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  1. Alie&Jim's Carrilite

    Water intrusion and fixes for other brands

    Roger- Sent ya a PM with a link of a bunch of pics. We removed the floor and replaced as there was too much damage to do an epoxy repair.
  2. Alie&Jim's Carrilite

    Water intrusion and fixes for other brands

    We removed the entire floor and replaced it as both ends and the majority of the side was delamed and dripping when we exposed it. The bottom pic was at the end of the slide. We wrapped the edge of the plywood with an Eternabond type tape that would help seal any holes going into it. Installed floor from the bottom side, wrapped another layer of the tape from the side, down under the flooring lapping the edge wrap. Side metal was hung and the molding was caulked underneath after holes had been predrilled. Bottom side exterior inside corner was caulked and taped as well.
  3. Alie&Jim's Carrilite

    Water intrusion and fixes for other brands

    A few pics for ya/
  4. Alie&Jim's Carrilite

    Water intrusion and fixes for other brands

    Problem posting pics again... We had cosmetic hail damage being repaired actually replacing the lower panel when they found this. It was 1" interior grade fir plywood, 10-12 layer. But no sealants on the edges, tape nothing. The shop had enough plywood that I made a long piece- 23 foot long, with a little West System and a 2ft scarf joint- tapered joint... Put the joint over a floor support roller. We sealed the edges, and reinstalled with caulking oozing out.
  5. Alie&Jim's Carrilite

    DRV water intrusion poll

    Chad can reply later, but after seeing some of his caulking issues around the back cap, I would be surprised if there wasn't an issue somewhere. Hopefully, he has recaulked the entire rig by now.
  6. Alie&Jim's Carrilite

    Water intrusion and fixes for other brands

    Roger, The biggest issue I found on our 2017 DRV Mobile Suite this past November was that the wood floor was attached to the bottom of the slide out framing. There was a really skinny bead of adhesive and lag bolts that were run up into the bottom aluminum plate of the slide-out wall assembly. The lower metal - fender skirt was then attached with brads, and then the beltline molding was attached with screws to the end grain of the wood floor. There is a thin foam strip on the back of the belt line molding that tears after the screw is pushed thru it. The top of the molding is caulked with a cheap caulk that breaks down in 2-3 months. This allows water to seep under the molding, follow the screw threads into an unprotected wood substrate.
  7. Alie&Jim's Carrilite

    DRV water intrusion poll

    Thanks for posting this. Many years ago, I joined various forms under various names. On the Thor forms, I'm "Walker" because I walk/survey natural gas lines. Since November when I found a rotten slide floor on our 2017 Memphis and DRV thumbed their nose at me, I have been in contact with other DRV owners with the same issues. So this is the search to see how many folks have had issues. I'm not forum savvy to post polls etc, so I do thank Rynosback for putting this up.
  8. Alie&Jim's Carrilite

    DRV 5th Wheel Water Intrusion

    Sent you a PM
  9. Alie&Jim's Carrilite

    DRV 5th Wheel Water Intrusion

    Kirk, The focus is on the DRV group. There have been known issues with water intrusion. In the 2014 time frame, about when Thor took over, DRV stopped using butyl tape behind the beltline moldings. They also elected to use a lower quality sealant on the exterior. Even after dealers informed them that the exterior sealant caulking deteriorates in a few months, the factory continues to use it. For the amount the DRV units cost, one expects or expected a unit of quality that isn't being delivered.
  10. Alie&Jim's Carrilite

    DRV 5th Wheel Water Intrusion

    Sure, Go from 2012 to present.
  11. Alie&Jim's Carrilite

    DRV 5th Wheel Water Intrusion

    We have had water intrusion issues on our 2017 DRV Mobile Suite both a rotten slide floor and a slide roof that rotted. These have been repaired at our expense. I'm gathering details from other people that have had similar issues with their DRV brand RV. If you have had issues, please PM me. I'm not looking to start a brand argument and will delete any comments that don't pertain to my question.
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    Read the fine print of your policy and make sure your insurance coverage includes water intrusion and its effects.
  13. Alie&Jim's Carrilite

    Costco vs Sams Club

    In the Southeast Sams has a larger store population than Costco. We like Costco better but shop both.
  14. Alie&Jim's Carrilite

    Its a marathon

    My mother had 4 rental mobile homes at the Emerald Isle Fishing Pier in Emerald Isle North Carolina. Lovely ocean tourist destination, every Sunday afternoon, it would be - go clean, fix, repair and replace. The fall that a hurricane ( late 1980's) washed over the middle of the island solved that aggravating Sunday ritual...
  15. Alie&Jim's Carrilite

    Hmm.........Old Goat again.

    That's what I'm wondering. Is the steel of the same strength/hardness/??? as the cast part. Assuming that the cast jaw is the same as the Binkley which is the industry standard for strength, is the steel jaw equal or greater?