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Old 08-15-2012, 11:09 PM   #1
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Small Holes in Bunk Canvas

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I took delivery of my new camper yesterday and noticed that it has several small holes in the canvas of the front bunk. I'm waiting to hear what the dealer and FR have to say about it but in the mean time I need to make sure no water comes in while we are camping. My wife was inside watching while I sprayed the bunk and water does come in so it needs attention. I'm not sure what the best way to handle it is though. Would just putting some silicone sealant on it be good enough or would the opening and closing of the bunk cause that to fail? We're planning on leaving on a trip in a couple of days so I thought I'd tap into the knowledge base of the forum for ideas. Thanks!



Small holes in the bottom aft of the front bunk canvas.



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Old 08-15-2012, 11:26 PM   #2
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Looks to me like the soft sides got caught on something either during slide in or slide out.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:11 PM   #3
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Looks to me like the soft sides got caught on something either during slide in or slide out.
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Could be Ron. Now I just need to decide what to do about it. I'm thinking tent seam sealer might be enough to take care of it. They're pretty small holes.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:56 PM   #4
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I don't think that there's any doubt that FR will have to replace the front bunk canvas...it's an obvious defect that was picked up on the PDI.

In the meanwhile, I'd put good, old duct tape inside and out to keep water out.

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It will be interesting to see what your dealer comes up with. I personally would want the tent ends replaced. Don't let them talk you into anything less. I don't think sealer is a permanent fix in your situation.

A simple patch, sealer or even the duct tape idea would work for the rest of the season I should think. You will want to keep an eye on it though to make sure it doesn't cause any water damage.
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I don't think that there's any doubt that FR will have to replace the front bunk canvas...it's an obvious defect that was picked up on the PDI.

In the meanwhile, I'd put good, old duct tape inside and out to keep water out.

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Thanks for the input Dave. I do need to clarify what I've posted though. I reread my post and I wrote it as if I had discovered the holes on the PDI when in fact it was the next morning, after I had the camper at home and was spraying the canvas with water. We'll have to see what they say. I still haven't heard back from RV Direct but it's only been a day.

I did call TJ Snuggles, the manufacturer of the bunk canvas to ask what they recommend and was told to use Tear-Aid to cover the holes. Seems like a reasonable thing to do. My wife picked up some RV Goop at WalMart today so I may give that a try.
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It will be interesting to see what your dealer comes up with. I personally would want the tent ends replaced. Don't let them talk you into anything less. I don't think sealer is a permanent fix in your situation.

A simple patch, sealer or even the duct tape idea would work for the rest of the season I should think. You will want to keep an eye on it though to make sure it doesn't cause any water damage.
I agree it'll be interesting to hear what they have to say. I bought the camper through RV Direct and picked it up in Albany. Albany RV is a full-service dealership but it's 3 1/2 hours away from me. We'll see. I'll definitely be keeping a close eye on it to make sure that it doesn't develop into a bigger, water damage problem. In the mean time it's off to the Outer Banks!
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