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Should we repair or not repair the delamination on our RVs exterior?

by Sharon
(Spokane, WA, USA)

I read your answer concerning the bulge on the outside of the RV. Our leak was from the window and is now sealed. Once sealed can we forgo the repair of the delaminated side or do we have to fix this for structural reasons. I've been quoted $21,000 to replace the entire side panel. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

ANSWER: Greetings Sharon thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

I cannot give you a yes or no answer to this question. A lot depends on what damage has been caused to the structural integrity of the RV. If your RV is composed of a mainly wooden frame; the moisture could have caused rot to the underlying framing.

There is also the possibility that you could have harmful mold or mildew forming in the interior walls. I am afraid that the only way to verify structural damage or mold problems is to open up the interior wall of the RV where the damage is and inspect it.

I would also suggest that you get a couple of more estimates on the repair. $21,000 to do this repair sounds rather excessive to me. I am not sure how large of a delaminated area you are talking about, but it may not be necessary to replace the whole exterior side wall of the RV. I would urge you contact a couple of other places that work on RV delamination and see if they have some alternative fixes to repair the delamination.

Either way as you can see, the repair is still going to be pricey. The price could also go up if structural damage is found. Whether you decide the repair the delamination or not, I still urge you to get the underlying framing of your motorhome inspected.

I hope that the above information has been helpful to you. I wish you the best of luck.

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Happy RVing

RVing Al

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