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Old 06-24-2007, 09:14 PM   #1
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leaks only when towed?

The two times I've towed in the driving rain, I open the door and it's wet by the door and up to and around the refrigerator as well as below the hot water tank.

I live in Seattle and it's poured down rain several times while sitting in the driveway and it's never leaked.
Could water be going down the 'frige vent on the roof and leaking out the bottom of the refrigerator? I say this as my door seal is new and I see no water around the door frame itself.

Any thoughts?

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Old 06-24-2007, 11:06 PM   #2
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leaks..

are sometimes hard to find. One thought was the AC gasket, but then it's wet forward of the door.

My thought is the front window gasket may be leaking and the water moves backward.

Fridge vent is a thought, but the design makes it harder for this to happen.

Is your water tank full? Maybe a leak up high on the tank and it sloshes out? REmote possiblity, but a chance of it.

Vent stacks for plumbing may be a culprit, but again, they're rear of the door.

My bet is the front window.
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Old 06-24-2007, 11:10 PM   #3
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I don't feel any water by the front windows, only at the bottom of the door close the the counter wall near the frige, and not on the other sode of the door next to the front dinette.....?

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Old 06-24-2007, 11:10 PM   #4
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Old 07-05-2007, 01:48 PM   #5
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Dan, leaks in my Argosy will probably be the death of me , Check the vent for the sink for the water heater side leak. As far as the door side is concerned, check where the door frame meets the trailer body, also check the "chair rail" around the bottom. The lower skin is actually laid up on top of the body shell, so it's a potential leak. I would also check your wheel wells, The old Vulkum is probably shot, and when you drive there is alot of water being thrown around under there. Let's see, where else??. Check your TV antenae area and where the awning bolts to the trailer. That should keep you busy for awhile, good luck, I'll be out chasin my own leaks. George.
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TV Antenna, vents, and wheel wells are all

possibilities. Good luck!
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yeah, I'd go first for the overhead vents and air conditioner. water being "driven" sideways can force itself under a failing caulk joint, or ac gasket, whereas, if the trailer were parked, the raindrops would just roll off. Once it gets in and saturates the insulation, it can be wicked almost anywhere.

I had a leaking vent gasket that was apparent via an interior leak that was at least 10 feet away from the actual entry point of the water...and also, up higher on the wall.
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The two times I've towed in the driving rain, I open the door and it's wet by the door and up to and around the refrigerator as well as below the hot water tank.

I live in Seattle and it's poured down rain several times while sitting in the driveway and it's never leaked.
Could water be going down the 'frige vent on the roof and leaking out the bottom of the refrigerator? I say this as my door seal is new and I see no water around the door frame itself.

Any thoughts?

Thanks,

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Dan.

Some times the obvious, can escape from one's thoughts.

Strange, very strange water leaks can and do happen.

But, there is always a reason. The big problem, is to find the reason.

From what you describe, you may, when towing, be flexing the shell more than it should, on up to distorting the shell because of the possible tow vehicle and hitch ratings.

A heavy duty tow vehicle and a heavy duty hitch, can mis-align the entrance door.

What tow vehicle do you have? What brand hitch do you have and what is it's rating?

You could also have an unbalanced running gear problem. That too, will cause the door to shake enough when traveling, to allow water to enter.

Your problem is not uncommon, so don't fret.

We will help you solve it, but you have to provide some information first.

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Old 07-06-2007, 09:08 AM   #9
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The antenna was removed and sealed, sewer gasket replaced and I looked at the wheelwell last light and they seem OK.

The entry door is suspect. It latches but bows out slightly at the top and bottom. I can imagine rain running along the bottom and then soaking the refrigerator area....I still can't think what would cause the leak on the other side under the water heater.

What's the recommended cure for a warped door .....brute force over the knee?

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I had this very same issue happen to me.

It was when my unit was brand spankin' new. I bought it from a dealership right down the street from the factory.

The factory broght it back from the dealer, caulked the door checked the fridge and A/C put it through the water testing machine several times for extended periods and nothing, not a drop.

First tow in rain, wet again. After doing a ton of light and water tests, I found that in production, my wheel well on the curbside didn't have any caulk.

After doing some base caulking myself initially (the factory later did a more proper job) the leak stopped.

I've since towed in monsoon like conditions and not a drop inside.
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The antenna was removed and sealed, sewer gasket replaced and I looked at the wheelwell last light and they seem OK.

The entry door is suspect. It latches but bows out slightly at the top and bottom. I can imagine rain running along the bottom and then soaking the refrigerator area....I still can't think what would cause the leak on the other side under the water heater.

What's the recommended cure for a warped door .....brute force over the knee?

Thanks,

Dan
A warped entrance door is always bad news.

It happens when the door flys open and slams into the shell.

The fix has been posted many times before.

Rebending the door will fix it until the next time you close the door.

The inner metal must be removed, etc, etc in order to permanently fix the door.

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