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Old 11-22-2022, 07:53 AM   #1
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Crack in siding

I noticed a bulge or wave in the side of our 2021 Salem 210 toy hauler and now have a crack that’s opened up. It looks like a panel was cut at the factory for an opening and then replaced like a patch in drywall. Even has a pattern of screws surrounding the perimeter. Nothing but empty wall on the inside so not access for any appliances. Click image for larger version

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Old 11-22-2022, 08:00 AM   #2
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I don't see that you listed your year/make/model of your R/V nor do you have a signature set up with that information in it. It's ALWAYS best to add that to a post.

I find it interesting the decal seems to be "spliced" at that area.
Did you buy it new?
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Old 11-22-2022, 08:15 AM   #3
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My info is in my profile, yes I bought brand new. Noticed a weird line when purchasing but was told it was nothing.
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Old 11-22-2022, 08:58 AM   #4
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whether it is a patch OR if it is by design... that is not acceptable
I would contact Salem

even though it is out of the one year warranty.
It would be a good legal argument that this is a significant manufacturing defect.

would not be hard to argue "Implied warranty" on the siding :
1) industry standard for RV siding is suppose to last much longer than a couple of years
2) the fault was hidden under the finish so the customer could not properly inspect it.


acceptable to fix?
that depends on where there is any wood/composite behind the fiberglass .. before it is attached to the frame and the condition of the backing
the repair would be fairly expensive, best handled by a fiberglass expert.
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