Chances are it does, whether you know it yet or not. Even if it’s just months old.
That’s because the caravan industry has a problem. It’s growing. And it’s growing fast.
In fact, the popularity of caravanning in recent years means that the industry is having a hard time keeping up.
Which is understandable if you’re building a new caravan, RV or motor home every 5 and a half minutes.
Source: June 2015 Production Data – Caravan Industry Association of Australia
Let’s talk about build quality
Inevitably, something has to give. And, in a busy factory, quality standards are often the first place where corners get cut.
And those manufacturing standards include making sure your new caravan doesn’t spring a leak.
If you’ve seen the BBC’s Top Gear show, you’ll know that a caravan isn’t really made of much.
Add in the movement of a few thousand kilometres travelling, and all that plywood & fibreglass, glued and sealed with silicone? It’ll start to show signs of age quicker than you might imagine…
…and when seams & seals start to get stressed, moisture starts to find a way in.
So how do you know your caravan is leaking?
Ask yourself these three questions:
1. Does your caravan smell musty?
Some will tell you that it’s normal for a closed up space to smell when first opened.
Well no, not really. If there’s nothing kept in your vehicle that should cause a smell, then what is there to cause it? Moisture.
2. Does it have mould growing anywhere?
Leave one of the grand kids Vegemite sandwiches in the caravan after last year’s holiday? No? If you’ve got mould, you’ve got moisture.
3. Are the wall panels starting to wrinkle or de-laminate?
You’ve seen what happens to a piece of ply board that’s left exposed to the elements. If the roof seals on your caravan are degrading, or have split, your caravan’s walls are being exposed to moisture.
So, how do we go about fixing this problem with moisture getting into your caravan?
Reach for the silicone gun!
It’s the Australian way! Except silicone sealant isn’t the ideal solution it’s made out to be.
You see, silicone sealant isn’t UV resistant AND it WILL NOT resist pooling or ponding water.
Think about that for a moment. Something that isn’t UV resistant. In Australia – the sunniest place on Earth. Not ideal. Back to the drawing board…
The real solution
Imagine you had a completely waterproof and weatherproof sealant, especially suited to Australian conditions. One that doesn’t degrade, crack or split, and flexes with your vehicle in normal use.
One that seals leaks, keeps out moisture, helps prevent corrosion and protects your vehicle. Perhaps even insulates & lowers the internal temperature of your caravan or RV.
The good news is that there is already a sealant that has all these properties. It’s called Liquid EPDM Rubber.
If you’d like to know more about what Liquid EPDM Rubber is and how it helps protect your vehicle, click here.
They say that prevention is better than a cure, so speak with one of our caravan repair specialists today. Simply fill out the form on this page to have one of our team get in touch.