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Old 04-21-2016, 03:16 PM   #1
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Question about sealant and stuff

Hi, our recently purchased 2003 Solaris 2553 has a leak in the bedroom. We need to take the cabinets out and after reading some helpful posts here, it appears we have to take the back wall of the camper down to get at the screws holding the cabinets in. When we go to put the wall back on, we will need to seal it to the rest of the trailer, hopefully much better than it's sealed now. What's the best sealer to use for this? There are 3 or 4 different kinds in the RV supply book we were given and all different widths and have no idea where to start. Also, would you use the same stuff or different stuff around the window? Is there an easyish way to do this? Are we heading in the right direction? This is our first camper and although disappointed in the leak, going to fix it and learn from it.

Also, what's the best thing to clean the outside with? The best way to get old peeling decals and stickers off? And where to get new decals? The pin-striping is fine, just the decals are peeling.

REALLY appreciate any help, advice, tips, or tricks anyone has to assist. As you can see, a bit overwhelmed... Thanks!!!
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Hi,

Sorry about your water leak. You have come to the right place for help on your Sunny and you come with the right attitude about fixing it and learning from this.

We have many of us who have gone through water damage repair and while there is no 2 repairs exactly the same, the common repair theme is the same.

Find the source or sources of water entry, remove all water damage, (don't stop short, it will come back later) fix it up and go have fund camping again.

Pictures really help us understand what you are up against and how to help give better suggestions. If you need help posting pics, let us know we can help with that too.

Since this is your first time into this, the unknown can be a bit overwhelming. But... don't despair, the way theses Sunnies are built, all is reparable and you can do it yourself if you have access to common wood working tools. We can help and glad to share our experiences on how things come apart and what to use to put them back together. The costs for materials can be low to moderate, the time to do the work can be high. Hopefully you can do the work yourself or have a friend who can help you that works well, real cheap... Apple pies have been known to do wonders

Here are some answers to your questions but we will need to know more about your leak situation. Odds are high, the source of water infiltration may not yet be known nor the amount of hidden damage you do not yet see. Once you start taking the camper apart, it will become apparent there is more to this. And you need to keep digging until you find the end of it.

Roof sealants. This is where a lot of issues start. The sealant cracks over time, the owner does not realize they have to be after this at least least 4 times a year looking and patching when sealant splits just start. Then they can be patched and no damage comes. Left untouched, time goes by and 6 months to a year later it have been leaking. This post will help on the roof sealants.
Rubber Roof Caulk - Inspect and repair 101

Sealants for the corners and the windows. See this post which may help on the types of sealing tapes. You really do not want "putty tape" and do not use silicone products on outside seals. Silicone is a good product, just not for the outside of the camper Putty tape

Windows, corners and siding along with general rot repair. You are going to need to keep digging to find all the rot and then repair the damage. This on going post is about roof replacement, but it shows a lot of that you will be up against. Including taking off the back wall of siding. The pics in here may be helpful to show you what you may be up against and how to repair it. There will be more added to this in the next few days about sealing the corners etc.
A Winter Project - Roof Repair (Picture heavy)


And lastly, here is a Goggle Custom search for our forum. Our Admin made this for us and it work a lot better then the embedded search feature of our forum software. Just type in water damage or rot etc and read on.
https://cse.google.com/cse/home?cx=0...95:95x3m3w6lto

It is helpful to others and you if you can picture post your repair. This helps others like you in the future when this topic comes up.

Good luck and let us know if you need more

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Old 07-28-2016, 05:54 PM   #3
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Thanks for all the information John, sorry my response is so delayed, only 2 days a week to work on it and that's weather permitting, been very busy, this is my first login in months. We did get the back skin off, and the cabinets out, we could not take the side skin off, no where to store it and not enough tarps so had to cut the walls to get them out. The floor and joists have now been removed and replaced and just finished framing the side walls, next we do the back, which should be MUCH easier than what we've tackled thus far, it was so bad that the corner frames were totally gone and nothing to square to. Once the back wall is done, we can put the skin back on, then we have to replace 2 roof rafters and redo the roof and we should be able to start putting it back together Hoping to camp in September. I have lots of pics, just have to figure out how to get them from my phone to here. It's turned out to be quite the project, but this thing will be awesome when done And there's no more mold, I have a nose like a bloodhound and even when it's really humid or it's been raining for days, no mold smell at all! Thanks again for your kind advice, we will use it for sure!
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Hi sasharudi,

Sounds like you have been busy!!! WOW. Good for you. And your welcome, glad the info helped.

And yes, the smell of wet moldy/rotting wood is something once smelt, you will never forget... You will have her all fixed up and ready to go camping soon and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Pictures, there are 2 ways to get pic's to show up here on the forum.

1. You can upload them directly from a computer hard drive or a phone even if it has internet access. If your doing several pic's, the PC is easier. This thread explains how to up load to the site. Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics

2. You can link the photos to this site from a photo server. That way they are your pic's stored on a server and we just see them. This post will help explain how to do this.
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We look forward to seething your handy work.

Thanks

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