If you are wondering whether RV insurance covers delamination, and what delamination is, and how much it costs to repair, this post should help.
What is RV delamination?
Delamination occurs when the fiberglass outer layer or gel coat of the RV begins separating from the plywood or underlayer. Typically this process starts as a small fracture and starts to spider outside of the original puncture. Often these small damages can lead to larger issues sped up by moisture or water
How much does RV delamination cost to repair?
The most common cause of the delamination problem is an owner failing to periodically re-seal seams. Therefore, RV insurance companies and extended warranties don’t usually cover RV delamination repairs.
If you’re in this scenario but the damage is relatively minor, you can try a delamination repair kit. These kits cost $200 to $300. They come with syringes and tubing for injecting the sealant into tight spots. However this solution only works if the inner layer is free from water damage.
How Delamination Works
Most modern RV’s are made from fiberglass and bounces back from common hazards like road debris and hail. If something impacts the RV roof or wall it might not puncture the fiberglass, but it can hit it hard enough to permanently dent the underlying structure.
The results in a convex air pocket causing the bonding agent to fail and separate. A bubble forms over the unglued pocket, increasing in size over time as the fiberglass-walled RV flexes with normal use.
Many owners do not recognize the damage until it has been done. They can look smooth on the outside but the damage can already be done on the inside to cause the delamination.
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