Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-29-2015, 08:12 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 172
Wall question

My W&P 2008, 28' is sitting in the driveway. The way the sun is shining on the side I notice what appears to be a big wave in the wall near the front drivers side. Upon further investigation it is. I've seen small waves before, but this is much different. When I press on it it fills like the outside skin is delaminating. I go inside and the inside wall paneling is doing the same. Checking the door side it too looks like it's doing the same thing. This only affects about the front 8-10'. Checked the roof, no leaks, eternalbond is fine.
It's been above 90+į for over 2 weeks with little rain. Last outing was June 6-9. Did have the gray water tank over flow, but quickly got it cleaned up.
Anyone know of a cause, or have heard of this happening.
__________________

__________________
BBQGUY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 02:41 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
1l243's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 465
You don't see any evidence of moisture on the inside? Was the gray water overflow in the area of the bulge?

You could test the inside wall with a moisture meter.. I picked one up at Home Depot...
__________________

__________________
1l243 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 05:38 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
crunchman12001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Posts: 3,077
Sounds like you have a leak. If you can post a picture, maybe we can help you find the source. Get a shot of the area with the bulge and also the roof above it.
crunchman
__________________
2017 Salem Villa Estate 395RET-
2011 Coachmen Freedom Express 295RLDS- Sold
2015 F-250 FX4
crunchman12001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2015, 10:46 AM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 57
If you have a leak it must be fixed. There are plenty of videos on YouTube on how to fix the delamination. Good luck.
__________________
sstuner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2015, 02:30 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
1l243's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 465
I don'think the siding on a W&P is typical delamination. The siding is 1" FRP. Think of it as 1" plywood with a outer Gel Coat finish on it. I don't think it can be repaired only replaced..

I would like to see pics too..
__________________
1l243 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2015, 06:23 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 172
Have not found any leaks. Been on the roof, checked after a rain, could not find any water inside. I'll post some pictures after a needed weeks vacation.?
__________________
BBQGUY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2015, 06:26 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
1l243's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 465
You can close all your vents and turn your AC blower on max and spray soapy water around and see if you get any bubbles....
__________________
1l243 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2015, 06:28 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 3,155
Enough water that can do a lot of damage can leak inside the wall and not be all that obvious... like 1\234 said, get a moisture meter and check it out.
__________________
WolfWhistle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2015, 11:51 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 66
I live full time in a 2008 34 FK. This trailer has no leaks. But the walls are rotted in several places. Remove the trim inside where the wall meets the ceiling. If you see black areas, you see the rot. It can happen around any opening. The inside paneling does an excellent job of hiding it.
The wall is constructed of 3/4" plywood with a layer of solid gel coat on the outside and a clear fibreglass layer on the inside. The water soaks the plywood, which acts like a sponge and rots with very little water intrusion.
This is the only RV in the industry constructed like this. FRP trailers were used widely in the trucking industry about 35 years ago, but when their achilles heel, propensity to rot was discovered, they all but disappeared.
Good luck.
__________________
beyerjf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2015, 03:10 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
1l243's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 465
I doubt if he will be able to sleep after reading that lol!

You must have had leaks or you would not have had water intrusion? I don't think you can single out FRP as the sole cause for wood rot, there are plenty of RV's out there with major wood rot that arn't made of FRP.. If you got a undetected leak and it goes on for a while your going to get rot....

We all learn from other peoples misfortune. Check all your windows and openings and the roof for areas that may need attention. Park your rig under cover if you can during the winter....
__________________

__________________
1l243 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:29 AM.