Mould damage, roof and canvas on a Jayco swan

Submitted: Monday, Aug 24, 2015 at 17:26
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Absolutely devastated, golly I'm peeved, I have had my Jayco swan closed up and parked under a cheap tarp for a few months, I have opened it and found some severe mould ingress on the bottom (inside) of the roof, bedding and curtains around the area of the roof vent, and canvas at the rear bed section, it would appear that water has got in and done mass damage, personally,I think it is beyond repair.
I'm seeking guidance from previous poster who have face the same challenge and was hoping for some idea on where to go and what sort of $$$
Thanks in advance

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Reply By: scandal - Monday, Aug 24, 2015 at 17:29

Monday, Aug 24, 2015 at 17:29
I forgot to add, I particularly would like to hear from begaboy, a thread search bought up very similar damage to their Jayco and I would like to know what was to outcome
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Monday, Aug 24, 2015 at 18:00

Monday, Aug 24, 2015 at 18:00
hi Scandel
my sister had one of the egzac same model and the same thing happened she made an insurance claim and they paid her out with a write off
it's a very common problem with the swan and that was after it was suppose to have been repaired /sealed in S A while they were away over east from W A after they came back it was parked up outside and not covered as they were told it wouldn't leak again when they opened their's up after a few months the whole interior was green and stinking with mould and the chip board was all swollen up on the cabinets etc they were shocked and devestated
try your insurance company
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Reply By: wholehog - Monday, Aug 24, 2015 at 20:17

Monday, Aug 24, 2015 at 20:17
what did you buy....and why..?
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Follow Up By: scandal - Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 15:07

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 15:07
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Reply By: Member - evaredy - Monday, Aug 24, 2015 at 20:23

Monday, Aug 24, 2015 at 20:23
I am really sorry to hear this, I can imagine how you feel. Hopefully your Insurance will cover it, but if not...

We have a camper trailer and our son uses a tent, We had not completely dried out his tent and it suffered from some mould, not to much but enough to worry us.

It is recommended that you NEVER scrub canvas and don't use bleach. I used a mixture of vinegar and water that has done the job.

Allow it to dry out properly in the sun and reapply some form of canvas water proffing product.
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Reply By: Member - Chippie - Monday, Aug 24, 2015 at 21:42

Monday, Aug 24, 2015 at 21:42
Hi Shane

We have had acouple of Jayco Swans, 1st one bought brand new that was a lemon, took Jayco Newcastle(who dragged Jayco into it) to arbitration, to get a replacement took a year of battles, the new one did its job, poor quality, but hey they say you get what you pay for. we had the leak problem with both not so bad on the first as we used it quite often and got to the leak early with mastic plastered everywhere seemed to work. The second one was a shock as we hadn't used it for a few moths like yourself. When we opened it i nearly drove it back to Jayco to dump it on their front lawn..
The fix was the same, mastic everywhere, sugar soaped the roof and all moulded areas, the canvas on the bed end stained, after a few times using it and a wipe down each time it started to wear away, still stained though, the real damage was in the roof as it rotted the timbers internally and part of the roof slightly dropped on top. I painted the internal roof ceiling with a thick white hiding paint, which hid the mould stain. All of the internal trim and curtains around the effected area were washed and came up ok.
I had our local caravan guy look at it for repairs to the roof to see if it was covered by insurance, with no luck, as it was a maintenance thing. Should have parked it under a tree in a storm....
Any how we sold it as was, with a happy buyer who wasn't to fussed about the roof as it was a bargin...
Now we've moved onto a van and swags for the hard to get to places, funny that a full revolution from tent to camper trailer to pop top camper, then to a van, and swags to top off the list.
Hope it helps happy camping

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Reply By: Member - jumpin - Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 11:02

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 11:02
Hi Shane I have a Eagle that will be generally parked up under covers over winter. I am contemplating purchasing a small dehumidifier to keep it dry.
A lot of the racing yachts run these to dry out the yacht interiors and sails after races. Wondering if any one has tried this in their camper or van ?
Another thing I have used that works ok are those crystals that soak up moisture and drip into a tray , available at hardware and supermarkets.
The Dehums are between $100 - $200 .
Few ideas that may help
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Follow Up By: scandal - Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 15:06

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 15:06
We had 2 of those water trap thingy's, but they can only do so much
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