Motorhome and Caravan damp ingress
One of the most serious problems with a caravan or motorhome is damp ingress. It sneaks in quietly through the smallest hole, spreading out as water is joined by more water.
Phew it’s a hard life for a Caravan or Motorhome!
This type of damp ingress is generally unseen, as it runs between the boards of the wall, until the damage is all too obvious. The basic construction of a caravan is a box, which as it is towed along our roads it is twisted, bounced and bumped at speeds up to 60 mph.
On top of this it is exposed to sun, frost and rain, expanding and contracting the joints daily. Is it any wonder then, that sometimes a gap may appear in the caravans main defence against water.
Product we sell to help with caravan and motorhome interior damp
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Caravan and Motorhome Damp Check Service
A damp check is included in our standard caravan and motorhome service, this involves the use of a damp metre which gives a percentage of moisture reading for each area of the body. Moisture is naturally present in the wood materials used in a caravan, so average readings are normal, and changes in atmospheric conditions can affect the background readings. Higher readings are cause for concern, but if detected early enough panels will not be damaged and can be easily rectified without the need for major repair. Removal of the corner moulding drying with heat and dehumidifiers and resealing may be all that’s necessary to disperse the moisture and ensure no further ingress.
You can pick up a cheap damp meter for testing your vehicles damp situation for around £20 from most DIY stores.
Should the problem have gone undetected for some time, the interior panel may be soft, swollen or even pimply, then more serious action needs to be taken.
The damaged interior panel must be removed by scraping it from the insulation and wood frame. The furniture may have to be removed to allow access. Any damaged framing must be replaced. The new panel is cut to shape and glued into place with a high quality twin pack glue. The gluing is important as the rigidity of the wall depends on the sandwich of materials being well bonded together. Finally the outside mouldings are removed, cleaned and replaced on a fresh base of sealant, to prevent a reoccurrence.Davan Caravans Ltd have a fully equipped repair and servicing workshop at the main site here in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.
Davan caravans service department on 01934 510606 (118)
The repair team are ready to take on any job. To book an appointment for one of our experts to assess your caravan or motorhome just contact us Monday to Friday between 08:30 and 17:00 or on Saturday 09:00 until 12:00
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