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Old 03-26-2015, 11:58 AM   #1
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Brian, the Fixed Crack is recracking!

I'm one of those that had a crack repaired in a Sunseeker 3170 courtesy of Forest River.

Well, the crack is recracking, but not in the same direction. Instead of diagonal, it's more pointing down.

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Can I just fix this with silicone or something? I don't have time to be without my RV again for a whole month. I have to leave for Iowa in early April! I have a paid job in Iowa for the summer.
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:29 PM   #2
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Crack repairs in my aviation days involved drilling a hole at the end of the crack in an effort to provide a stress relief point. Then depending on the skin material, we would construct the appropriate patch.

I think you could put silicone or some other exterior flexible sealant on it, but that does nothing to address and stop the growing crack. As to an approved repair method for the RV, well....

Just my $0.02.
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:35 PM   #3
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To Brian again, if I did need to go back to the repair place I went to in January, should I go to the RV dealer or to the body shop that actually did the repair? I don't know how much "warranty" the body shop gave, it's not on my paperwork.
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If you are going to stop drill the crack, like carlb said, make sure to drill ahead of the crack. The crack should continue to the drilled 1/8" hole and stop. You may need to stop drill the other end of the crack too. Then they can continue with the correct repair.
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You should not be worried about using the unit, that crack was mainly cosmetic and would stop at the belt-rail anyway. Drill the hole, a dab of silicone and enjoy your summer. You would take it back to the dealer that did the repair...if their work was faulty they will be responsible to fix it.
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Old 03-26-2015, 04:14 PM   #6
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You should not be worried about using the unit, that crack was mainly cosmetic and would stop at the belt-rail anyway. Drill the hole, a dab of silicone and enjoy your summer. You would take it back to the dealer that did the repair...if their work was faulty they will be responsible to fix it.
I won't be able to go back to where it was fixed until October. By then, I think it would be too late for whatever warranty they had on the repair. Can I just pay someone to silicone and drill?
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I won't be able to go back to where it was fixed until October. By then, I think it would be too late for whatever warranty they had on the repair. Can I just pay someone to silicone and drill?
IMO, if you call them now and send pictures- they should honor the warranty when you go back.
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I would silicone and call it a day, or put a small piece of eternabond from the belt rail (raised metal trim running horizontal) to the slide opening. That would prevent any potential leaks and I don't see that crack growing beyond the belt rail.
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Yes, by all means shoot a picture to mjankowski@forestriverinc.com with your VIN and enjoy the summer.
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Ok, I sent an email and a picture to mjankowski. However, my concern is that the Body Shop that did the repair may not honor any warranty because I waited too long.
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