New Topic for Old Old Old Issue...Leaking

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Barb
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New Topic for Old Old Old Issue...Leaking

I think it was last summer when the leaking started in the back of my 2004 13 ft Scamp.  I've posted about it a couple of times on here and gotten good advice that I've taken.  I've done so many things to try and fix it...new windows, major pressurized leak assessment, repair to an old repair on the top, re-caulking the belly band, taking off the spare tire and re-caulking, putting on new caps.  The thing that's worked the best is to just put a big tarp over it and take out stock in bungee chords. 

After some rain last night I could tell there was water coming in--it comes in on the right side under the window when I'm in the Scamp.  I've been stuffing towels under the fur/insulation where it meets up with the floor.  The tarp was covering the window in the back so I know the leak is from the belly band down.  Today my brother in law and I took to the fur/insulation and cut up from where the water shows up on the floor.  As we were cutting up we ran into the piece of particle board that goes over the belly band under the back window--where the table/bed is screwed into.  We took out all the screws and went ahead and cut a big door from the bottom of the fur up and over the wood.  So I've had a few bad leaks and that wood is bad--wet, crumbling on the edges, and probably has mold.  While I've tried to dry out the scamp after leaks, no hot air has gotten under there so it could have been wet since November when I had a really bad leak--or more recently from a few weeks ago when we had a foot of really heavy snow. 

The board seems to be glued to the fiberglass and my brother in law is wondering about taking it out and what level of mess we'd be creating by doing that.  It's crumbling a bit, but just on the edges.  I've been running a little heater on it all day and it's not drying out at all.  Once we found the board it was really wet in two spots--so we matched everything up and found that they correlated with two caps--and those were covering the two screws that attach the board in addition to the glue (I think).  We were kind of hoping that after we undid the screws from the outside the board would just fall off, but it didn't.  You all probably know all about this.  The caps on top of the screws were on tight, but the screws themselves, especially the one on the side with the biggest leak was totally thin and rusted. 

So I guess my question is...now what??  I think maybe if we got the wood off we would discover something behind it--maybe some structural problem with the belly band??  But from the outside everything looks really great.  I'm attaching some photos.  What do you think about taking off the board--will it hurt the fiberglass to try and remove something that is glued to it?  How would we go about getting it off because it seems to be glued on really tight.  Any and all thoughts will be greatly appreciated.  In the meantime the weather report is good and I'm taping up the mess and going camping for 

the rest of May!!  Thanks as always for your support!

Barb
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Was my post way too long?:) 

Was my post way too long?:)  What it boils down to is...has anyone ever taken the board that the bed/table hardware hooks into our of the Scamp?  It seems to be glued on very well and I'm wondering if we could damage the fiberglass while trying to remove?? 

 

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That board was fiberglassed

That board was fiberglassed in/on when the trailer was made.  It's there to hold the table brackets.  Our '06 had a similar problem but had only gotten as far as rusting the screws as the snap caps were disintegrating.  I replaced the screws with glue covered SS screws and new snap caps and washers, sealed with butyl putty.  Seems to be good.

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Thanks for this response! 

Thanks for this response!  After more digging around in the rotten wood I can see how it was fiberglass in!!  Now I just really don't know what to do about that wet wood.  I'm trying my best to dry it out.  Good ideas for using different types of screws and the tape. 

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Update on the wet board--it's

Update on the wet board--it's gone now.  Used a hammer and chisel pretty effectively and got it out.  Now have painted thick Flex Seal liquid on the back wall and are preparing to figure out how to put the insulation/fur back on best we can.  I think we've finally fixed the leaks for now!!