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Old 01-18-2021, 04:22 PM   #1
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Cracks in FG above the torpedo-belt

I think expanding ice pushed the torpedo-belt away from the Casita, cracking the fiber-glass. Is this worth worrying about?


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Old 01-18-2021, 08:09 PM   #2
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Those cracks do not look too be into the fibreglass, but just in the gelcoat.

You could clean them up scraping or sanding out the cracks. If then you can confirm they do not go into the fibreglass you could do a gelcoat repair.

I have to laugh, as a moderator I came to the thread concerned it was off topic given the reference to torpedos. None of those in our moulded fibreglass trailers.
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I have to laugh, as a moderator I came to the thread concerned it was off topic given the reference to torpedos. None of those in our moulded fibreglass trailers.
I thought I'd need to report it! Maybe the thread title should be changed to belly band...
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Old 01-18-2021, 08:43 PM   #4
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Those cracks do not look too be into the fibreglass, but just in the gelcoat.

You could clean them up scraping or sanding out the cracks. If then you can confirm they do not go into the fibreglass you could do a gelcoat repair.

I have to laugh, as a moderator I came to the thread concerned it was off topic given the reference to torpedos. None of those in our moulded fibreglass trailers.

The cracks do not appear to be deep, so it must be the Gelcoat. I'm going to have a FG repair guy look at it soon, so I may have him fix it. Good to know it is probably not too serious, and at least the cracks are above the water line.
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Old 01-18-2021, 09:50 PM   #5
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Those cracks do not look too be into the fibreglass, but just in the gelcoat.

You could clean them up scraping or sanding out the cracks. If then you can confirm they do not go into the fibreglass you could do a gelcoat repair.

I have to laugh, as a moderator I came to the thread concerned it was off topic given the reference to torpedos. None of those in our moulded fibreglass trailers.
We just need to expand our FGRV vernacular! Even after years of hanging out here I still think first that a TV is something with a clicker.
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... andI I always thought a “clicker” was something you used to train dogs!
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... andI I always thought a “clicker” was something you used to train dogs!
Your young age is showing through, even here in Alberta remote controls for TVs were called clickers when they first were used. Big bulky things that made clicking noises when used.
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you guys had remote controls??? sheesh, we had to get up and walk all the way to the TV
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My parents had remote control of their television... they were called kids, not clickers!
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I have a remote and I still need the kids to change the program!
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How serious is a deep crack in a fiberglass camper?
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Old 01-24-2021, 10:03 AM   #12
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TV clicker.

G'day: And I had more flicker than clicker.
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How serious is a deep crack in a fiberglass camper?
A crack that goes all the way through all layers of fiberglass is definitely a concern. It’s often caused by excessive flex in the shell, which could indicate loose rivets or even a problem with the floor or frame. Vibrations from use on rough roads are another possible cause.

They are most common at the corners of doors and windows (especially if the corner is a sharp 90-degree angle and not radiused). If you catch it when it’s small you may be able to stop it from spreading by drilling a small hole in the end of the crack (which acts like a radius to diffuse the stress). You can then seal it up and it may hold.

If it continues to spread or open up, you’ll need to do a fiberglass repair from the back side, as well as explore the cause.
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