Interior Panel Replacement - Fiberglass RV

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Old 01-28-2012, 07:36 PM   #1
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Interior Panel Replacement

My husband and I spent the day removing wallpaper from our 1981-17.5' Bigfoot. Some spots came off easy, most- not so much. Our plan is to remove the wallpaper glue (hopefully it will come off), replace the panels with water damage, hopefully find and seal the leaks, and paint the remaining panels. (Along with new flooring, lighting, faucet, upholstery, curtains, etc. but my husband doesn't need to know all my plans right now, right?)

We will take and post pictures when it starts looking better.

Just to mention, most of the water seems to be coming in from the bolts that are holding the awning in place. Other problems spots are under the windows.

Does anyone have any tips on the best way to replace the panels? Is the "red glue" really necessary or can I just used contact cement? It looks like the previous owners took out all the kitchen cabinets before doing their really poor wallpapering job. The wall paper is also tucked up under the windows, perhaps they removed the windows when they wallpapered?? We still have a lot of work ahead of us before we are ready to paint and replace the panels. Any tips, or if anyone can refer us to a previous post where someone explains how to do this, would be super helpful. (I did a search and apologize in advance if someone has already started a similar thread.)


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Old 01-28-2012, 07:59 PM   #2
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I'm sorry I can't help... maybe someone else can. But, rather than waiting to post pictures when it looks better.... it maybe more helpful to find solutions if you posted pictures at its worst. Truly we've a lot of people here that can give you tips, but... we would like to see what you're up against...

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Old 01-29-2012, 09:46 AM   #3
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Hi Shaiah, You could try Mike Rosum RV in B.C. (1-800-667-0024). They seem very helpful and now may be their slow season. You may be close enough to even take it there! Mark Holmes has an online presence, former Bigfoot trouble shooter at the old factory. He's helped us for a small donation.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:29 PM   #4
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Here are a couple pictures with the wall paper removed. There isn't much to see- all panels below the windows need to be removed and replaced. Removing the wall paper glue on the panels we are planning on keeping is a slow process . I am wondering if it would be faster to just replace all the panels. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:20 PM   #5
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I have a 1980 15B17G Bigfoot with unaltered interior panels. From your photos and descriptions, I think you are dealing with the original woodgrain plastic film that covers the luan plywood on early Bigfoot interior panels. My only water damage to this film is behind the gaucho back cushions and under the windows. I couldn't find any leak there and can only assume that a previous owner towed in the rain without locking the windows closed. The "red glue" you asked about is water soluble contact cement that holds the plywood panels to the foam insulation. Most glues will damage styrofoam. So test new glue before use. Good luck with your big remodel.

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