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Old 10-15-2008, 12:17 AM   #1
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leak on slide (Salem)

I have a 2005 Salem 30bhss I just bought. I noticed rust lines running down the side of the slide after getting it home. After looking at the roof, there was a strip of white tape sealer running along the edge of the roof on the slide. It had cracked and water got in the wall and rusted the aluminum out. Luckly no inside damage, but I just pulled all the outside trim, alum.,insul., and window out to let it dry. I will have to replace the studs, insul.,and aluminum on that one side. It seems to me that tape is a very cheap and bad design. I scraped the tape off on the slide and around the shower bubble. This was the only place they used it. I got everything off but a little adhesive. I proceded to re seal those areas with Decor self leveling lap sealer. The dealer recomended that instead of tape. Came out tonight to find the roof bubbled anywhere I used the lap sealer over the old tape residue. Looks like there was a chem. reaction and loosened the rubber. Now I have to have the roof fixed. BE CAREFULL IF YOU RUN INTO BAD TAPE SEALER. Peal the old tape off and use new TAPE only. After tearing into this wall, I can not believe how cheaply and poorly the salem campers are made. Anyone else have problems like this?
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Old 10-15-2008, 05:28 AM   #2
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It's a shame, you spend your hard earned money and then you run into problems like this even with a new camper. Is there any way you can find the previous owner maybe by a title search to see what other problems they may have had so there are no more surprises?
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Old 10-15-2008, 11:40 PM   #3
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I did meet the person who I bought it from. Seemed like a good honest person. He probably didnt know about the problem. I checked the roof and it looked good when I bought it except the little crack on that tape. I never would have thought it could cause that much damage. Its my own fault for not looking more into it. Just thought the Salem camper was higher quality. Maybe I just got a bad one.
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Old 10-16-2008, 05:19 AM   #4
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Well you know we all learn though our mistakes for the next go a round and to post on this Forum, our experiences helps others to learn as well. I hope this is the end of any major problems you occur and will be able to set back and enjoy camping. Good luck with your camper.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:52 AM   #5
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Pics will help also

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Old 10-16-2008, 11:01 AM   #6
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Just to clarify, most trailers are put together pretty cheaply. They use lightweight material to lighten the load, and sometimes cut corners with materials. That's just how it is. They are not built like a home...they can't be. You are going to find problems no matter what brand you buy.

Thanks for posting the tape/Dicor issue. I have not heard this one before. I examine my roof often, but never noticed the tape seal thing. I'll look at mine next time I go out to it. All I can remember is the lap sealant on everything.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:38 PM   #7
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Salem has no quality control. I have a 5th wheel that has been nightmare after nightmare. Fuel line and tank issues, undersized battery, Electrical issues, the factory apparently cannot follow their own wiring diagrams. Black and grey water tank valves glued in position. Sheet metal on the sides were not trimmed and cut the side walls out on the way home from the dealer. The sealant material used to seal the roof to passthroughs is now cracking and needs to be stripped and replaced. I had less issues with my old 1971 holiday rambler.
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