I picked up a 1999 Four Winds Hurricane Class A a couple of weeks ago. The guy I got it from made me aware that there had been a window leak on the passenger side bedroom area, but that it had been fixed by the owner before him. I inspected the rest and all looked good at the time. After I got it home, when the sun was just right, I noticed that there appears to be an additional area of window leaking on the drivers side window for the living room. First off, I don't know how much faith I have to put in someone elses claim that they actually fixed something, much less did it right.
I wanted some opinions on how bad they think the damage might actually be and if one might be able to repair themselves. I don't know if I would go the whole way on trying to repair the bubbles, but I do want to insure that it will not leak anymore. I have read and seen some videos of resealing windows where they pull the window, clean the old sealant off, use butyl tape around the edge of the window opening and then recaulk it when the window is back in place. Opinions on how bad the damage looks and opinions on fixing would be greatly appreciated. Picts are attached/ linked. THANKS!!!
You have some serious damage here and I think most of the damage is not visible. You may have rotted wood in the wall and the only way to repair the area is to remove and patch.
I would take this to a professional and have them remove the window to ascertain the damage. They may have to cut the walls from the inside. The damage you see is most likely the result of delamination of the fiberglass which also can only be repaired by ripping it out, patching and then painting.
Sure hope you got a great deal on this unit as the repairs will most likely be in the thousands of dollars.
I did get a pretty good deal on this one. At least as far as I can tell for now. Only time will ultimately tell....
When I push hard on the bubbles, it's very firm/hard and dosen't really want to give in. It dosn't "crackle" like whatever underneath is rotted or seperated. I will ultimately want to get it properly fixed, but in the meantime, I want to try and insure that the leaking is stopped.
The drivers side sure looks like it's a window leak, but the leak could be above that and draining to the bottom of the window frame. I would pull the window and do as you described, but also check that entire side along the roof line. Also, if that window leaked, the others are likely leaking or getting ready to as well.
The passenger side damage almost looks like there might be something structural going on? The bulges on the drivers side are pretty typical. These are angled, bigger, and the front one doesn't look like it started at the window frame? What does the interior paneling in that area look like? Is it loose too?
I have done a whole side on a 34 ft. and a few others like yours. You can try this. Take the windows out pry open were the delamination is at, put a hair dryer into the place (slot) that you pry open and let it run until dry, make sure that it is good and dry, after it is dry look and see how bad the wood is, if it is not rotted to bad you can pour contact cement into the slot. Park next to a tree or a building were you can put a 2x4 and piece of plywood to push it in, let it set for a few days to make sure that it is dry.The way it looks to me it would be a lot of work and cost to get into the rot and put new wood in it. After it is dry and resealed it will not get any worse, it will not spread. Getting it dry is the magic word. Don't use silicone on any thing like to seal the windows .If you Need any more info ask.
Thanks so much for the advice all. This site is great!
I do need to pull the windows to see how bad it really is. Probably do that this weekend if the weather is good. If it's not too bad what kind/ brand of contact cement/ epoxy would be good to glue it back down?
Also, when re-installing the windows, I would probably use butyl tape around the window opening and after putting the window back in seal it with a non- silicone sealant. Any recommendations on a good sealant for around the windows? Maybe a lap sealant or I have seen a recomendation for a 3M Marine 4000 UV sealant??
I think it is weldwood contact cement,it can be bought at Walmart, they have two kind one will clean up with water you don't want that one, the other takes solvent to clean up use that one. Don't be afraid to use a lot of it so it soaks into the wood, I have used it like that where I could not get into to replace the rotted wood, I just cut the fiberglass and poured it in let it set for about 10 minuets pushed it in with my hand and let come back out a few times to get it on both surfaces and then used my 2x4 and plywood to hold it in and it has held most of the time, I forget what sealer I used there is a lot of good ones on the market just don't use silicone, it has been three years since I have fixed one.
They do make some products used in the marine industry that are designed to soak into rotted wood and then harden to form a solid structure. Here is one source IF you can get to the inside of the wall to use it: Wood repair