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Elcid - Check caulking yearly, over time it shrinks. I need to do that on my 2015 as well. Dicor is preferred for the roofs. Word of caution, they do have a 1 year shelf life and do not state date on individual tubes but they do on the cases they come in. Either ask to see the case box they came in or buy from Dicor direct. My Father in law found this tidbit out last summer doing his truck trailer.
 

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Dezperado: My toy hauler is a 2015, when do I need to get it re caulk? yearly ? etc? I should start thinking about that :)
As soon as you can get it warmed and dried out. If you're good with a caulk gun and silicone caulk, do it yourself. Or any RV shop can do it for a fee. Some shops will pressurize the inside, spray the outside protrusions with soap water and look for air bubbles. Most manufactures won't warranty any water damage if not scraped and resealed every year. In the mean time, don't store it level. Drop or raise the tongue, or tilt side to side to allow rain runoff. Where T-Web in Oregon, and I live in Washington it's basically Rain Forest condition and lots of moisture. You may have the same conditions on your side of the border.
 

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Most that are doing fiberglass walls are doing "vacuum bonded". A plastic bag as such is laid out on a big bench, a length of Filon (fiberglass) is laid on top, then the foam insulation with wood or aluminum framing around window, door, awning wire runs and other mounting areas, (Not all manufactures do framing), then the inner wall paneling is laid on top, (or bottom if reversed). A moisture activated adhesive is added between layers. Then the bag is sealed over the whole assembly and a vacuum is pulled and everything is cured as a complete assembly. This makes a very strong and structural wall. Windows, doors, and other holes are routed out. Aluminum siding is usually stapled to wood framing with fiberglass batting insulation in the walls. I like Filon walls as being better built, although heavier, however aluminum is easier to repair if damaged. You can Google Filon, vacuum bonded and stick framing for info.
The being easier to repair when damaged is what’s got me thinking aluminum. Even with my parents trailer being re-caulked every other year and the roof re-sealed after 5 years, they still ended up having a pretty major leak problem which resulted in rebuilding half the side of the trailer.
 

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Elcid - Check caulking yearly, over time it shrinks. I need to do that on my 2015 as well. Dicor is preferred for the roofs. Word of caution, they do have a 1 year shelf life and do not state date on individual tubes but they do on the cases they come in. Either ask to see the case box they came in or buy from Dicor direct. My Father in law found this tidbit out last summer doing his truck trailer.
My son tells me there is another caulk that's better then silicone, but I don't know the name. For any roof Dicor is good and I haven't had trouble with shelf life as long as it's not a open tube. I also like #5504 roof sealant by Schnee Morehead. Be forewarned, they are both runny, but easily spread with a throw away cheap paint brush.
 

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The being easier to repair when damaged is what’s got me thinking aluminum. Even with my parents trailer being re-caulked every other year and the roof re-sealed after 5 years, they still ended up having a pretty major leak problem which resulted in rebuilding half the side of the trailer.
5 years is way to long for a roof. Was the leak caused because of the slide out or roof. With Filon, aluminum structure and foam insulation the only wood is interior paneling. If the paneling is damaged, it can be replaced without side wall damage. With stick and aluminum the wood and fiberglass insulation gets wet and everything needs replacement. The Filon is more resistant to damage then even a lawn chair against aluminum.
 

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5 years is way to long for a roof. Was the leak caused because of the slide out or roof. With Filon, aluminum structure and foam insulation the only wood is interior paneling. If the paneling is damaged, it can be replaced without side wall damage. With stick and aluminum the wood and fiberglass insulation gets wet and everything needs replacement. The Filon is more resistant to damage then even a lawn chair against aluminum.
They believe it was from the slide out. Like you said, it wicked quite a ways. Ended up having to cut away a majority of the fiberglass from the slide forward to replace the wood underneath.
 

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My son tells me there is another caulk that's better then silicone, but I don't know the name. For any roof Dicor is good and I haven't had trouble with shelf life as long as it's not a open tube. I also like #5504 roof sealant by Schnee Morehead. Be forewarned, they are both runny, but easily spread with a throw away cheap paint brush.
thanks for the tip! you are wealth of info! your input is much appreciated!
 

