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Subject Topic: Damp ... ( for a change!) Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by amyd7930/4/2014 at 3:00pm
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Just had our annual service

Damp... 40-50% on the off side near the top

Garage says rail needs to come off and be resealed

Then dehumidifier / heater constantly on will eventually bring this down to a reasonable level

 

There are NO signs of damp from inside the van, no soft wallboards, no smell, nothing at all .....

 

Not sure what to do as I know lots of people say we should dissect the van and investigate - really not keen on that as we are not DIY competent !

 

thoughts?!

 

 


Message posted by JuanHuNose30/4/2014 at 3:24pm
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Well, if there is no sign of damp in the van, then the most sensible course of action would be to do as is suggested and get the rail removed and properly resealed. The longer it is left, the more inevitable it becomes that there will be degradation to the frame and wallboards.

If it has been caught early enough there is a good chance of drying it out and no major work being needed.

Message posted by geoff+emmy30/4/2014 at 4:20pm
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Or buy yourself a damp meter and check it yourself
You don't need an expensive one....
But I can confirm what Juan said first time we had damp caught in time just window seal required 2nd time not caught in time all new wallboards required...

Message posted by josey6030/4/2014 at 4:24pm
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We had our van serviced a few weeks ago and the engineer did a damp test and found 30% damp either side of front windows in an area of about 6 inch by 3 inch, there was no damp detected when we purchased the van last October, tomorrow he is removing and resealing the two rails either side from the bottom up to the roof and says that should solve the problem, hopefully it has been caught in time, there seems to be loads of Damp vans turning up this year, maybe due to the wet winter we have had....

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Message posted by redheads01/5/2014 at 9:12pm
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we had the same problem fist noticed damp back in October last year started at the bottom n/s rail when I removed the screws the rail fell off mastic completely dried out seeing this I completely resealed the whole van everything most of the mastic tape on the rails had lost its adhesion cleaned rails off applied new mastic tape to the rails and before fitting applied elastic adhesive sealant to the caravan and fixed rails in place with new stainless screws finished off with new infill strip finished it in feb this year and so far all good and damp and leak free.


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