Hi, I have some questions on repairing aluminum siding.

When I bought my camper it had a ding under the front window at the bend in the front. I was told by the previous owner that his brother hit a tree (obviously not very hard)... I would bet there is some rotten wood in there since the dent caused the window to leak.

My first question is where do you buy the aluminum that wide. I have seen 48 inch but not 8 foot. My next question is... can I take the aluminum off, just the bottom sheet under the window, without taking out the window. I know I will have to loosen the sides, but where do you buy that butyl tape to put back the edges. Is there anything else I need to know or watch out for before I open it up. I saw somewhere that it was a good idea to use a two by four, screwed into the sides as a cross base before taking the side loose. What do you guys think about that?

Well, thanks in advance for the info!

Mary

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i suspect a good bodyman could fix it if the metal was removed but i don't know how difficult that would be.i need replacement sheetmetal for mine too.

Try http://www.hemetvalleyrv.net/ for replacement siding.

As far as the butyl tape, any RV place usually has it, or you can get it from Vintage Trailer Supply.

Did you post any pictures of the damage?

It would be easier to offer advice if I could see what it looks like.

Have you checked with a local sheet metal shop?  I had a good experience with a shop in eastern Washington.  The shop was able to reproduce the lower front section for my Shasta Compact.

My neighbor does gutters and siding. He replaced the aluminum skin on back of my trailer. He also replaced a piece of siding on side, using pop rivets. Hope that helps!!
This is how it looks now. Good as new. He custom folded it!!
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Good Morning, Hemet Valley in Cal., 951-765-5075 you can call them to see about siding, Steve is awsome helping to figure out how to do siding repairs, I just order  all new metal for my 64 Frolic, Also I would take out the window and make sure no repairs need done as a piece of mind thing. Hope they can help. Otis

Otis,  thanks for this rv siding source. I'll add it to our RV Parts supplier list. Keep em coming. We ALWAYS need trusted vintage parts suppliers. pat

I strongly recommend that you think long and hard before you tear into this just to repair minimal damage.

One thing always leads to another with this sort of repair.  I may not be able to see the damage well enough but I am wondering if the leak is really due to the dent.

Does Steve do the repairs, or just have the siding?  Got my Shasta jack knifed in Baja and trying to get the repairs done soon.  Thanks, Dave

Mary, Butyl tape can be found at lowe's and other hardware stores as well as most RV sales places. I would suggest that you remove the window first to explore the damage area and see if replacement is needed. The aluminum is very easy to work with and you may be able to pop the dent out without having to pull the whole panel. That being said you may find that you have more damage than assumed and at the very least you will know what path to take with out having removed the whole panel.

I'm positive I do have more damage. I have a place on the inside where I can open up and see down inside. There are some broken pieces of wood from the accident which I will need to replace, and there is a little water damage to be replaced as well. I think it will be easier to take the lower panel under the window out to replace all that... You're right, I might be able to straighten the old aluminum after it is off. It might be easier that way! Thanks!

As Rich mentioned, I would take the window out and survey the area for weather/water damage. And I would attempt to straighten out the aluminum. And if successfull, reinstall the siding piece and window with Fresh butyl tape,(basically rolled caulking,,good stuff). If you can see some rotted wood, there is a high chance there is more then you can see till you delve a little deeper,, and catch it before it becomes a structural issue.. Its not a real hard repair,, just a little patience and elbow grease... Good luck with it, and dont forget POST PICS as you go along and the after pic of the finished job.

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