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thanks for the tip! you are wealth of info! your input is much appreciated!
Lol, I've forgotten more then most people will ever know. But I'm old too!
 

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Elcid - Check caulking yearly, over time it shrinks. I need to do that on my 2015 as well. Dicor is preferred for the roofs. Word of caution, they do have a 1 year shelf life and do not state date on individual tubes but they do on the cases they come in. Either ask to see the case box they came in or buy from Dicor direct. My Father in law found this tidbit out last summer doing his truck trailer.
I guess I better start watching youtube videos on how to do this! boy, this hobby sure takes time! once it stops raining here, I guess I better do it. I am guessing I need to peel off the old stuff before putting the new stuffs in?


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Looks like there’s a dealer for them in the Portland area. Might take a look.
Thank you.
I went and looked at the 28' front bedroom that they have in stock. Its a sharp unit. John has been good to deal with as well. He's slowly pushing me to the edge on that 5'er. :smile
 

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I guess I better start watching youtube videos on how to do this! boy, this hobby sure takes time! once it stops raining here, I guess I better do it. I am guessing I need to peel off the old stuff before putting the new stuffs in?


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You don't have to peal the roof unless it's loose. But windows, doors, moldings, etc. I like to take off the old, trim any excess putty with a plastic scraper, clean with a wax and grease remover and re-caulk. Then smooth it out with a wet finger, I use spit. Wipe your finger first, or is it after? Oh well!! There is a learning curve to caulk and look good. Practice where it doesn't show and have lots of paper towels.
 

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We’ve been looking at floor plans all day. Gets tiring. “I like that, oh look there, who the f*** builds a bathroom like that?”

Liking coachmen and some of the forest river layouts. Like all the features of the desert fox, but not the floor plan; they only offer 3 lengths and one floor plan per length.
 

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We’ve been looking at floor plans all day. Gets tiring. “I like that, oh look there, who the f*** builds a bathroom like that?”

Liking coachmen and some of the forest river layouts. Like all the features of the desert fox, but not the floor plan; they only offer 3 lengths and one floor plan per length.
I'd of bought another Desert Fox but I couldn't get the floor plan work for me. The one I have now has room for two full size quads and one SxS. About 32ft total.
 

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I'd of bought another Desert Fox but I couldn't get the floor plan work for me. The one I have now has room for two full size quads and one SxS. About 32ft total.
What’ve you got now? Like it?
 

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We’ve been looking at floor plans all day. Gets tiring. “I like that, oh look there, who the f*** builds a bathroom like that?”

Liking coachmen and some of the forest river layouts. Like all the features of the desert fox, but not the floor plan; they only offer 3 lengths and one floor plan per length.
How big are you looking to get?
 

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What’ve you got now? Like it?
I have a 29ft Reactor by Evergreen that measures around 33ft with the tongue. Don't look for one as the four major company investors decided to part company and shut down the business. Yes, fiberglass walls.

Like it, yes, very much. But I had to fix a big water leak behind a awning arm. And I wish it had a longer awning. The dealer upgraded the queen size mattress, replaced a broken stove cover and fixed some outside molding. But, I couldn't leave well enough alone. I added two overhead cabinets in the bedroom, a vessel sink in the bathroom, LED lighting inside and out, noise insulation around the generator, 2 extra baggage/access doors, roof vent covers, 3 solar panels and some decals on the ramp door, a scull and cross bones in the center. 'CAUTION, WIDE TURNS' on the lower right. I also bought bigger Goodyear Endurance tires made in the USA to replace the Chinese tires.
 

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Keep us posted with what you decide. Then we will get a toyhauler thread going like what we have for trucks.
 

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Pulled the trigger on a trailer today. It’s a 2017 work and play 30’. Seems to be built super stout. Has everything I was after and then some. 21’ power awning, 4Kw onan generator, ducted a/c, 12’ full width cargo space 17’ reduced width, front bedroom, single piece aluminum roof, 25 year warranty on the floor, 110 gal fresh water, just tons of storage.
 
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