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Old 03-15-2016, 08:26 PM   #1
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Ensolite issues

I am considering the purchase of a cute "vintage" trillium. I'm concerned about this tape (?) that covers the joints of the Ensolite. Is this the sign of water leaking? And is this easily repairable or will I have to strip the Ensolite off to look for mold?
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Old 03-15-2016, 10:03 PM   #2
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The "tape" is available from Tom Young. Separation of the Ensolite is common. This is sometimes caused by water, but mostly caused by age. While mould can occur, there are no natural materials in that area. So, mould would be minor. Use some diluted bleach to eliminate it.

The solution is to open it up till you can get at the void. Clean it up. Then reattach it with contact cement.
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Old 03-15-2016, 10:06 PM   #3
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Most likely it is not from water leaking but from age of the tape or ensolite. These trailers tend to sweat to some degree meaning moisture can from between the shell and the ensolite or what ever is applied to the shell due to temperature fluctuations and probably changes in humidity too. Propane appliances can add to the moisture issue to some degree. If that is the only problems you see with regards to water leakage I wouldn't be overly concerned. It can give the trailers a musty smell if not aired out from time to time. There is a buyers checklist Ian put on here for some crucial things you do want to look for with regards to the frame, axle, door fit, etc. but I think it applies more to Bolers specifically but some good info to know.
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Old 03-15-2016, 10:08 PM   #4
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Thank you Dave! Tom Young is a company or someone on this site?
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Old 03-15-2016, 10:15 PM   #5
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Thanks for your response Johnny. I did see the check list and printed it out. I'll be looking at the trailer on Thursday. I have one other concern and that is that the tongue was replaced. I'm not sure it was done properly. I've posted it in a different forum but here is a picture....
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Old 04-17-2016, 10:39 PM   #6
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My trim strips were wrinkled like yours, I removed the trim and heated it with a heat gun and it went straight.
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