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Old 12-10-2016, 10:19 PM   #1
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Tree Branch vs. TT Exterior

Traveling on a moonless night in South Texas, I mistakenly turned onto a dark county road leading to an unmarked dead end. In trying to turn around, the upper left side of my fiberglass exterior MicroLite 21FBRS scraped a large dead mesquite tree branch, causing a one square foot hole above a small window. To my surprise, I discovered the exterior is made of very thin fiberglass pressed onto Styrofoam, which is pressed onto thin fiberboard and then a thin interior cellulose material. It didn't take much of an impact to compromise the thin exterior shell. I wonder if a corrugated aluminum exterior is stronger. My question is: Can anyone suggest a temporary patch of the exterior damage before I take the RV in for body work?
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Old 12-10-2016, 11:21 PM   #2
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eternabond tape is what I would probably use. I wouldn't even bother with the repair if it was my trailer, just roll with the eternabond
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Old 12-11-2016, 03:23 AM   #3
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Traveling on a moonless night in South Texas, I mistakenly turned onto a dark county road leading to an unmarked dead end. In trying to turn around, the upper left side of my fiberglass exterior MicroLite 21FBRS scraped a large dead mesquite tree branch, causing a one square foot hole above a small window. To my surprise, I discovered the exterior is made of very thin fiberglass pressed onto Styrofoam, which is pressed onto thin fiberboard and then a thin interior cellulose material. It didn't take much of an impact to compromise the thin exterior shell. I wonder if a corrugated aluminum exterior is stronger. My question is: Can anyone suggest a temporary patch of the exterior damage before I take the RV in for body work?
I would cut a piece of alum. that you can buy at any Lowes or hardware store. Get some either silver back tape or good duct tape and cover and seal that whole. If your just going to repair the hole you don't want any moisture getting in, Which it sounds like your going to do..
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You don't mention what year your Microlite is but I highly doubt you want your permanent fix to be a one square foot eternabond patch on the sidewall of a laminated trailer. Witch Doctor has the right idea for the temp repair.

Your sidewall has no fiberboard or cellulose material. Its 1/16" fiberglass (filon) laminated to 1/8" luan plywood laminated to 1" beaded Styrofoam laminated to 1/8" luan plywood, then the interior vinyl wall covering. Somewhere in there is 1"X1" square aluminum tubing.

It seems it did not stand up to the branch very well, but their is a thread going right now where people confirm it will stop a Grizzly Bear

I am sure there are good fiberglass guys around who could repair that hole and almost make the repair invisible, but what about the inside? The correct, and ideal repair method though is to have the entire sidewall replaced at the factory. Do you have insurance on it? Hopefully so. That's what the insurance is for so if you have it use it.
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He has a 2014! You and I gave some input a while back when he ask about a "soft floor " in this unit. Youroo! !
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He has a 2014! You and I gave some input a while back when he ask about a "soft floor " in this unit. Youroo! !
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Old 12-11-2016, 06:24 AM   #7
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Thanks, everyone. I don't have insurance on my 2014 MicroLite 21FBRS, so I will patch the boo boo with an aluminum square and Eternabond tape on both the inside and outside. This is my first TT and it has been a real learning experience. I think it will become my "ranch satellite office," and I will purchase a new one for more traveling and camping adventures. I now have a much better understanding of TT, and will ask the dealer appropriate questions regarding structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and interior construction. I truly appreciate the knowledge and experience of this forum's members, and will definitely pay it forward. Onward thru the fog!
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A college professor taught me that "the secret to success is to surround yourself with people much smarter than yourself." Thanks guys for all the advice you provide to us novices, greenhorns, and mechanically challenged! Go Dallas Cowboys!
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Hector, a while back you said something about buying a Airstream, the trees treat Airstream the same as FR products! The repair will be a "Little " more $$$ though! You can have just as much fun in a FR product ! Youroo! !
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Well one thing we are very fortunate in our area to have a very good RV repair service. Toured there shop earlier this year and I think they could actually build an RV at there facilities. Had a 5er there that got side swiped and they even built a new slide for it and when done the paint was awesome and one would never know it was in an accident. Hope I never have to use them but I will if I have an accident. Later RJD
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