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Old 11-23-2014, 07:57 PM   #1
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Gel Coat Crack

Just got back from a 8 day camping trip. When getting ready to leave I noticed that around my bedroom slip that the gel coat has cracks about the screws that hold the seals in.

My question is what is the proper way to repair this. I am bring it into the dealer this week to have other problems fixed and want to know a little more about the repair.


My camper is a 2015 Crusader 351 REQ
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Pictures would help I see where you also posted about underslide issues. Good Luch
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Old 11-24-2014, 10:54 PM   #3
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'Bout the only way to fix it is to either replace the sheet or to grind all of the cracks out and all the way to the bottom of the cracks, and reglass, reapply the gelcoat or glass and paint, or some combo of those depending on the depth or extent of the damage.
I have something similar on one of my side walls on a slide (the wall that the wiper seals rub on). But replacing the sheet is easy to do on it. Just remove the trim and silicone and just a small piece, probably like 40"x76", so easy to handle....after you take the slide out.

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Those cracks are not on the slide they are on the side of the camper.
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Those cracks are not on the slide they are on the side of the camper.
Right, i got that.
Same thing to repair the side. Factory will most likely want to replace the whole wall if under warranty , but any rv or rv/boat or fiberglass collison repair facility will either repair like i said, or replace the whole sheet of laminante or find a good place to seam a piece in.
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Possibly a stress crack from the screw but someone familiar with your unit should look at. At this point I don't think it would be a major problem unless it continues to spread. IF it is a stress crack MillerTimes suggestion to grind down and repair would be a good one. Contact PrimeTime and send them pictures. Do not expect the side to be replaced.

It appears to me that that is a piece of foam until the flange lip. If so I would use a sealant such as Dicor or Proflex. Normally putty like that shown in MillerTimes picture is used.

Please keep us posted on the resolution of both your posts.

I see you live in Denham Springs. I lived in Gonzales for 30 years and now retired. Move back to Texas 4 years ago.
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