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Old 06-07-2011, 10:31 AM   #15
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My 2001 looks just like yours. I removed the plastic and pulled up the carpet as well. The wood was discolored and beginning to show signs of weakness in a few areas. I decided to soak the floor with an two part epoxy resin to seal it in the even it leaks again. I also removed the rubrail and resealed it since I couldnt find any other area it might be coming in at. The trailer pretty much lives in a shelter but the design of the bumper cover allows all the water when washing to puddle. I wonder if there is some way to drill a relief drain so the water pours into the lower bumper tray rather than the spill up over the body seam and into the coach?

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Vinnie,

We tink alike...I was contemplating the same drain idea.

It's been raining hard all morning..there is a nice puddle right where the floor was the wettest inside, at the right side seam on the bumper cover.
The floor is not quite dry yet, but no evidence of leak either.
If all the re-sealing holds up I may just epoxy also, holding off for now.

Maybe I'll go out and drill that small hole now.
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:09 AM   #16
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Vinnie,

Drill buddy drill.

Just put two 7/32" holes 'bout 3/8" back from the molding, right on the bumper cover seam. Water drains straight to the ground. The seam is right above the slides on our trailer, don't even get into the pull out.
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:21 PM   #17
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Vinnie,

Drill buddy drill.

Just put two 7/32" holes 'bout 3/8" back from the molding, right on the bumper cover seam. Water drains straight to the ground. The seam is right above the slides on our trailer, don't even get into the pull out.
Cool! can you take a picture? Im a visual learner..
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:51 PM   #18
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Same spot on both seams....






It's been drying now since 'bout 1pm yesterday....You can see how much better it looks already. Guess the fancy drying rig is doing ok, still a little damp though.
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Old 06-07-2011, 04:45 PM   #19
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My trailer is a 94 but may be similar to yours. I had a leak around the licence plate mount. It is a black plastic unit that is above the storage door. I sealed around it with acryl r and have had no moisture in two seasons.
Just goes to show, you have to look everywhere.
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Old 06-07-2011, 04:52 PM   #20
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I lifted the vinyl floor at the back of my 2007 under the dining table and it was damp across nearly the entire width of the trailer. I have the wood drying now and it still feels firm but is discolored.

It makes you sick that for the price of these units there is a huge gap where the water can run in after sitting on the rear bumper storage area.
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:09 PM   #21
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I lifted the vinyl floor at the back of my 2007 under the dining table and it was damp across nearly the entire width of the trailer. I have the wood drying now and it still feels firm but is discolored.

It makes you sick that for the price of these units there is a huge gap where the water can run in after sitting on the rear bumper storage area.
SC,
Sad but true...this SHOULD NOT be happening, especially on the newer units.

I'm just getting past the filiform problems....now this.

Is it entering thru the same area?
Could you post some pic's to show how your dealing with it?
May interest other FB owners. Where are you planning your repairs?

Keep on keep'n on. Best of luck.

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Same spot on both seams....






It's been drying now since 'bout 1pm yesterday....You can see how much better it looks already. Guess the fancy drying rig is doing ok, still a little damp though.
Thanks for the picture. I understand now what you mean by drilling near the seams. I poured a glass of water on the bumper and it seems to puddly right in the middle. I was thinking I need to drill a hole right there but it will for sure drain in the rear pan. Thoughts? The pan is better than the storage compartment i suppose?
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:34 PM   #23
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Thanks for the picture. I understand now what you mean by drilling near the seams. I poured a glass of water on the bumper and it seems to puddly right in the middle. I was thinking I need to drill a hole right there but it will for sure drain in the rear pan. Thoughts? The pan is better than the storage compartment i suppose?
Vinnie,

Not surprised. I was looking at a photo in your gallery of the rear of your coach. When I enlarged it, it did appear the center was the low point.
Not a big concern with a little water getting in the tray.
Ours always fills a little in a good downpour, drizzles in over the lip, a few holes in the pan and some of those lock together rubber mat squares helped get around that.
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:31 PM   #24
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Hi, well so much for the theory that the Classics with a lip from the bumper, under the moulding, can't get the rear floor wet. On my Safari, the lower belt moulding sits tightly on top of the bumper cover. I have checked for leaks and found none, but I still sealed the moulding where it touches the bumper cover and each end of the moulding in-line with my frame. I removed all of the plastic carpet cover around my queen bed, but left it in my storage compartment. No signs of wetness or moisture has been seen. I did feel cold air from under my bed, so I used "D" weather seal around both edges of my street side compartment door.
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Old 06-09-2011, 07:06 PM   #25
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Well the trunk has finally dried out.

Just for S&G's I pulled up the carpets/pads in both rear storage compartments, guess what?.....

Not as bad BUT....
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I know this has probably been discussed but given that a 4*8 sheet of 3/4" marine plywood is $65 (Overton's > Greenwood PlyDek XL Plywood Panel 4 x 8 each - Boating & Marine > Carpet & Flooring > Marine Lumber & Re-decking : Boat Flooring, Boat Decking, Marine Flooring, Marine Decking) why the heck is it not being used in our $50k+ trailers?

What would the difference be on a whole trailer? $150?
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Well the trunk has finally dried out.

Just for S&G's I pulled up the carpets/pads in both rear storage compartments, guess what?.....

Not as bad BUT....
This plywood thing is the achilles heal of the airstream. Thats why I opted to store the dang thing inside since I got it. I will never be doing a shell off restoration on an S/O.. Im afraid it would have a for sale sign on it before that happened. I am going to do the same drilling trick to mine.

Thanks Vinnie
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Hi, pictures of double "D" seal on storage compartment door. This makes for a snug fit and is somewhat tight opening and closing this door. I don't think the original black seal does very much. Both white "D" seals wrap all the way around the door.
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