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Old 10-26-2002, 09:56 PM   #1
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bent/cracked rib?

I looked at a 30' Sovereign, with Jalousie windows. It has small tear marks at the intersection of the top and bottom front curbside window frames. Also the rib to the immmediate front of the window feels like it may be broke or cracked, the wall moves slightly when pushed. How would I fix this? Or should the unit be avoided? I should mention the door doesn't seal at the top (se previous thread) I don't know if this could be related. Help!


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Old 10-27-2002, 06:04 AM   #2
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You will have to pull a lot of inner skin to repair this. The ribs are extruded similar to a double "L" with the leg at top and bottom going opposite directions. You could use 2 pieces of angle on opposite sides of the crack.

I would seal the window from the inside, make a piece that fits the opening and rivet it in place with some sealer between the 2 pieces. I had to do this with the driver's window on my motor home, the opening had been cut 1/8" past the frame.

If the door frame is extruded it can be bent back into shape using a 2x4 to leverage against, no need to cut and weld. You may need to loosen the skins, and don't push agains them.

Unless this is a real deal and you don't mind the work I would think seriously before buying. Pulling cabinetry and skins is a lot of work.

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