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Old 10-12-2012, 03:29 PM   #11
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I'd only try to remove the lower section starting from the bottom...only enough to have a look and see what the problem is. There may be a open gap or if it's water damage the laminate may have swoolen and there's no gap between the sides and back panel.

Very likely that you'll won't be able to fix it yourself. Again it's speculation as we don't know the cause of the problem. The moulding is installed and caulked on both edges with Dicor.

As VinceU suggested, a shop that specializes in fiberglass repair may be able to repair that edge.

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Old 10-13-2012, 11:05 AM   #12
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I pulled the lower section off today and all I can see is that the aluminum frame seems to be out farther in the middle where the trim was pushed out. Isn't his normal? I am guessing no.

The thin wood behind the skin looks Ok but I don't think the trim piece can be put back with the frame where it is.

I can't attach a pic from my phone though...

Update... I extended the back slide and it pulled the frame back in to where it is almost flush. What could be causing the back to push out when the slide is brought in?
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:43 PM   #13
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You mentioned your camper is a 255RS...is that RS as in rear slide?

If so the rear wall separation could be caused by improperly adjusted stops on the slide mechanism. I had a couch slide TT that would bulge the wall wall out until I adjusted the mechanical stop.

Try bringing the slide all the way in then bumping it back out slightly and see if the wall is where it should be.

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It does have a rear slide and it appears to be what is causing the issue. The Wall starts bulging before it gets all the way in though.

I have tried to look behind the skin but it is hard to see a whole lot. After removing the trim at the bottom and middle, there are 3" screws that go into the skin and into the frame. These were under the trim and had sealer over top of them. I assume this is all factory.

If the frame is moving before the slide is all of the way in, could the frame be damaged? It almost looks like a straight vertical piece is at the bottom and goes up. Then there is 2 angle pieces that are in the middle to make the rounded section. When the bed is all of the way out it looks good. As soon as you start bringing it in, it starts moving at the rounded section and above.
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:27 PM   #15
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I think you may have reached the point where you need the dealer to correct the problem with the slide. If there's an access panel under the bed slide and you could look at the mechanics when it's moving, you may be better able to understand what the cause may be. At least you've spent the time to narrow down the possible causes.

I know I've unfortunately have reached the limit of understanding the issue without be able to see it.
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Thanks for your help. I have called a local rv repair shop to get some more help... Hopefully.
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The place I called was not a whole lot of help....

I went ahead and screwed everything back together and caulked the trim. I was able to get it back to where the skin was behind the trim. It did hold up to putting the slide out and back in and the caulk was not cured yet.

Will a reputable shop be able to pull the skin back to check for frame damage? To me it would need to be pulled back or the inside dismantled to see what is happening behind the walls. Just wondering if I should just see what happens as it sits, look at repairing it or cutting my losses and trading it in? It is a 2005 model so I don't know if putting a few thousand in it for repairs is smart.
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I think I would trade it in.Repairs on the side and rear wall could be very expensive.The frame could be broken in behind the wall.
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Will a reputable shop be able to pull the skin back to check for frame damage? To me it would need to be pulled back or the inside dismantled to see what is happening behind the walls. Just wondering if I should just see what happens as it sits, look at repairing it or cutting my losses and trading it in? It is a 2005 model so I don't know if putting a few thousand in it for repairs is smart.
Find a recommended repair shop and get a quote and see what's what.

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