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Old 10-09-2016, 02:43 PM   #1
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Side wall delamination?

Hello, my palomini will be a year old in one week. I've got 7 days of warranty left. I noticed last week I've got a bubble on the side of my left wall up high about the size of a golf ball. Is it worth pushing a warranty claim? I'm thinking it looks like the adhesive just wasn't able to bond with the fiberglass VS delamination from water leaking. It's isolated to that one spot. Seems to be more noticeable when it gets hot and expands. It's convienently positioned right behind the decal stripe. It's not the stripe lifting either.
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Old 10-09-2016, 03:03 PM   #2
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That doesn't look like normal delamination. It looks like something under the filon pressing it out.

I'd definitely have the dealer look at it before the warranty expires.
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Old 10-09-2016, 03:17 PM   #3
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Behind the wall is open space wher the top bunk is. What's a philon?
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Old 10-09-2016, 03:20 PM   #4
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Prick the bubble with a needle. Then you will know if it's just a bubble in the tape, or a bubble in the fiberglass. The latter is a real defect that needs to be fixed.

It could be delamination - gel or surface coat separating from the fiberglass substrate.

Or worse (and more likely) separation of the bond between the fiberglass and foam core. That is a structural issue if the separation grows at all over the years.

Prick, and if it's not just a bubble in the tape, get your warranty claim in now.

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Old 10-09-2016, 04:05 PM   #5
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It's not a bubble in the decal. It feels like the fiberglass separating from the luan. I'm guessing they didn't get enough glue on that part. I'll take it in this week. Thanks everybody for the help.
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Old 10-09-2016, 05:09 PM   #6
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Behind the wall is open space wher the top bunk is. What's a philon?
Filon is the fiberglass and gelcoat skin that is on the outside of a "fiberglass" sided camper. Its basically just a fiberglass and gelcoat formica like sheet, formica is what is used on cheap counter tops.
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:11 PM   #7
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Why are you taking it in? Is it under warranty? If so, the dealership will blame you for a roof leak and not catching it in time thus voiding your warranty.

Such a small section of delam is very easy to repair. RV Delamination Repair Composet Products L.L.C.
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Old 10-09-2016, 09:08 PM   #8
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It's still under warranty as it's less than a year old. The bubble is far enough down and isolated I can't imagine it's from a roof leak.
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Didn't you buy the $150 2nd year factory warranty?
If so, you still have another year to cover this issue.
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Didn't you buy the $150 2nd year factory warranty?
If so, you still have another year to cover this issue.
That was never presented to me. Where do I sign up? The dealer tried to sell me a $1400 extended warranty through a 3rd party.
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