Hi all, for those folks with trailers that have the vertical seam (like a Burro), have you replaced the interior trim/cover/moulding that hides the interior center seam? If you did what material did you use?
Long story, last week during the heavy rains in California I discovered a couple pinhole leaks
or cracks in the ceiling of my Burro
where the center seam is. I believe the defects are actually original to when the trailer was made. I can fix the leaks
with some marine epoxy PC11 when it dries up, so I don't have any problems there.
But the decorative cover that hides the center seam is made of an 8" wide strip of thin, 1/8", plywood, the longest is about 8 feet. On top of that is some thin foam, I believe the foam is there to cushion the ceiling from those who would hit their head. Wrapped around all this is white vinyl which is stapled to the plywood backing. As you may have guessed, those pinhole leaks
were hard to detect because water would drip onto the center cover, the foam in the cover soaked up all the water, and the vinyl held all that in. I just noticed by chance a few drops oozing out of one side when I was in the trailer during a heavy downpour. When I removed the cover the foam was quite saturated with water. I can probably reuse it, but I would have to take the vinyl off, which is held on with a ton of rusty staples, so that the foam and wood can dry, and then reassemble it.
I'm not sure I want to reuse the original (which is slightly moldy), since it has foam in it it will always have a tendency to retain moisture. I figured if there are any future leaks, I'd rather have it drip and notice it than have it be hidden.
One idea I had was just to reuse the plywood part, let it dry out and then stain or paint
it. Another idea was to use some white plastic strips like gutter material. Or I could use thin countertop laminate cut into strips. I vaguely recall seeing some trailer on this site that had carpeting to hide the center seam. Thoughts or ideas?