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Old 12-17-2010, 01:11 PM   #1
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Forest River Surveyor Bubbling Lamination

I have a 2003 Surveyor....it is in mint condition, but I guess the correct term is "Delaminating" in a couple of spots...the front above the window..the thin fiberglass is bubbling from the foam, looking like a ripple or bubbles...
Is there any fix for this?
I am assuming there is no warranty on these trailers after a couple of years?
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:40 PM   #2
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FR's warranty is for 1 year, but at the time of purchase you can buy an extra year for $150.
As far as a fix for delam, the only thing I know is repalcing the entire wall. Hopefully someone else may know of a cheaper and easier fix.

Good luck.
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Not another one..............................
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Old 12-18-2010, 05:15 PM   #4
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You might try drilling a hole just under the skin and injecting epoxy.
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Old 12-18-2010, 07:18 PM   #5
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i hads some bubbling going on below a window in my last camper and it turned out to be water leaking from around the window and it ended up rotting the the wall panel from the inside of the out, it got so soft that you could poke your finger right through the wall,
IMO if you have bubble you got a water problem some ware
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:53 AM   #6
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i hads some bubbling going on below a window in my last camper and it turned out to be water leaking from around the window and it ended up rotting the the wall panel from the inside of the out, it got so soft that you could poke your finger right through the wall,
IMO if you have bubble you got a water problem some ware
I am dealing with a similar issue. I got a bubble underneath my fridge vent. I took it to the dealer for the service manager to look at it, and he showed me where water was getting under the caulk between the fridge and the camper. It feels like the luan plywood is separating instead of the fiberglass coming unglued. I hope to do a post with pictures and a remedy (cover up) soon. Too cold to mess with it right now.
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It is amazing, there are products on the market like 100% silicone that could be used and i would pay the extra price......The problem with these type of issues is that in most cases by the time bubbles develop there is more damage with in...There is no warning!!!
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It is amazing, there are products on the market like 100% silicone that could be used and i would pay the extra price......The problem with these type of issues is that in most cases by the time bubbles develop there is more damage with in...There is no warning!!!
Wade, it looks like the old caulk that failed on my fridge was silicone. I got a screw driver out to pry it out to see what the problem was, it pulled out easy with out prying, and all in 1 piece. It just did not stick. I am not sure what I am going to use to replace it. For the time being, I stuck it back in place, and also have a garbage back over the fridge vent to keep water out of there to minimize further damage.
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......The problem with these type of issues is that in most cases by the time bubbles develop there is more damage with in...There is no warning!!!
That's the way it was with mine. By the time I noticed the bubbles, water had intruded into the walls and caused damaged. The styrofoam insulation expands when wet and loses some of it's insulation capabillities. Once the delam starts it usually will continue, so if you "fix" a spot there is no guarantee that it will stop there. At least this is what I was told and the reasons why it had to go back to the factory to replace both sidewalls. I was lucky that mine was still under waranty because I was told the cost of replacing one sidewall could run as high as $4,000.

A couple of things bothered me about my tt's delam problem. First they said the cause was a bad batch of glue used during the manufacturing process when mine was made, but I have noticed that many tt's made long before mine and long after mine have this problem. Also they never answered how the water got inside the walls. I just speculated on my own that the delam caused some of the caulking to seperate and allowed water in, but I don't know for sure. They did not caulk anywhere other than where the new sidewalls were attached. I would have thought they would re-caulk the whole roof, just in case. I did clean and re-caulk the roof myself.

Hopefully no one else will experience this problem, but I'm afraid that's just wishful thinking.

Good luck.

P.S. mtnguy, perhaps Dicor will work for you. I picked some up at the dealership for around $7 a tube.
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P.S. mtnguy, perhaps Dicor will work for you. I picked some up at the dealership for around $7 a tube.
I have been thinking about using Dicor when redoing the seam. Since I own an RV, that is a shelf item around my house.

I have been going back and forth on how to address this, so your suggestion confirms my initial thoughts.
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