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Old 01-13-2016, 10:34 PM   #43
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I'm still surprised at this issue related to roof seams. Roof penetrations, yes, but seams? As I understand it, most of the sealant is between the overlapping aluminum sheets under the rivet line and not exposed to weathering. My '98 has never leaked at a roof seam, and I annually inspect them testing to see if they will wick water.

Has anyone had pressure testing done that revealed a leaking roof seam?
I did not have a leak, pressure test confirmed no roof leaks. I did have some puddling around the rear vent and the sealant was peeling away in several areas, like around the antenna mount, gutter seams etc. Almost all of it appeared to need replacing.

We got this AS used and I didn't know what sealants had been used (or not) and I wanted to do it as preventive maintenance, get it done right. I had rolled back the tile floor in the front, revealing a grapefruit sized rotted section and evidence of leaks from each side.

The pressure test showed only very minor leaks amidships, which they caulked. The rain test showed no leaks in the front where it had been leaking. The tech said there must have been a leak around the front windows, was fixed but the floor never dried out. (There's insulation under the front floor that will stay wet because there's no way to get air under the floor. This probably caused the rot.)

The rotten wood smell is gone and we're satisfied with the work. We're down in Florida until early March so this should be a good test of everything.
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Old 01-13-2016, 11:51 PM   #44
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My dealer won't do the pressurized leak test because they say it causes leaks.

BTW, I have not had a leak in four years, and live in one of the wettest climates in N. America.
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Old 01-15-2016, 03:00 AM   #45
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Sounds like a cop out because they do not want to spend the money for the equipment...
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Old 01-15-2016, 08:27 AM   #46
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My dealer won't do the pressurized leak test because they say it causes leaks..
Interesting. Wonder what Jackson Center would say about that statement.
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Old 01-15-2016, 09:43 AM   #47
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Leaks at less than .5 psi?

Sounds imaginary.

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We purchased our 2005 in 2006, full timing still since 2007. It took a few years before I learned not to reapply over old caulk on anything. I had often layed on additional caulk only to soon find leaking again around fans.

Bought heat gun to soften old caulks for removing. Easily moved thick donuts of caulk. Cleaned surfaces with denatured alcohol before recaulk. Great adhesion to clean surfaces. No more leaks at fans. Next did the VTR, same with heat gun, cleaning, then resealing with good self-leveling caulk. Did the long joints along roadside gutter and along roadside awning. Did the front windows but with acryl-r using lubriplate pump applicator.

Haven't done any seam or rivet sealing anywhere else. Hasn't seemed to be an issue as far as we can tell. Biggest leak we've recently found had nothing to do with caulking, but that's a post for the thread about Duotherm a/cs instead. See u there?


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To the OP's question, we like having JC adjust the drum brakes. I know, anyone can do it. But they're better at it than I am. When they find a problem they can put everything right same day.

If we're going to be anywhere near JC, we ask an appointment for brakes. We enjoy browsing the store. And we meet the most interesting people in the customer area.


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