Anyone else having delamination of their siding? Mine must have a leak under the stove vent which is causing the fiberglass siding to delaminate. Brought it in for warranty and the shop doesn't want to attempt to fix it since they recommend the whole side be replaced otherwise there will need to be two additional seems. With two additional seems they cannot guarantee it will not fail again. Now in the process of having the dealer relay this to KZ. Waiting to hear their response.
The shop here recommends KZ to replace the entire side of the 5th wheel!
There's also delamination on the RH side above the awning and entry door.
Last Edit: Aug 7, 2020 12:17:07 GMT -5 by chaoticone: Added photo
I can't tell how much bulge there is from the photo. There are a few body techs that could make it appear almost normal, I just wish I would have taken names and numbers. You should remove the vent and find the cause now and prevent even more damage from water. Probably just the typical sloppy installation.
If that is a rain gutter above the awning, they too can be installed poorly and allow rain in. I posted my repair on here some time back and never heard of anyone doing a simple check.
Lynnmor, thanks for the info. The body shop the dealer referred me to is called "Excalibur Collision & Conversion Center" very local to me. The owner stated he does all the camper work in the area for most all the RV dealers, plus some from Canada (about 400 miles away). He's capable of doing something, but would have to replaced about a 12' wide area to remove all damage and place seams in areas that work best, and cannot guarantee it will last for long. How is there any value in that? We pay a fortune for these campers and you have to make immediate repairs the day you get it home! Like the hole for the electrical cables going to the awning motor was about 2" in diameter for a .5" wire bundle, it was half filled with silicone and started leaking inside the coach the first hard rain. I repaired that myself by removing the awning support and properly plugging/sealed the area. I could go on and on with other repairs as well.
The collision center also told me not to make repairs like the ones in online videos, as they will not work or last! Also the dealer told me not to touch it, but yes I want to seal it, because it is getting worse.
New buyers beware - If you buy any RV you better be handy and knowledgeable with mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fabrication or else your rig will be in the shop repeatedly!
I honestly don’t know how folks with limited mechanical ability get by with these things. My list of repairs, improvements, additions and unnecessary maintenance is now about 264 items. I guess some accept the issues or can’t even recognize one.
Post by chaoticone on Aug 17, 2020 15:44:18 GMT -5
KZ found a body shop that specializes in RV collision repairs that was able to come to my home for another estimate. He actually visited the assembly plant for assembly procedures to get a better idea how to make repairs. He also stated he has 3M rep involved with repairs and has been successful in them, leaving no seams. I'm not sure what the estimate total amount was, but hopefully KZ accepts it so I can have the repairs done ASAP!
Debating on trading this in after repairs, the XLR Nitro 28DK5 looks nice but a it's little heavier than I would prefer, they don't need a slideout in the bedroom. I really like the layout in this model but my guests can't stand sleeping on the sit and sleep power bed because the center cup holders in the cushion is like a rock.
It was repaired by KZ through Northland Heavy Duty Collision Center, St Cloud, MN. The manager Ben Rouw was very professional and seems to know this kind of repair very well in working with 3M reps and visiting KZ on his own. He even bought a KZ travel trailer himself after seeing how well they are built compared to some others. Here's some more pictures of the damage and repair.
Notice the vent flange has ribs that cut through the gasket. The screws also seem to wick moisture into the wall. The second picture shows where the water went down between the wall and started the delam.
The repair is pretty wavey and glossy compared to the rest of the side. It's not like new and it surely deprecated it's value, I just hope the repair lasts.
Nice repairs, they new what they were doing an I'm glad Kz stepped up to the plate an fixed it for you ...
I have been to the 5th wheel plant now three times an am amazed at the work they do on the 5th wheel line, I also been in the Kz factory repair shop now twice, once with Ronc an once when our rig was there, both times the Tech's
really new what they were doing ... I watched the one Tech put stripping on the noise of our 5th wheel, he never made
a bubble the whole time an match the other strip perfectly
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