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Old 01-30-2024, 11:54 AM   #1
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Palomino Truck Camper Leak/Damage repair

Hi there new to the site I purchased Palomino 2015 truck camper and it had some damage to the front right corner course I was told it was all fixed and I was suspicious when I got home started feeling around felt some moisture long story short been wet For a while apparently Iíve treated the wood with vinegar and baking soda and trying to get it to dry. It appears that the wood is attached to the aluminum with glue maybe? But the aluminum frame that the bed was on just sits on the thin Luan wood, and the aluminum shell itís not bolted to the frame anywhere Most ridiculous design Iíve ever seen so my plan is to extend the frame out on both sides and bolted through the walls so itís got Support does anyone know where the aluminum frame is in the walls or how to detect that I know theyíre only 1 inch aluminum bars I would love to go through one if I could find it without ripping the rest of the interior out but I may have to just go through and hope that with a washer and silicone number one it wonít leak in number two the pressure on both sides of that frame being located by the walls will keep it from Being supported only by the aluminum in the laun below, you can see the task dealt with in the pictures. My plan once itís dried out is to use this rot epoxy stuff which is supposed to soak into the wood and basically give it structural rigidity again. Has anyone ever seen one of these unskinned or have a picture to try and understand where the aluminum frame is in the walls on each side.
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Old 01-30-2024, 12:20 PM   #2
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Moved thread from the General Tech and Repair section to the Truck Camper Discussion sub-forum, for better help from other truck camper owners.
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Old 02-01-2024, 07:37 AM   #3
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aluminum frame

Hello, call Palomino and ask for tech support. The operator will transfer you to the man who has this information. He may be busy, and you will have to leave a message, but he will call you back. I have a 1240 and wanted to know what the roof frame structure looked like. He e-mailed me a drawing showing the frame materials and dimensions.
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Old 02-01-2024, 09:17 AM   #4
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Thank you! Yes that would really help. I will add pictures once i have this. So an Update: The vinegar/ baking soda mixture made a big difference! The wood is dry and not black any longer. The baking soda is now on top and dry. Once i vaccum it up i will be putting in this stop rot epoxy this weekend. Its supposed to soak into the wood and bring back the structural rigidity. However, understand the design was very poor an aluminum frame just sitting on then would an aluminum? Who does that so bolting through the wall will make a major difference I will post pics.
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Old 02-04-2024, 09:15 PM   #5
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So the ridiculous way this is made is getting resolved. I epoxyed the wood with rot stop. Then i anchored stainless bolts through the oustide into a treated 2x4 on each side and tied it to one going across the front the aluminum frame is now bolted to the front so no longer just laying on the luan and the outside skin.
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Old 04-20-2024, 10:25 PM   #6
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Any advice before I make this repair myself? Your thread helped me out after finding the same problem today.
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Old 04-21-2024, 07:32 AM   #7
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Getting it all stripped down first. Use vinegar and baking soda to dry the wood. Dry with fans. U might have to put or on twice. Vaccuum it up the apply stop rot twice. Once thats drive build out a frame and bolt through the sides with stainless bolts. Apply some rvpro sealer to the bolt and washer pish the bolt through and let the stainless washer seal it. Tip- do not over tighten bolts or it will start pulling theoutside in and make a dimple which affects the seal where it meets the bottom. Take your time and it will be solid
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