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Old 10-27-2015, 04:03 PM   #1
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'99-34' struggling to find a leak by door!

Hello all! Looking for anyone who may have run across this. I have a 99-34' I purchased last winter. I have had a leak by the door and heavy yet to track down the origin. Th dinette keeps getting wet right where it meets the floor and the entrance door. I have been over the roof and components several time looking for this leak. I thought I found it 2 times but still getting wet. I have resorted to covering roof components with plastic to see if it stops. Today I have covered the entire door.

To date I have caulked the seams and redid the caulking for the door brow. I plan to replace the skylight and front fan but they don't seem to be the source as they were covered and still got it. Pics below. The black plastic was my original attempt. The clear is what I put up tonight. Gonna rain tomorrow we'll see. Any thoughts or anyone have a similar experience??Click image for larger version

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Old 10-27-2015, 04:17 PM   #2
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Ours was leaking along the trim at the bottom about floor level. I removed the whole piece from the wheel well to the door and sealed everything. I drilled out old rivets and put new ones in. The trim had been removed before and several rivet holes were left open. A lot of water came in where the top of the trim was not sealed or had pulled away. Doesn't take much.
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Old 10-27-2015, 05:31 PM   #3
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I would be checking around the windows next to your dinette . or the leak could be coming from up above and following down one of the ribs .
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Old 10-27-2015, 05:52 PM   #4
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Check the A/C gasket. I had a leak there that ended up just about the same place as you. Also check the rivets or screws holding your awning. You may also have several rivets leaking a small amount each. Capt Tolleys works great on the rivets. Good luck!! Chris
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:25 PM   #5
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Also check the rail where the awning is attached. That rivet line could need some attention.
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Old 10-27-2015, 10:08 PM   #6
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X2 on awning rail.
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Old 10-28-2015, 12:44 AM   #7
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Hmmm never thought about behind the moulding down bottom. I did seal the tops so any water will run over I'll have to pull that out and start sealing.

I checked the ac. It's possible but I don't think it's from there. I did seal the windows from the trim to the body but not the trim to the glass. Maybe I can investigate that too.

I've been trying to just find it stopped after I covered something up to narrow it down but seems everything I try hasn't worked. The fabric on the dinette is pretty rough now but if I can find and stop the leak I can live with it for a while.

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Old 10-28-2015, 02:25 AM   #8
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when the rail was added they used standard pop rivet's with no calking under rail and the water runs through the rivet's. nice---Not
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Old 10-28-2015, 05:08 AM   #9
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Ditto the awning rail as this is commonly overlooked. I would suggest you look at the antenna base and antenna travel rest bracket too. You may consider rigging up a leak test system if all else fails.

Water traverses the path of least restriction and may be entering the rig far away from the point where we are able to detect moisture inside.

Exterior visual inspection and routine resealing are part of our Spring and Fall maintenance. Any hole or penetration in the skin of an RV is a potential leak source.

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Old 10-28-2015, 07:17 AM   #10
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Check where the awning rail ends at the front dome seam. Lots of trailers have the rivet that would be under the rail, missing but the hole is still there. Pry it up a little and you will see the caulking has dried out and there is an open hole.
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Old 10-28-2015, 11:55 AM   #11
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Check your rivets for a loose or missing one. It only takes one.
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Old 10-28-2015, 01:57 PM   #12
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In my case it was a cracked lens of the outdoor spot light causing the seeming door leak. Good luck!
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Old 10-28-2015, 07:20 PM   #13
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If all else fails, remove the front window stone guards and caulk the entire front wrap-around window frame and particularly caulk the glass against the aluminum frame. Caulk the top side of your running lights leaving a small drain hole on the bottom of the light frame. Check the lens gaskets on the running lights.
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Old 10-28-2015, 07:24 PM   #14
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Found mine in the front curbside corner of the skylight. Replaced with a wonderful maxim skylight. The missing rivet front of awning is real under awning rail. By the way I found the skylight leak by some damp insulation. Now I have sealed everything. No leaks. You will find it...really you will.

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