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sirdrakejr

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In all the posts I have read so far NONE have said anything about using the new synthetic/plastic lumber that replaces WOOD for outdoor use. If the stuff is good enough to use as bump stops and for outdoor patio decks, wouldn't it also be great to use on corners and places where water damage is likely to occur in TCs? It is supposed to be much better than wood for rot resistance and the ability to hold screws.
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Posted: 06/01/07 06:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

sirdrakejr wrote:

In all the posts I have read so far NONE have said anything about using the new synthetic/plastic lumber that replaces WOOD for outdoor use. If the stuff is good enough to use as bump stops and for outdoor patio decks, wouldn't it also be great to use on corners and places where water damage is likely to occur in TCs? It is supposed to be much better than wood for rot resistance and the ability to hold screws.
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Check the history of the outdoor plastic before buying. It ani't all the same. The John Wayne(yes that John Wayne) Marina in Sequim Washington just replaced lots of plastic pilings that were supposed to last forever. Also many outdoor plastic benches and picnic tables have sag problems. Plastic is good but unproven in some applications.
If anyone uses it please post if problems arise. May take several years of use.

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Mine own experience with a plastic platform to hold weather instruments was poor. Plain plywood would have lasted longer.

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sirdrakejr wrote:

In all the posts I have read so far NONE have said anything about using the new synthetic/plastic lumber that replaces WOOD for outdoor use. If the stuff is good enough to use as bump stops and for outdoor patio decks, wouldn't it also be great to use on corners and places where water damage is likely to occur in TCs? It is supposed to be much better than wood for rot resistance and the ability to hold screws.
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Not a truck camper but was reading through this thread and wonder if the marine product King Starboard would be good for this repair?


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its not that bad of a job, I just did mine on the right side of my 97 squire
I took off the trim pieces off, removed the jack and moulding at the rear corner, then removed compartment door and removed the alum siding carefully to get to the bad area, I then took a razor knife on the back side and scored the old luan, I then remove all the rotted wood frame from the compartment down and replaced with 3/4 plywood, I attach the plywood with some sheet metal and waterproof glue, on both sides with a rubber sheet to keep the water out reassembe the moldings with 1" caukling and everthing back together took me about weekend to do it, looks like it never had a problem after it was back together.


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Definitions as given me by only Lance dealer in MN:

Skirts - the areas on the vertical sides that hang down below the levl of the wings in the rear. Many Lances have rot there - as does my 2003 1121 right now. The issue on mine was a design flaw in the seam between skirt and sidewall. Lance is picking up parts costs to do the seam retrofit and skirt replacement even though I'm not original owner and out of warranty.

Wings - The horizontal surfaces that extend beyound the sides of the truck bed. That's a bigger issue because of structural and support issues.

I was corrected several times by dealer when talking about "replacing my wings". I'm actuall replacing my skirts.... (no smart remarks) which is the situation that started this thread.


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I have a 99 Lance with a soft right "skirt" (Thanks HarryBB for the clarification) my camper has the fiberglass shell and I haven,t seen anyone mention skirt problems with the fiberglass, is mine a fluke? if not, what have those of you with the fiberglass shell done as a fix?

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Posted: 08/23/07 12:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey LTG,

E-mail me your photos and I'll post them.


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Sorry to hear of your problem. I've repaired many of the rear rot problems. I now spray a black ruberized undercoating down there and a light grey rustolium to return it to factory color.befor they leave the lot. So far so good. My average charge to repair that problem has been about $400.00. But I"m in Alva, Florida so that won't do you any good

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tcwizkid wrote:

Sorry to hear of your problem. I've repaired many of the rear rot problems. I now spray a black ruberized undercoating down there and a light grey rustolium to return it to factory color.befor they leave the lot. So far so good. My average charge to repair that problem has been about $400.00. But I"m in Alva, Florida so that won't do you any good


$400.00 per side???

Hmm.....

I haven't been to Florida in my TC yet.....
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