Pulled off the aluminum trim covering the cap-to-side-joint above the passenger seat. Dang. The sealant looks like it was installed by a blind man. Parts were sealed well, and others had bare wood showing at the seam. While I have seen some pics when the top cap fiberglass overlaps the siding (a good design) ... mine ain't like that. There is a full 1/2" gap between the cap and the siding near the top, tapering to maybe 1/4" above the window. The only thing keeping the wood dry is sealant and the aluminum trim.
Cleaned out the old sealant (did not take long), and started testing the wood with my screwdriver. Thankfully, most is still solid. Except for some soft stuff right where the top seam meets the side seam.
This is also the point where AS chose as a location to mount the awning. Which means I cannot get in behind the mount to clean/reseal without pulling the awning.
It seems structurally sound, in that when I shake and pull on the awning mount nothing moves; so I am guessing the 1/4" diameter screws go into a steel (or aluminum) frame member. But the top most screw holding the trim on does not engage solidly.
We have a X-Country trip coming up in about a month, and I already have too many projects to complete. Pulling the awning and rebuilding the interior wall in this area will have to wait till we return. I'm thinking to Sikaflex the existing wood, let it dry, then use butyl roll sealant under the trim (using a longer screw in the top hole), and then finish the trim edges with more Sikaflex. Then goop the heck out of the awning mount area. Again, it still seems solid, and it will be re-sealed sufficiently to not get any worse before I can get to it.
Anybody have any repair documentation in this area? I've found a couple good threads (one documenting the cap-to-side overlap), but none on repairing damage at the awning mount.