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Old 04-16-2015, 05:32 PM   #1
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Undisclosed previous wreck damage....help!

Ok, so we bought our Bigfoot 21ft. It's very nice inside. It also tows really well. We got it home and took a look at it in indoor light and it appears that the side of the trailer has been "fixed". There is some spider web cracking, which led me to notice that it's more matte in that area. Then we checked the inside and found some chalking that didn't look quite right. So we started pulling it up, and it looks like the front door corner side was hit and repaired. It doesn't seem to be the best repair as it is cracking. Also, the window was repaired, and will probably need to be replaced and re-puttied. It was leaking so there is some water damage. Feeling a little crappy, but at least we didn't pay a lot. Please tell me this is fixable I know others have fixed much worse...but we have a toddler and no tools. I think my husband might need a hand on some of it. We were under the impression it was "ready to go". Lesson learned. I tried calling boat shops, but they weren't very helpful. Plus, at $95/hr I'm not sure we could afford it. We're supposed to be on the move in a couple months. Where should we start?
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Old 04-16-2015, 06:25 PM   #2
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I would pull the window out and redo with butyl tape to stop the leaks, then just enjoy it. The spider cracks do not necessarily effect the strength of the trailer.
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:24 PM   #3
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Ok you're probably right, but I do have a to replace some of the water damage boards on that side. Also the window was glued back together. We scraped off some paint to find the glue. Not sure how long that will last. I will post some pics once we get some of the wall board taken off. So far we have found yellow fiberglass insulation, styrofoam board and some kind of shriveled up old foam. It's an insulation smorgasbord in there.
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:27 PM   #4
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Well thats a pain.
If you post some pictures it might help us see what you are seeing exactly and then I am sure folks will jump in with suggestions.
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Old 04-17-2015, 06:46 AM   #5
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Spider web cracking is hopefully just in the gel coat. Gel coat is very brittle unlike the fiberglass underneath , which has some flexibility. This is a fairly common issue and if that is what you have it is just a cosmetic issue. It's also a very common issue to have to reseal windows. I did mine last year. It took a few hours and about 20 dollars worth of butyl tape. Your comments about different colors of insulation and missing insulation is puzzling and need further examination. Pictures would be a big help here.
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Old 04-17-2015, 01:23 PM   #6
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Speaking of butyl, does that only come in tape, or is there a butyl putty in a cartridge that fits a goopgun? I've tried to google it but only found U.K. sites that offer it so far.
If anyone knows I'll be happy to hear about that!
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Old 04-17-2015, 10:15 PM   #7
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Ok, my husband took some pictures. The corner looks like it was rebuilt like we thought. We pulled it off to make sure. It was missing some foam so that's what was creating the soft spot on the side. It looks like there is some wood rot that is going to need replaced. But we're not sure why the corner is black? Is that just from the repair (hoping it's nothing). Maybe it's not too bad? Just wanted to get some input. The window is for sure leaking, and has been glued back together.
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Speaking of butyl, does that only come in tape, or is there a butyl putty in a cartridge that fits a goopgun?
There is Butyl, and then there is "butyl".

True Butyl tape is very consistent in thickness and width. To me it looks like a long continuous rolled-up stick of chewing gum. It is grayish in color and not initially very sticky in your fingers as you unroll it. The paper that keeps it in tape form is smooth waxed paper, and the tape separates from the paper easily. I've actually seen this labeled "Putty Tape".

Stuff I've seen labeled as "butyl" is actually Putty Tape, as in Plumber's Putty. It is irregular in thickness and width, tan in color, and the paper that keeps it in tape form is wrinkly. It is extremely sticky to handle, and is difficult to get off the wrinkly paper. It looks to me just like it had been extruded from a "goopgun".
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There is Butyl, and then there is "butyl".

True Butyl tape is very consistent in thickness and width. To me it looks like a long continuous rolled-up stick of chewing gum. It is grayish in color and not initially very sticky in your fingers as you unroll it. The paper that keeps it in tape form is smooth waxed paper, and the tape separates from the paper easily. I've actually seen this labeled "Putty Tape".

Stuff I've seen labeled as "butyl" is actually Putty Tape, as in Plumber's Putty. It is irregular in thickness and width, tan in color, and the paper that keeps it in tape form is wrinkly. It is extremely sticky to handle, and is difficult to get off the wrinkly paper. It looks to me just like it had been extruded from a "goopgun".
This is an interesting post Fred as I've bought many rolls of butyl tape from RV suppliers over the years and it's always had the wrinkled paper on it. Never seen the waxed paper form you mention. Where have you picked that up? Sounds like you've used both. What's your pros/cons of each for a sealing difference? Can't say I've ever had a problem after a repair with it though but would like to know your thoughts.
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Old 04-18-2015, 12:22 AM   #10
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Does anyone know why the fiberglass in the corner is black?
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Does anyone know why the fiberglass in the corner is black?
Can't really see it to close up but I've used a black colored Kevlar matting before and it would show through as dark like yours under the resin.
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My guess is some carbon fiber may have been glassed into the corner to make it ridgit, like adding rebar
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I don't see anything that jumps out and screams "repair" . Maybe more photos and maybe one from the exterior would help here.
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:10 AM   #14
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There are some soft spots under the window, near where they repaired that side. They drilled the holes in and tried to fill it with the resin. It seems that they didn't take out the damaged fiberglass but just tried to patch over it. We are going to pull up some more a little lower. I think there is a leak around the belly band, and a leak around the window where it got distorted in the impact. I think we're mainly dealing with some leaking.
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