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  1. Mark Harvey

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    hello all
    We have just bought our first camper,a 1990 C25, with what looks like a Glendale conversion
    We got it home after camping the first day we bought it. A load of rain dropped and we now notice small evidence of damp. No massive but all centred on the roof seam rail that runs front to back. It looks like the back end
    Went back to guy whole sold it, he denied all knowledge because he kept in dry storage and never took it out in the rain.
    Our mechanic suggests stripping off the existing rail and sealant, re-doing it and attaching new seals.
    I have not got the skills for this, can anyone recommend a tradesman in Herts/Bucks/ Beds that could help.
    We just want to get it water tight ASAP and then work on the issues
    Stupid me. I was so naive despite doing all the reading beforehand. There was no evidence of current damp when we inspected it
    We just feel dumb, but determined.
    Help!
    Mar & Abbt & Family
     

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  2. wigster

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    :welcome4: Sorry to hear about your problem . Your best bet would be to subscribe to the forum as you will only have 5 posts .
    Best 15 Quid you will spend . Loads of expertise and knowledge on here (y).
     
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  3. irnbru

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    Hello and welcome.
    Sounds like the previous owner was an excellent weather forecaster. I would suggest you buy or borrow a damp meter and test all of the van. You might be lucky but your problem might be bigger than you think. Maybe cost a few thousand to fix. Fingers crossed for you.
     
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    I agree with Irnbru about the damp meter, you need to know.
    But on a more positive cost side, we have just had a similar problem with rain getting in along a roof seam. We caught it early, arranged for a mobile service engineer to call to the house, climb on the.roof, strip off the old seal, renew and refit and check for further ingress (no problem).
    It took all morning and cost £130. We were very pleased and relieved. If you're confident with diy and climbing on the roof it could be cheaper.
    Good luck.
     
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    Hi Mark and :welcome3:,you will get all the help you need here,plus there are some excellent repairers and dealers on board.Hope you get it fixed ASAP and don't let it put you off,good luck.
     
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    :hiya2: & :welcome3::):)
     
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    Hi and welcome to FUN, hope you get your problem sorted. :)
     
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    Hi Mark .. you really need to join the forum. It will save you hundreds or more in the long run. Once you find solution to this problem there will be others and the members can help you avoid unnecessary expense. If you were close to a meet this weekend you could have brought the van and someone could have helped. They have extensive knowledge.
     
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    Hi and welcome from sunny Brighton(y)

    I have the same problem as you with damp so i do understand how you feel!

    My damp is coming through the side window and higher where there is a join in the body. Water heater has leaked too adding to the damp.
    I am lucky i have a mate who has helped with advice and can now help me a bit hands on and of course all the expertise and knowledge i am getting on here (y)

    You can follow my repair here http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/threads/repair-under-way.130846/

    I would say do as your mechanic suggests first and see if it stops coming in.
    Good luck and hope you get it sorted.
     
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  10. Mark Harvey

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    Wow. Thanks Brynic. That is great news.
    Which mobile firm did you use? Can you let me know who so I can call them?
    It definitely seems that most of the van is dry, but the damp seems old. It confuses matters because it has been in dry storage for a year.
    I think if I can replace the roof seal strips, and patch it up we can get it water tight, we then have time to fix and replace and damaged/rotten wood.
    Anyone know of a good supplier of metal roof trim and the rubber seal that goes through the middle?
    We love the layout, and want to make the van work. We are planning to keep it for a 10-15 years whilst the kids grow up, so is worth the investment.
    Thanks for all the feedback so far, did not realise forums cost money to join, that is a first.

    Cheers
    Mark & Family
     
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    Where are there meets? We are free on Sunday & live in Tring, Herts. Any ideas?
    Thanks

    Mark
     
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    Mark, before you can get to a rally you must be a member here first. There is a page on the forum called Scheduled Rallies ( second at top of furums)

    I,m sure if you were a member here and you turned up at a rally funsters would help.
    But i would be reluctant to help if you just wanted free advice and then disappear.

    Best pay your £15 annaul membership, because i think you will be looking for much more advice in the future.

    Good luck with your problem.

    You will probably not be able to reply any more you have reached your free post limit.
     
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  15. Graham and Jane

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    Hi Mark.
    Welcome to the forum. Pay your subs to join you will never regret it. Meets are held all over the country and anywhere that someone is ready to run one
     
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    I'll PM.
     
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    hello and welcome.jpg

    I'll add that it is worth the subscription fee. You will get many times the cost back in help and advice plus there are member discounts on things like insurance, security and accessories. You can also then join meets and rallies where fun is had by all..... People will help and give advice but it does annoy paid members when they give a lot of time, skill and effort with advice and then the person asking for help goes off without a "thanks".
     
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  18. tonka

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    Dont think you will.. He has not subscribed and used up the 5 free posts.. !
    Maybe he will see the benefit and become a full member (y)
     
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    That is a nice van & well worth getting watertight & hopefully it won't need much more than resealing. Fingers :welc:x'd.
     
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    Lovely van and I do hope you are able to deal with the damp problem and enjoy your family trips in her .:WelcomeFlag:
     
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