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Old 06-30-2018, 11:54 AM   #1
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Journey J-Channel loose

Working on , new to me, 07 Journey 34H. Cleaning out roof cove sealant I see that the J-Channel has pulled away from the wall at the joint between J-Channel meeting. The section pulled away is about 1 ft long.

I am trying to figure out the best way fix this. Has anyone else had this and fixed it? After looking at some roof cross section I was thinking of using a long machine screw with a small enough head to fit through the gap on the J-Channel. Any help appreciated.

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Old 07-03-2018, 09:53 PM   #2
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Everytime someone posts about an issue that could have applicability to us, I run out to the rig and see. All that running turns out to be good excercise!

Our 2007 Journey 34SE had the same problem as your picture. Not as severe, but still loose. Ours was at the joint near the main slideout. Running the slideout in and out showed that the slide cover spring puts tension on the j-channel and pulls it away.

I say we HAD the same problem. I thought your solution is the solution. So pulled the channel away, squirted a little dicor behind it and screwed it down with a #8 self tapping screw. Then smeared a thin coat of dicor on the screw head. Service Tip 2010 - 10 has a good cross section to guide your efforts.

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Old 07-14-2019, 05:13 PM   #3
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Another J channel failure!
While washing the coach, I noticed the J channel at the end of the drivers side slide appeared to move when bumped with the brush. While drying the side from a ladder I took a closer look. The rear section of the channel was loose for about 12' where it attaches to the sidewall. This also anchors the slide awning. Looked like all the screws were broke! Knowing the awning would need to be removed and all of the caulking / adhesive would need to come out, roof extracted from channel, and everything remounted, I called Winnebago 1st thing Mon. They said I could come down to Forrest City and get in line for service. I called my local dealer and explained the problem and, letting them know I had a RV Care A Vanner commitment for a Habitat 4 Humanity house build a week from Sun. for 2 weeks. Even though they were booked up, they told me to bring it down and they would get on it! After inspection, they found the right side was also broken loose.
Dropped coach off Tue. morning, picked it up Fri. afternoon. They did a great job, looks better than new!
Was not cheap, not much for material but labor intensive.
The dealer was Pleasureland RV in MN.

Always good when you have a positive dealer interaction!
They went above and beyond.

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