Repairs to leaking van

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 14:06
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We are considering our repair options after having had a leaky van.

Looks like we can have the interior panels which have water stains:

a) fully taken out and replaced - very exxy

b) covered by another panel (the panels inside our van are the standard ones you find at Camec)

c) stains covered over with patching/paint.

These are the alternatives being suggested by the manufacturer.

We are wondering what the result would be if we opted for the patching/paint. Has anyone on the forum gone down this path.

Any thoughts/comments would be much appreciated.
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Reply By: tim_c - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 14:24

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 14:24
If the stained panels are ceiling panels, paint shouldn't be any problem but I'd be reluctant to use it on any high-wear areas that are likely to be bumped and get chipped/scratched.
It might also pay to find out what sort of paint they are planning to use as many paints would have trouble adhering to the panel lining on most caravans.
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Follow Up By: Bunny - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 16:06

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 16:06
The affected panels are side ones - in kitchen area mainly.

How it was explained to us was the paint would be "dabbed" on to the area which is stained, and "you won't notice it". The panels are mottled, very common sort, as I said, you can buy readily at Camec.

Wanted to know if anyone had had this type of "dabbing" done and if it was successful.

I would hope as the manufacturer is repairing the van they would know what type of paint to use, but then again, I could be way wrong.
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Reply By: disco driver - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 16:27

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 16:27
just a thought before you get the interior all done up.
Make sure that the leak HAS been fixed.
Caravan leaks are notoriously difficult to find, the evidence is often a long way from the actual leak.

Water stains can be the result of the glues breaking down and no amount of paint will repair this, it just hides it.

If you can access the van before anything is started, have a good look at the stained areas, if there is any indication of surface bubbling or cracking it may indicate water damage rather than just staining. No amount of painting will fix that, it only camouflages it.

Usually the damage to panels is not structural, only aesthetic, so what you choose to do about it will depend on how you feel about it (Can you live in the van with the end result, whichever option you choose.)

Hope this helps your thoughts.


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Follow Up By: Bunny - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 17:11

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 17:11
Thanks Disco

The repair job is supposed to include finding and fixing the leak, then we will contemplate fixing the stains.

Thanks for your comments about the glue, surface bubbling and cracking - we will need to clarify all this before we proceed.

We certainly can live with the stain, it's more a matter of resale value when the time comes to sell the van.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 16:42

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 16:42
Have just had a panel replaced in our toilet.

It was just showing stains and slight cracking.
When removed was stuffed.
We just cut it across level with the loo and replaced the bottom bit.
Leak was caused by sealant between wall and cassette frame parting and letting water in behind the wall.
On other side put a hatch in at rear and installer said there was water staining.
Found it was coming from around the wheel arch where builder had not sealed edges of exterior sheeting.
If yours in in the kitchen and it has a window check the sealing on that otherwise could be getting in on the top edge sealing at roof level.

Pays to find leak before you fix the panelling as covering it up wont stop it leaking.

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Follow Up By: Bunny - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 17:13

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 17:13
We are told they are going to check all the sealing around windows and on the top edge, so hopefully that will solve the leak.

Thanks for your other comments too.
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Reply By: The Geriatric Gypsies - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 19:54

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 19:54
goodday bunny
q1 how old is van and how far out of warranty
q2 is van insured
q3 if manufacturer is involved do they admit liabilty due to faulty manufacture of van

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Follow Up By: Bunny - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 20:13

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 20:13
This is one VERY VERY LONG SAGA. We have been liaising with manufacturer for over 6 months. Van is outside warranty, but had only been used 3 times within the warranty period. Therefore our claim was that had the van had NORMAL use, the issues would have presented themselves within the warranty period. Manufacturer has not admitted liability, but has proposed a partial payment.

We did go down the insurance track, but because the van had been partially repaired by one of the manufacturer's authorised repairers and had given us a report in writing saying it was a manufacturer's fault, the insurer would not come to the party.

As I said, long long saga.

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Follow Up By: Bunny - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 20:16

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 20:16
Also, should have there a reason for your questions, i.e. are you in a similiar situation?
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Follow Up By: The Geriatric Gypsies - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 09:08

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 09:08
we had a leaking roof in a jayco van but we were original owners and it was only 8 months out of warranty but they did fix it as it was a manufacturing problem

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Reply By: Bunny - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 20:15

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 20:15
Sorry, should have replied, van is now nearly 4 years old, and we are the second owners.
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Reply By: Member - Smiley Bill - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 22:50

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 22:50
Hi Bunny,

It would pay to get the services ie electrics and plumbing looked at as well for signs of rust and corrosion. This would probably mean having panels removed so everything can be eye-balled, not guessed.

Leaks are a pain but so will be faulty sockets etc 6 - 12 months down the track when the original problem has been fixed.

Good luck, SB.
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