brand new to the site, just bought my first trailer (1971 Cygnet), I'm new to all of this and excited to get started. Browsing this forum has been really helpful. I'm currently pulling out the old cabinetry and I'm about to start ripping out the interior walls and old insulation that have water damage. I imagine some of the frame will need replacing. I also plan on replacing the ceiling vent. I live in a rainy part of Canada and I'm working outside, I'm wondering if there is a viable way to reseal the camper from the inside?
There has been some leaking around windows, and in corners but also the camper has some holes in the shell that look like old screw holes that have been abandoned and are letting moisture in.
What are my options for sealing the aluminum shell? And can anything workable be achieved from the inside and/or without removing the skin?
Here is a pic of the trailer... Thanks for your help!
There are some people who do repairs from the inside but the best way to find the rot (framing and skirting and edging) is to pull the skins off and look. You can pull a section at a time, repair and replace.
There is a thread for first timers that will be very helpful to you, as well as Mobiltec's videos.
It really won't work to seal from the inside. You have to find where the leaks are coming from and then make proper repairs. Just because a window drips, doesn't mean it's the window that's actually leaking...
Stick with us a while and ask lots of questions. We're here for you.
If doing wall panel frame replacement from inside or outside even, only do small sections at a time.
Try looking through the restorations section for a while before jumping in with both feet hog wild, all in.
They can collapse like a house of cards if you do too much demo at one time.
There was a lady on Facebook this week who ripped her whole trailer apart and it was sitting there sagging to one side, about to fall and her question was.. "What do I do now?"... Scary.
Seriously though... As you do one section at a time, I have read some posts on here from people who have used eterna bond tape on the inside of the hole, and then used automotive bonds on the outside. I think one person called it back patching or something. Would it matter if the panel is off or on, in order to do that?
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