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Old 12-22-2011, 10:17 AM   #1
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Skylight condensation, Roof delamination and a bubble in the fiberglass

Well I have a 08 Rockwood 8318SS.I noticed it had condensation in the skylight back in the spring, I took it to the dealer that I bought it from 3 to 5 times and they said they could not figure out where and why it was forming condensation. At this dealership they let you write up the work order each time you bring it in but do to me having the same issue, i would just drop it off and not write anything up. Well after it not being fixed i took it to a RV service shop and they replaced the skylight that had rusted screws in the roof, but that still did not fix the problem. I continued to use my camper throughout the summer and would have to take dwon the inner liner every week to dry the drops out of the skylight and just decided to leave it out the rest of the year. Every time I would reseal it and it still would have condensation build up. My roof around the vents and skylight which are very close together is feeling like the laminate has seperated under the rubber roof(wavy). It starts on the side over the rear bunk slide out and extends to the other side of the unit passed the skylight. The interior bathroom wall feels like in a couple of spots small bumps under the wall paper like sawdust is behind it. Also just noticed on the exterior wall where the bathroom is a couple of small bumps 2 inches or so starting to petrued in the fiberglass. I have just stored my camper indoors for the first time this winter so hopefully everything will dry out. Is there anything I can do do figure out what is going on? The roof and side walls wasnt like this that i am aware of. Is the dealer liable for this damage since the could not fix it the first time or am i screwed? I was thinking about pressure tesing the inside but no one does it within 2 hours where i live. Anyone made a homade pressurizing System? Thanks for the advice
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:53 PM   #2
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Sounds like you have a water leak some where for sure. All your concerns seem to me that water is getting in behind the walls in that area. A leak test should find the cause. Call around to some dealers in your area to see if they provide the service. I would work hard as time is of the essence here. Or call Forest River Your is an O8 but they have usually been good about fixing these if you can get it to the factory at your expense. Forest River wont usually charge you for the fix and trust me the cost to you to get it to the factory will be much less than the repair cost itself. Try contacting >>

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Old 12-23-2011, 09:27 AM   #3
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Sounds like you have a water leak some where for sure. All your concerns seem to me that water is getting in behind the walls in that area. A leak test should find the cause. Call around to some dealers in your area to see if they provide the service. I would work hard as time is of the essence here. Or call Forest River Your is an O8 but they have usually been good about fixing these if you can get it to the factory at your expense. Forest River wont usually charge you for the fix and trust me the cost to you to get it to the factory will be much less than the repair cost itself. Try contacting >>

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Flagstaff / Rockwood Divs. of Forest River

Phone 574-642-5165
Fax 574-343-5902
dfought@forestriverinc.com -- Please take pictures (attach to e-mail) and an explanation as to what happened in the e-mail. Dont point fingers ...Ive found being nice goes a long way! Give him a week or so to respond because he's usually very busy! I'm sure he'll help !
Although I didn't have delamination issues, I found Doug to be very professional and he resolved my problem in a matter of days. Your issue will take longer, I'm sure, but I'm positive Doug will be able to assist you. Good luck!
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:13 PM   #4
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I had severe delamination on the fiberglass sides and roof problems on my 2008 Rockwood 8315BSS. On my first visit to my dealership they told me that it was a structural issue and referred me to a fiberglass repair shop after I showed him a crack above the door. I also showed him the popcorn inside wall. He said that was a leak. The fiberglass repair shop sais the problems were to severe for them to repair and felt that Rockwood should repair. Back to the dealership. They took pictures and contacted Jonathon Gust at Forest River. I also contacted him. Wasn't to helpful, but the dealership warranty manager stayed on the job and got me an appointment to take my trailer in for repair, which I did. They could not have been any more professional at the plant. They replaced both sides, the front and the roof because there was so much damage.
The dealership did a great job, so my advice is keep after the dealership to help as well as contact Forest River warrant department.
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:30 PM   #5
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Well I contacted FR and they will fix the wall and roof for $3300. I would also have to get it there at my cost. I live about 15hrs away so fuel+time= forget it. The dealership that I bought it from is only interested in selling you the unit and extended warrenty. They hide behind all of the in and outs of who is to cover what instead of fixing it the first time like they should have done. I have washed my camper after every trip and even the roof(2-4hr each time). I am up on the roof every time and check and caulk more then I have known anyone else to do. I currently have it stored in doors with the inner part of the skylight removed to hope air will dry it out. I plan on stripping all of the caulk on the roof and retapping with eternabond. ow about where the roof membrane goes under the screw channel on the sides. Could it be coming from there? I am all out of ideas and have attached some pictures.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:02 PM   #6
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Just out of curiosity, did you try to turn the damage into your insurance company? I have heard where others have done that and it was covered under the comprehensive portion of their policy. Not sure if that applies here but just a thought.
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