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Old 08-11-2014, 06:46 PM   #1
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Cracked Formica, Interior Wall

I recently purchased a 2010 16 ft. International in "like new" condition. It has now traveled well over 1,000 miles and has been set up numerous times, with no issues. After setting up yesterday, I noticed a crack in the Formica that covers the interior wall between the bath door and bed. It appears the only fix (other than a cosmetic cover) is to replace the entire wall. Of more concern is the cause of the crack. Has anyone experienced anything like this?

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Old 08-11-2014, 07:24 PM   #2
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Get us a picture(s) please. Sorry for the troubles!
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Old 08-11-2014, 08:24 PM   #3
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PO may have had harsh running gear, or you may have harsh running gear. What do you tow with, what is your hitch setup, axels, tire pressure?
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Old 08-12-2014, 01:50 PM   #5
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Hitch is Equilizer, axel is standard for 2010 16 ft. Airstream, tire pressure is 61 psi cold, tow vehicle is 2008 Volvo XC 90 with V-8.
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Is there anything behind the Formica to support it. Formica is very brittle. If it is allowed to flex. It may (will) crack. It is designed to be glued to a substrate of some kind. Maybe the substrate has cracked as well.
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I would like to take the factory tour to be sure, but I believe it's particle board. I may just try using Kampel Seam Fill for a cosmetic fix.
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I'm guessing the crack was caused by something the PO did, and is now becoming more visible?


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Old 08-12-2014, 06:56 PM   #9
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Attached is picture. Thanks for your response.
Looking at your unit, It looks like an "Ocean Breeze" based on a small section of curtain material in the background. They use plywood under the formica, so cracking like that is indeed questionable. I remember the Ocean Breeze model debuting in 2006, but I'm not sure it lasted through 2010... need to search. I thought it only went 2 years. (hope I'm wrong about that).

You didn't mention how heavy the weight bars were - 1000 lb is too stiff. 600-800 is much better.

I'm at a loss to understand that crack except it might have started where the CO alarm is installed. There would have been a hole drilled in the formica, but you generally don't see cracks "grow" in formica the way they do in ABS plastic. One day "snap" and there it is. Any chance something hit it while underway - like a folding table?

You could replace the whole sheet, or perhaps put in a "stripe" of an accent color... just be bold, six inches wide or more and make it look original by having it routed in, or overlay with a piece of dark teak.

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Yeah, you own the repair... Right? So I would put a nice aluminum trim over it.
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I see these blogs about rear baths, shower pans, walls and etc. Has anyone seen the infomercials for a system called Miracle Method? It is used to fix counter tops, bath surrounds , and bath tubs. I don't know how it would work in a AS with the flexing. It might be worth a look.
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I just noticed that the crack appears to go from the screw hole in the hook down to a screw hole for the alarm. That might be the source, especially if one or both of the screws were over-tightened.

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Thanks to everyone who has replied. Still waiting to hear from a dealer about replacing the wall and may try the aluminum trim. No question it started at the detector screw hole.
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