RV Sidewall Crack - Fiberglass RV


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Old 02-04-2017, 12:31 PM   #1
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RV Sidewall Crack

I have a crack just above the corner of my large slideout that stops at the side topper rail. Not sure but it may have happened because the trailer was not level when I extended the slideout. Can this be repaired as opposed to replacing the whole sidewall. I have no warranty. I realize the crack may reappear but I still would like to try if possible.
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Old 02-04-2017, 12:47 PM   #2
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This is the crack.
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Old 02-04-2017, 12:53 PM   #3
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Cal, you've come to this forum because of the name. Unfortunately for you, we're owners of all-molded-towables, which is a completely different build type than what you own. There aren't any slide-outs in all-molded-towables, because they're built similar to fiberglass boats.

I respectfully suggest you try at one of our sister forums for the answers you seek:
http://www.irv2.com

Or try the Open Road forums at RV.net

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Old 02-05-2017, 10:33 AM   #4
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Old 02-05-2017, 03:58 PM   #5
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Cracks in fiberglass are easy to repair and can be just as strong, even stronger, than original if done properly. Prior to repair you need to determine why the crack occurred and address that issue first.
Then you need to decide if this is something you want to undertake yourself. This isn't a difficult job for someone who understands what needs to be done but may be a challenge for someone who doesn't. Shops that do this work will do a good job but may be expensive.
If you decide to do this yourself and have some questions I may be able to help.
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Old 02-05-2017, 05:54 PM   #6
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Your fiberglass gelcoat is just a thin covering, mostly cosmetic, probably laminated to a substrate of wood or something else. That substrate may be damaged, allowing the crack to appear. But as Donna said, our trailers are made of fiberglass by itself, thicker FG than yours and more structural, and not bonded to a substrate. So I'm almost certain we wouldn't do a repair the same way your unit would need to be repaired.
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The OP's trailer as explained above is NOT fiberglass and therefore has no gel coat

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Joe, it sure looks like fiberglass to me, but not molded fiberglass. It's probably laminated to layers of rigid insulation, structural framework, and interior paneling underneath, so the repair issues are different, as Mike says.

In any case, the OP hasn't been back since 7 minutes after Donna posted, so it looks like he took her advice.
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In any case, the OP hasn't been back since 7 minutes after Donna posted, so it looks like he took her advice.
And I hope you know I'm not trying to just chase people off that have valid concerns for their build type, but just trying to give them information that can help solve their problems. Often we are NOT it. Knowledge is power... share and provide information to assist
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You gave good advice, Donna, and it appears to have been taken. I'm sorry if I seemed to imply anything more.
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Joe, it sure looks like fiberglass to me, but not molded fiberglass. It's probably laminated to layers of rigid insulation, structural framework, and interior paneling underneath, so the repair issues are different, as Mike says.

In any case, the OP hasn't been back since 7 minutes after Donna posted, so it looks like he took her advice.
It's ok. I'm used to it. Some of my 7th grade students seem to think I don't know what I'm talking about, either.
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