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Old 06-16-2012, 10:52 AM   #1
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Ladder impact - unseen damage?

My DH backed into the storm gutter on the edge of our house with the ladder on the back of our Sunseeker 2300. Crunched the gutter between bolts... No obvious damage to ladder except a scrape with paint color from gutter. I checked seals around ladder attachment points and upper sealant material seems more "squished" out beyond metal plates screwed over ladder attachment points.
Could there be unseen damage internally? Do we need to repair/tighten or reinforce the screws or sealant at attachment points of the ladder on the back wall?
Regarding sealants... What types of sealants should we have on hand? Are there specific tips or brands of caulk, etc for roof, inner wall seams, counter edges etc? I've seen places that look like a quick touch up would prevent future issues but don't know what to buy.

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Old 06-16-2012, 01:09 PM   #2
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Dicor Lap Sealant - for roof and wall edges or anything outside

if it is inside like the bathroom and or kitchen area - regular household caulk will work but do not recommend using it on the outside.

I would just make sure the ladder feels secure and tight and make sure to re-caulk the area's where the ladder attaches to the wall to make sure no water can get behind that area.

Look at the wall from a side view and see if it looks tweaked or bowed - doubt any real damage unless the wall is cracked or you ran straight thru it.

or if it is a real concern - just have a shop / dealer check it out and see what they say for piece of mind if you are unsure

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Old 06-16-2012, 03:02 PM   #3
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I did the same thing a few years ago, had to replace the ladder and a section of gutter on the house too, felt like a real idiot doing that after a 5300 mile trip with no mishaps.
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Backing up has it's challenges... I did this last year backing the boat into the garage. To fit, it has to go inside at an angle. Done this at least a 100 times without incident but one day w/out DW, I had the SUV tailgate up thinking I could see better.

While watching the end of the boat going one way, the back of the TV tailgate bumped the side of the house at the garage opening and was dented. Fortunately, Honda SUV lease had a $1500 allowance for extra wear/tear... Yea!
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I just backed up my trailer in a tree and ripped off my license plate which was attached to my tail light. I have the same concern about unseen damage. The seal to the tail light looks ok. Anyway, I just wanted you to know that your DH is not alone with the back-up challenge.
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