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  1. UK Pete

    UK Pete Read Only Funster

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    I washed off the roof of my van ready to fit 2 new solar panels yesterday, i was going to fit the panels today but i noticed there had been a leak in the shower room roof light so i removed it to reseal it,
    to my horror it looks like it and the main roof lights have been leaking for years,
    the whole interior of my van has to come out the entire ceiling has rotted and all the battens, absolutely everything, i am so gutted , i am a grown man yet i just want to cry, i was going away on the 7th of april, i dont think i will get it done in time, WHY ME,
    I will try and get pictures to show you all how bad it is
    pete
     
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    Really sorry to hear your bad news. However since you were not aware of it previously is there any point in getting too stressed about it -Have your planned holiday then tackle it all when you return You'll be refreshed and ready for this new challenge which I'm sure you'll take in your stride comfortably.
    Ian
     
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    was going to give you a like but seemed inappropriate,..
    really feel for you. .. I would also be gutted .. :(
     
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    I agree with Ian - have your holiday and get stuck in when you get home. Our 'van is rotten as a biscuit tin but she serves the purpose - having FUN!
     
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  5. Highwayman1

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    Got to agree with `oldflemo` - if it`s possible to put off until you return then do so. See what you can store to do the job before you go and plan to do it on your return. Don`t think about it whilst your away (easier said). I`m doing mine at the mo with similar probs to yours but I got everything in and I`m doing it 2 hours at a time so I don`t get peed off as I find more I need to do. Take heart - don`t lose it.
     
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  6. Neckender

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    Bloody hell Pete I feel really sorry for you. Try to do what others have suggested and go on your trip.

    John.
     
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    I'd go along with Ian & Janine. Oh, and HWM & John.
    Have your holiday if you can settle to it & if it's safe.
    Bu**er of a thing though, of course you want to cry, it's shock. Allow yourself max 10 minutes a day thinking about it & writing plans to fix it - then try to put it to one side & get on with enjoying yourself!
     
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  8. chaser

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    Our last van was a 98 LDV rotten under and over, knew about it, mechanicaly spot on went all round france italy and Spain in it , loved it but when it failed mot for having no floor afraid it had to go:(.
    But get in it and go , if it's been like it for years another month ain't goin to make much difference.
     
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    That must have kept you fit!
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    Fix the leak and go away on you your hols and let things dry out a bit...may not be as bad as you first thought after

    Good news though as its a PVC...its not going to fall apart like a coachbuilt :)
     
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  11. Highwayman1

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    And we thought we had problems !
     

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    WOW!! Did his wife roll over in the night??? :Eeek::Eeek::Eeek: Hope its not YOUR van.........er.....and wife.........er.........:blush::blush::blush:
     
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    Put that shovel down trumpet bum, you've dug it deep enough :rofl:
     
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    :Eeek::Eeek::Eeek::Eeek::Eeek::Eeek::Eeek::Eeek::Eeek:
     
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    Sorry to hear of your problems :( but at least it sounds as though you have the know how to do your own repairs. Not much consolation I know, but it will save you some money.
     
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    How sad Pete. Terrible way to start the year. But agree with other funsters suggestions, go on your trip & sort it on return. (y)(y)(y)
     
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    This will always be a disaster point all the time they keep making vans from WOOD it rots when wet and it always gets wet when they leak as they do. Sealers will work for a time but then the bodies flex and the stuff gives so in comes the water.
     
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  18. Ralph-n-Bev

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    Pete's got a panel van though, so it's a metal shell.
    It's the roof lights that have leaked. You Have to have wooden batons inside. To put the insulation between and fasten ceiling up etc.
     
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  19. UK Pete

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    Ok thanks for the comments people, the damage is too much to leave , i would not enjoy myself if i went away knowing the problems, so i have decided to strip the inside back to reveal the leak,
    All the shower room has to come apart, i did not get a picture of that, but to my horror the middle roof light has leaked as well, so i am stripping out to at least halfway up the van, take a look at the pictures, they dont actually reveal the whole mess but you can certainly see some of the mess,
    pete
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    Gosh. Gutted for you. It's totally rotten.
    But it will repair. You've got a tough outer shell. To fix it all back to .
    Watching Ralph do our conversion , if your handy, you'll do it yourself. Good luck.
     
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