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Old 05-31-2017, 09:35 AM   #1
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rock nearly through the outside wall

Went camping this weekend, had a GREAT time. Packing up to leave and the guy next door, in a seasonal site, was mowing his lawn. Huge, horrible popping sound. I thought it was a tire cause my husband was working on the other side. Ran over, he's fine. Didn't give it another thought. Got home and on the rear side there is a hole. A literal hole, through the metal exterior and into the next layer of material. It doesn't go through. Folks, it's large. Nearly 3 inches. now what? How do I fix this?

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Well that really puts a damper on the camping trip. Depending where the hole is, I've covered them with an exterior porch light, a metal grate like a range hood vent or a dryer vent, or made a metal patch and riveted it in place. I've also bought a new piece of aluminum skin the right pattern and color and replaced the piece, which is a lot more work and money. Door side or off door side?
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I'd call the campground and ask about getting reimbursed for the damage. Especially since it was a seasonal resident that caused the damage.
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Unfortunately I didn't notice til we got home. I would imagine they would have a problem paying for it at this point.

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Unfortunately I didn't notice til we got home. I would imagine they would have a problem paying for it at this point.

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I would still call them and take a picture of it and email them as well. Just tell them like you told us. I don't think anyone would suspect a rock would go right through the aluminum like that but stuff happens. Can you post a picture here so we can take a look at it and come up with a fix?

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It never hurts to ask. The worst they can do us say no.
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The difficulty I had uploading these....LOL...Okay, so now we are cooking with oil! So what's the verdict? Bear in mind, I've NO idea what I'm doing.

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Hi,

That is a real "hole"... WOW.

But you have options and need to do something as that is insulation exposed that can get wet and create great havoc with water intrusion in short order.

Can you measure the left to right and up and down size of the hole? It looks like 1 1/2" long and about 1 1/2" high. Maybe 2".



Options:

1. For a real fast something to cover the hole before a real fix is made, use a piece of Gorilla tape to seal out any water. Clean the surface well, then apply the tape. Make sure it is Gorilla brand. This will hold for a few months but is not permanent. The sticky adhesive once you lift the tape can be removed with mineral spirits.

2. By the pics, this hole is on the bottom piece of siding. Wow what luck.... as this piece is the easiest to remove verses a hole 2 feet up the camper. If wanted, you can remove the bottom piece of siding and replace it. This creates a back to new situation but is a lot of work and time and then matching the paint faded color will take some work. If this route interests you, let us know we will need to get into where to get the siding and how to remove the siding and put back on.

3. As ggrvguy above stated, get a piece of aluminium flashing and using small pop rivets, rivet the patch on. If you can fish the aluminum inside the camper verses outside it may help make this more cosmetically cleaner. This fills the hole but is not yet water tight. To create a permanent water seal;

3A. You can put a piece of Eternabond tape over the entire patch to cover it and seal to the original siding.

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3B Use some auto body putty that is water rated and cover the area, sand smooth and paint over it.

I'm sure there are other ways some have used, those came to my mind first.

Hope this helps

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Noel,


I would still let the campground know to see if they will fix it for you. If not, I would take a needle nose plier and pull the sections out that you can grab onto. You may have to take a rubber mallet to it to help smooth it out and then get a piece of Eternabond (big enough to be 2"inches past all sides of the hole), like John was talking about, and work it from top to bottom so it fits nicely into the aluminum grooves so it looks somewhat "natural".


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