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Old 03-11-2014, 03:44 PM   #11
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Alright.... Here's a couple of pics.

The order of disassembly (and then re-assembly) is important, so if you ever have to do it, please PM me.

The only caveats are is that you MUST have three people to re-install the upholstered panel, it's just FAR to difficult with only two. You will also be bent into a pretzel getting at some of the screws to get the whole thing down and then back up. I am still sore!!

And do NOT (DO NOT!!!!!) be tempted to use anything other than 1/4 inch sponge rubber for the backing of the upholstered panel. We tried quilt batting from my DW's "stash" of sewing materials; MAJOR mistake.

When you start putting mounting screws back in with a power screw driver, the batting wraps around the screw INSTANTLY and forms a rock hard ball on the screw itself. I had one that was as big as a marshmallow. Then you have to pull it back out GREATLY enlarging the screw hole. Then I had to BURN the wad of material of the end of screws/drill bits. NASTY STUFF!!

Luckily, all the holes I enlarged are hidden behind shade mounting, etc, so are not visible. Otherwise it would have been a new piece of vinyl covering.

The original sponge rubber had absorbed a great deal of water, so I think it's been leaking for quite awhile. Not long enough to rot the plywood however.

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Old 03-11-2014, 05:05 PM   #12
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Looks like a big job. Thanks for sharing the info.
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:12 PM   #13
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Looks like a big job. Thanks for sharing the info.
Phil, it's a HUGE job. I suspect it would have cost me $400+ in labor to have it done. Being stingy, I did it myself; but sure as H hope that I never have to do it again.

EVERYTHING(valences, shades, etc) have to come down before the panel itself.

Oh, BTW.... I used the word *I*..... It should be *WE*; that is, the DW and me together.

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Old 03-12-2014, 10:10 PM   #14
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Thanks for posting, great info. Glad things are back together for you!
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:06 AM   #15
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Thanks for posting, great info. Glad things are back together for you!
X2!!

Bill,
Happy to hear that your leak is fixed! When you own a motor home and/or a brick and stick home, it is good to be handy and to be able to fix problems like this yourself.
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:14 PM   #16
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You guys have got me thinking and worried so I got my ladder out to look at the seal between the front end cap and the reset of the coach, It appears there is a gasket accross the front end cap to the roof that might be a rubber seal. Not sure but you can see it in the attached pictures. As for the sealant going along the roof and side it appears to be a ribbon like sealant and then painted black. If resealing is needed does all that ribbon sealant have to come off? Looks like a major job or is just the inner side the part that needs to be removed and resealed? I am confused and don't want to have to go through what Boo just went through. See 3 pictures of the roof and seal.
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:02 PM   #17
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I had my top cap repainted and the body shop mentioned to me that before they painted it they removed the sealant that was previously there. They commented that the stuff that was on there was cracking so they resealed it with a high end product. Don't ask me what they used. They then primed and painted over the sealant as an extra measure, which the factory may have done originally as well.
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:15 PM   #18
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Looks like that Delco lap and just painted to me from the picture, that self leveling stuff. If thats it take a heat gun and peel it off redo with the new and paint it black. But I'm sure I'm wrong but do not know why it wouldn't work? That's just roof maintenance, ask that commercial guy RVROOFER on this site see what he say's
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Looks similar to the motorhomes we had. Just a plastic strip screwed down over the joint and butyl, screw heads covered in Dicor sealant then painted.
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Would putting a wide strip of Eternabond tape seal the joint better and be an easier fix than removing the old sealant and re-sealing with Dicor sealant?
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