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Old 09-06-2013, 03:12 PM   #1
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Help - fiberglass separation issue

I am looking at a used camper to buy and they are telling me that there is a slight separation of the fiberglass. Is this a big problem? Will it eventually leak?
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:31 PM   #2
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to the Forum Jan.

There may be need of more information to answer helpfully.

There will be more expert guys and gals along that can give you a good answer.
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:14 PM   #3
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Separation of what to what? Fiberglass doesn't usually separate from itself.
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Delamination

They are calling it delamination. They say it is on the front around the lights. They say all it should need is some calk around the lights.
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:48 PM   #5
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...... They say all it should need is some calk around the lights.
Right, I'll bet they recommended silicone caulk.

What kind of camper is it? Brand, etc.........
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What kind of trailer? Maybe the lights are not sealed good to the trailer resulting in leaks. Sometimes descriptions can be way off base because they don't know what they're talking about, I mean the seller, not you Jan.
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:56 PM   #8
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Is there a problem using silicone calking?
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Haha I knew what you meant and I believe you might be right.
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Is there a problem using silicone calking?
Donna is our silicone caulking specialist. I'll let her make a recommendation.
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Ah, that's a "horse of a different color." In a "Stick-built" trailer where the fiberglass is just the skin, delamination usually means that the skin has separated from the wood studs exposing the cavity to the outside. Bad Karma.

For our molded fiberglass trailers, delamination can something entirely different.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:25 PM   #12
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Does anybody know anything about this new service where they can inject more silicone and press it?
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First. This site is primarily concerned with molded fiberglass. Where the shell and the structure is all fiberglass. The construction of our trailers is more like a fiberglass boat than anything else.

I believe the trailer you're talking about is made of panels that fiberboard inside a fiberglass sandwich. Delamination occurs when water gets into the fiberboard and it starts to swell. I don't know of any good fix. There may be a fix, but I'm not sure how trust worthy the fix would be.

You might get a better answer here. That's the Keystone Forum.

Good luck, I hope you find the answers you need.
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I think silicone is a perfectly acceptable caulk for stick built trailers. It's often slathered all over the seams, etc. during the build.

And, I'm not being snarky. It's true. The only thing that sticks to silicone is silicone and I can't imagine digging all that Devil's Bane out of the seams, etc. Buy stock in the silicone manufacturing company and you're golden.
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