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A 6 year old camper shouldn't have this issue but it does. Working on some rot in the DS wing, lower half. My problem is the filon siding. For the record I will NEVER by a camper with filon again. It makes the inevitable repairs much more difficult.

So, as i said, I have some rot to repair in the lower half of the DS wing. I've removed the cap strips (front/bottom and rear) exposing the rot. I've removed the jack. I need to get the whole piece of filon off to expose the problem and make fixes. Problem is, it's not completely delam'd. In fact, there are parts that are still REALLY stuck well.

How, short of pushing a scraper up between the luan and the filon do I do it. Then, once it's all back together, how do I re-lam?? I'm guessing this will be an ongoing thread.


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Been there - done that. I used a wide heavy sharp metal tool and pushed between the fiberglass and luan until it all separated. Floor (hoe) scraper will work if it's not too sharp.

LATEX based FRP cement to glue it.

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the easiest way is to call lance and buy a replacement wing .
sucks , but if it was built right to begin with there wouldn't be that problem .
btw , i'm in the same boat . just waiting on decent weather to replace both my wings .


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Ok. good. Here's another question. The rot runs about halfway up the door to my dump tank levers. above the door is my outside shower. What if I used a cut off wheel and made a cut straight across between the outside shower bottom and the top of the dump door? Seems like a piece of aluminum stip would cover it. That would mean I dont have to disturb the good seals on the upper half of the wing or where the bottom of the shower compartment is.

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Fred - A replacement wing?? What do they look like? How much? Do they come with the filon already on them?

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xp8103 wrote:

Fred - A replacement wing?? What do they look like? How much? Do they come with the filon already on them?


yup replacement wing [emoticon]
basically they are the frame with the back attached . filon needs to be glued on after they are attached . they send the adhesive with the wings .no replacement edge molding just a strip to cover the joint .
the only problem , at least with mine; my camper has filon on both sides of the wing . the 'kit' i got has that cheap blue plastic******on the back side .
what i plan on doing is putting galvanized sheet metal on the back side . in all honesty i don't remember the cost ...

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What did you use for the trim piece on the face?? How did you separate the filon from the luan?

And are you all using Dicor or something else as the sealer? I've scraped a boatload of that white pliable sealer goo that goes in the end caps before they are put on. What the heck is that stuff? Dicor? Boat Life?

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Also Muddy - What did you use to cut your filon?

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xp8103 wrote:

Ok. good. Here's another question. The rot runs about halfway up the door to my dump tank levers. above the door is my outside shower. What if I used a cut off wheel and made a cut straight across between the outside shower bottom and the top of the dump door? Seems like a piece of aluminum stip would cover it. That would mean I dont have to disturb the good seals on the upper half of the wing or where the bottom of the shower compartment is.


That's what I did. here it is in the process. There are 2 door holes I had to also cut out there.

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On the other side I had to replace it about a foot above the wing all the way down. The trim you see that runs just above the doors is not stock. That is the seam.

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When you replace the wing , you can leave one molding screw out at the bottom of the wing. That will be the lowest point of the wing and will act as weep hole. The wings usually rot because they hold water acting like a sponge.

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