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UK Pete

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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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On our 2nd MH now a AutoTrail Savannah which we're absolutely delighted with
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
 

Highwayman1

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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
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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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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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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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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And we thought we had problems !
 

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calion

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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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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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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.

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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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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Don't Panic !

I material costs it's not that bad. You being able to do it will save the day.

Time is against you, it takes a long time for any good wood to dry out. You need patience and warm air blowing.
 
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UK Pete

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Yes thanks , i will try and stay positive , there wont be any wet wood to dry out as i am ripping anything thats wood and wet right out of there , i cant believe that all this was going on and hidden from me, i will get it in a good enough state to enable me to go away, but i will now have to go to a campsite with a shower as i wont have the shower room finished, i was hoping to be doing a bit of wild camping
pete
 
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You can still wild camp. Just strip wash. Think about before you had a pvc , did you ever have a tent ?
When we go to the funster meet at Whitby , our pvc won't be ready ( no upholstery , no water tanks (( still in America)) so no shower . I'm just thinking down the lines that it will be warmer And dryer than a tent . We may even have to take the camping stove !
Get your self away, enjoy your break. Remember it can be repaired. At least you found it before it spread into the lounge area.
 

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Hang on in there Pete, you sound like you've got good plans to make sure you still get your holiday.

For wildcamping try Muc-off or similar:

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Good on you Pete, get stuck in there and sort it.
Stay positive and take it a step at a time and it will come together.
It's only material and time and with a strong attitude you'll get it done.
And..... Enjoy your stay away on April, in a comforting sort of way you will know you have the issues sorted and a proper van for years to come.
 

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Bit of a long shot but you can get treatments for rotten wood. I've used them on window frames and was quite impressed. They are resins which soak into the rotten wood then set solid.

Not a long term solution by any means but if you can get access to the timbers it might give you enough peace of mind to go away as planned.
 
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Hi Pete. Sorry to hear this. We just had a small amount of damp damage fixed and I felt bad enough about that, let alone damage like yours.
Where and when were you planning to have your holiday?
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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Just a thought pete, has the wood been getting wet throu sweating due to the cold external steel surface or did you have a membrane in place to eliminate this
Did you use marine ply, or WPB board

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