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Old 05-30-2014, 12:43 PM   #15
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Yep being landlocked I forgot about boat folks.
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Good ideas for me to start. Hopefully I won't have to take out a 3rd mortgage to cover this. Any suggestions on temporary fixes to prevent further delamination?
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Old 06-01-2014, 12:38 PM   #17
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There are ways to roughly keep the crack in check, but these are not very pretty to look at.

I think that the repair wouldn't be too difficult or time consuming to rough in, the money is going to be in the refinishing, as the whole unit is going to need to be painted if the repair is going to match the rest of the RV.

I haven't seen the RV in person so I may not be seeing problems that may be contributing to the crack, but sans any major unseen problems, I would think that panel repair could be made for about than 2k providing the rest of the unit isn't re painted.

To fix that crack well, about $400 paint and materials , and perhaps 15 or 20 hours in real labor.
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Here is a link to how I did some repair on some truck fiberglass hood that were worse than your RV.
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Developing Crack in Sidewall

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These repairs were made almost four years ago, they are holding up well after hundreds of thousands of miles.

I had the advantage of being able to work from the back side on the hoods, which isn't practical on your RV, but it isn't a big deal.

Your repair would be significantly easier than these hoods.

The difference mainly being that the panel would have to be thinned out a lot on the front and then several layers of fiberglass would need to be lain up to restore the thickness and strength.

I would not use typical polyester resin, but SMC resin, it is vastly superior for these repairs.

(Unfortunately, it looks like I don't have any pics of the actual fiberglass work, just structural reinforcement and the finished product.

Oh well....
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