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Old 04-17-2016, 08:07 PM   #1
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Another wall delamination

I noticed tonight (sunday) that I had a wave in my wall between the top and bottom vent of the fridge. Didn`t have a ladder handy so I use my tailgate. I pushed just under the top vent and the wall gives a good half inch. Took that vent off and the screws in the bottom aren`t even holding nothing. No sign of it being wet @ this time. Would this be a easy fix for my dealer or is it a ship to factory deal ?
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Old 04-17-2016, 08:37 PM   #2
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Tough question ~~ would need to see behind the refer too to be certain just how bad it is or is not.
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Old 04-17-2016, 09:14 PM   #3
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True I thought the dealer could pull the fridge and go from there. Hate to have it shipped back and miss probably all this camping season.
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Old 04-17-2016, 09:24 PM   #4
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A lot depends on the dealer and if his shop can do this type of work. Unless the problem is worse than you can see he may be able to do it. Unless a lot worse FR will probably have it taken care of nearby. Only way to tell is for the dealer to take a look. Only then can anyone give a timeframe. With luck there is no need to have it sit on a lot or be shipped away for a long stretch.
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Old 04-17-2016, 10:34 PM   #5
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These trailers are constructed different than any trailer on the market. Fibreglass reinforced plywood walls, which consist of 3/4" plywood with 1/8" gelcoat on outside and a thin transparent layer of fibreglass on the inside. The wood gets wet and acts like a sponge in between the layers of fibreglass and rots. I can happen anywhere there is a "raw" edge of plywood, along the top, around windows or any opening.
I have removed the offending rotted wood on the inside in sections as large as 48" wide by 30" tall and replaced it with a "patch" of 5/8" plywood, leaving the gelcoat intact on the outside, gluing it with marine waterproof adhesive. Some dealers will do the same. The plant will not. The only thing they will do is replace the entire wall.
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Old 04-18-2016, 06:58 AM   #6
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How does that patch hold up long term wise?
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:33 AM   #7
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I would recommend a call to the factory rep.

He may be able to get you scheduled in for a repair. They do an awesome job and will often fix things you don't even know are broken and will be just a thank you for using the factory for your main repair.

Laminated walls need professional repair, IMO.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:50 AM   #8
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I agree with all being said. Had my Kitchen Slide out wall replaced last year and this year having my Living Room and Rear Slide out walls replaced for same delamination issue. I would talk to Forest River and see what they can do. They may just document it and in the Fall schedule a day/time for the repair. If the Factory will do the repair then go with them as like others said they do a fantastic job and will fix other things you don't think are a problem.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:56 AM   #9
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I took the advice of a dealer in PA who has the display at the Hershey RV show in Sept. Not as strong as the original wall but close. Materials are identical to OEM, if you have fixed the leak and nothing else rots u are good to go.
The problem is you dont know the leaks are there. No drips, no floor puddling, no stains etc. And the paneling/trim used hides it until it is too late.
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Old 04-18-2016, 12:32 PM   #10
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I called the dealer and they said they would check it out and see it my extended warranty will cover this. Anyone got a number of someone @ FR ? Going to rain later this week so maybe I can trace the problem down alittle more (I hope)
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