint stores like Sherwin Williams for a fabric backed vinyl wallpaper to cover the panels that are stained (Kilz applied over stains first).
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Personally, I would have them fix it.
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Old 12-10-2018, 10:17 PM   #5
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We bought a new 2018 Cherokee 264L last March and I didn't notice these stains until our 1st trip with it . I took it back to the dealer and was told these stains are from glue that leeched out , not from a water leak . Dealer said they would repair it but they would have to take the entire rear of the trailer off to replace the panels or put some wider trim pieces on to hide it better . We have towed it over 3000 miles and used it about 30 nights and been in several heavy rains and I can't find any sign of leaks or moisture anywhere . I really don't want them to pull the rear of trailer off to replace these panels if it's not from a leak ,but I also don't want to take an extra hit on it if I ever sell or upsize later . Would you have them repair it or live with it ?
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Personally I would first make sure that it is not a leak. To have the dealer fix it properly, you will probably loose the use of the trailer for the 2019 season or at least a good part of it.

I doubt that you will take a hit on trade in to a dealer, esp if you make it look good cosmetically. We have never had a dealer spend more than a minute inside of a trailer when evaluating it for a trade........ I can walk through the door spend 30 seconds in a camper and tell you if I am going to look further at a used trailer or move on to another one.........

Your decision though......... Good Luck

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Old 12-10-2018, 10:53 PM   #6
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Doesn't look like glue to me. That looks like water damage.
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:16 PM   #7
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looks like water damage to me//
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:29 PM   #8
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a moisture meter will tell the tale.
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Old 12-16-2018, 11:08 AM   #10
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If it's cosmetic on the wall, I would contact Cherokee factory for a piece of vinyl to match it. I had good size dents form chairs bump the walls. The techs from Wildcat came out and plastered over the dent and then glued the vinyl wallpaper matching the pattern. In the end the repair blended in.
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