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Old 03-31-2023, 07:07 PM   #1
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Roof seperation ?

Hi, I'm new to the forum & hope I posted this in the right place. We have a 2014 23'FC we bought last year & have put about 5K of (fun ) miles on it so far & we've had absolutely no problems with anything. We winterized in December & had it in covered storage since. Today we were cleaning it up getting ready for trip next week & I noticed what looks like some type of tape or cloth that is under the roof seam where it overlaps the side panel on right under the awning. I've washed & waxed it a few times & never noticed this before. Does anyone no whats going on here, and is this a problem ?
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Old 03-31-2023, 07:24 PM   #2
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It looks to me like a residue of some sort. The aluminum skin is intact behind it. The awning fabric and stitching looks good also. It could just be dust or pollen buildup or soap residue from its last wash that seeped out of the awning tube.
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Old 03-31-2023, 07:33 PM   #3
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Those little white curly "finger" looking patterns look like filiform corrosion. My guess is that your awning tube has come in contact with the shell, vibrated enough that it wore through the clear coat, allowing the corrosion to start. The brown stuff could just be dirt dust, some kind of organic schmutz, or rust coming from who knows where...

Anyway, try washing away the brown stuff and take a good close-up picuture.

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Old 03-31-2023, 09:51 PM   #4
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If our trailer is any indication, that is a stick-on protective plastic material with the lower edge coming unstuck. While it was in storage, it is possible that algae or something similar grew in the resultant gap between the plastic and the aluminum skin, hence the color. Some filiform corrosion appears to be associated.

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Old 04-01-2023, 07:19 AM   #5
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Thanks, for info. I'll get into it early next week & see if it will wash off. I'll take a close up pic & post back up. We'll be in the SF Bay Area (Petaluma) next week & if I can't get it figured out I'll stop the AS dealer in Fairfield.
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Thanks, for info. I'll get into it early next week & see if it will wash off. I'll take a close up pic & post back up. We'll be in the SF Bay Area (Petaluma) next week & if I can't get it figured out I'll stop the AS dealer in Fairfield.
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Old 04-16-2023, 09:58 AM   #7
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Well, it's defiantly corrosion I tried a few things to get it off but no luck, even steel wool & WD40 wouldn't touch it. Went by AS dealer in Fairfield CA but they were closed on Mondays. It appears to some type of growth that is really embedded to the metal ? Any advice or opinions would be appreciated. Here's a better pic of the problem.
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