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Old 04-21-2012, 12:11 AM   #1
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My bumper is back grading?

So, I have noticed since I bought this trailer that the carpeted area in the very back of the trailer (I mean the outside access compartment where I store my blocks, hitches etc..) is wet. Since I have just recently purchased the trailer I thought when I felt the soaking wet carpet that it was from the owner who had recently unhooked his hose and stored it in the compartment. Well, that are recently dried out due to the lack of rain we were getting, but the rain is back and now the carpet is soaked again. The only thing I can think of is that the bumper slightly back-grades towards the compartment. I checked above and on the side and nothing is even damp, so it almost has to be coming from the sides or below.
Anyone else have this issue?
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:08 AM   #2
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I don't know if this is related, but when we got ours, the gaskets around the side storage doors had failed, especially curbside. The entire back floor was wet. Carpet under bed was wet. Imagine my surprise when I stuck my hand through the floor curbside just aft of the side storage. We had to do a back floor replacement.

Hope that's not the case for you.

Your trailer probably has good plywood floors. Ours, being a 1992, had OSB....sorry stuff.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:51 AM   #3
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I hope that not the case. It rains a lot here and that would totally suck. I haven't even used the trailer yet. It feels solid under there, but not totally sure.

Thanks for you help LawChick.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:16 AM   #4
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We to leeky...

Finished sealing the rear of ours last Season. Removed all the carpeting in the rear compartments.

Above and below the bumper belt molding, drilled low point drain hole's in bumper cover, tail light bezel's, license plate pocket, clearance lights and storage compartment door gaskets.

If the TL bezels look like these...DON"T seal the drain holes!!


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1st thing we did was remove the carpet from under the bed so we could see any problems with the flooring. We just repaired a small pipe leak under a rear cabinet and did the same thing there too. Remove the carpeting. We are thinking about putting down tile (linoleum) on the exposed wood to protect it from moisture (since ours is osb). All carpet does is hold water against the wood.
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Old 04-21-2012, 12:57 PM   #6
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I agree, I don't need Capet if all its going to do is hold water in. I guess the carpet does keep things from rolling around, but I can come up with something less threatening to the sub-floor.
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This stuff werks well for the storage area's.

Allows for circulation and keeps stuff in place really well.

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FWIW...they also werk well under the AS tires on the pad, no more sitting on wet concrete for extended periods.
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"My bumper is back grading?"

I'd say it's front grading. I only see two solutions to the bumper storage water intake port design. 1. Separate the storage box from the trailer by adding to the length of the frame and moving the storage box back away from the body. Seal the body so no more water can leak in. 2. Remove the storage box parts and throw em in the garbage. Seal the body so no more water can leak in.

My experience with trailers and motorhomes, they should be stored inside and only used in dry weather.
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