Changing outer wall skins

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  1. SaschandGin

    SaschandGin Read Only Funster

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    Here we go again!! As some of you can remember I posted a thread a few weeks ago about our adventures of nearly being scammed in "gambler or just stupid...".

    My latest idea is that I am looking at a motorhome which has the aluminium "bubbling" off the ply internal walls. Apparently the MH was left in a hot country and it is an effect all over the MH (not localised).

    How easy/ expensive would it be to actually get the skin taken off and re-done? I know about possibility of leakages but this MH has a habitation check and leak test (passed) so am thinking that the owners might be telling the truth. Please give me your thoughts.:help:

    Thanks
     
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    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    In simple language.... BLODDY EXPENSIVE and the van will be tainted for life, dont bother

    Peter
     
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    SaschandGin Read Only Funster

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    Hi Peter,

    Do you think that this will cause problems if left or should it be ok? Or am I better playing safe and going for a "normal" MH. It is a Manhattan 2 berth with slide out- not bad for first motorholme. Also are there any issues with slide outs that I should know about?

    Thanks

    Sascha
     
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    Mate! slide out or no slide out, if it's all over, you'd be better walking away!
     
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    Just had a look at the pics,this is some serious delamination, I dont belive a word of the Portugal story,this thing was built in the USA for the great western deserts
    de-lamination in yanks is common, sometimes harmless, mostly as a result of water ingress around window frames, but that thing resembles an empty crisp packet.It may look better in real life but I wouldnt travel to confirm that
    You can do better
    The whole point of a motorhome is to enjoy it, not spending your life explaining whats happened to it
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    my guess about the panels is zzbsmeter (1).gif
     
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    That'l teach me to look closer its not a yank is it?? the name and the slide threw me googley
    Still 10 foot barge poles spring to mind
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    dont waste your money, it will cost more to repair than its worth
     
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    SaschandGin Read Only Funster

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    Thanks a lot peoples, being new to MHing is not easy. I suppose I should be looking at this the same way as looking at a new house rather than just another car.

    I have binned that one and will continue my search

    Thanks again

    :thanks::thanks:
     
  10. Terry

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    Hi SaschandGin,you are doing the right thing :thumb:I bought a wet van knowing full well I was going to rip it all out and redo it.I looked at the roof seams that I could see needed resealing or so I thought.:Doh:Cut a long story short we ended up putting a new roof on -cost about 350 quid in total -8 ft x 4ft ali sheets at the time were £50 each x 5 = 250 plus glue and new trims and 2 days work for two of us.ROOF plus 4 sides = 350 x 5 =1750 assuming ali at 50 quid a sheet which will have doubled easy
    terry
     
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    hi terry i replaced the clear fibreglass roof on my truck only a few years ago. 20ft x 7ft6ins .cost $175.65 .still have a big off cut . . i thought about doing it in ally but the truck builders put me off .seems the fibreglas is better at stopping the heat come through . . must say when reskinning trucks i use plastic covered steel that comes from one of the roof sheet makers . 10ft x 4ft 3ins for about 35 quid . you can leave it in one of their various colours or it takes two pack a treat. the plastic as that wrinkled caravan type finish looks great.
    actually i just fibbed .they are 9ft 10ins x 4 ft. try a google on cladco .okehampton . flip down to price list and down to flat sheets 36quid now . must be someone near you that does similar.
     
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    Hi Alan mate does vinyl graphics / signs and he get them :thumb: When I did the roof on the old van I got 1.5 mm ali with one side painted white (£15 extra for white) and we bent it over the top edges so that it would drain down the sides instead of relying on a seal to stop it leaking :BigGrin:
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    this roof sheet stuff is really nice did a mates box last year .other than a few lines of rivets ity looked like a new box . didnt need painting in the end .
    it was an ex prison cell box .someone had removed the cell windows and made a right mess , we skinned over it.
    i used some on mine 12 years ago when i altered the rear doors from being full height. its very easy to work with. cut with a nibbler so no sharp edges .
    two of us changed my roof with the clear fibreglass roll in less than a day . it fixes with sikaflex and a edge of u shaped ally that rivets through to the outer frame . easy contsruction. as to be truck body lads have to repair and fix them fast as off road time is money.
     
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