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Old 07-30-2011, 07:12 PM   #1
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In the photo, below the fuse box on the left side you can see a mass of wires coming out from the wall. This would be under the rear bath sink on a 79 Argosy 27' against the rear wall, road side. During heavy rains water will drip from these wires. I have sealed everything I can see on the outside. Any advice where these wires could be picking up the water and channeling in to the inside? Fortunately so far the floor damage is localized and won't be a hard fix, as I already have the belly pan in this area dropped as I am renewing all plumbing. Pardon my pic if it doesn't show, I still don't really have this figured out.
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In the photo, below the fuse box on the left side you can see a mass of wires coming out from the wall. This would be under the rear bath sink on a 79 Argosy 27' against the rear wall, road side. During heavy rains water will drip from these wires. I have sealed everything I can see on the outside. Any advice where these wires could be picking up the water and channeling in to the inside? Fortunately so far the floor damage is localized and won't be a hard fix, as I already have the belly pan in this area dropped as I am renewing all plumbing. Pardon my pic if it doesn't show, I still don't really have this figured out.
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Check the sewer vent pipe cover gaskets. They only last 2 to 3 years.

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Old 07-30-2011, 08:26 PM   #3
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Thanks for the comeback Andy. I just did that this evening. The rubber around it was shot, but plenty of good caulking under it, at least it didn't look like it could leak. I cleaned it off anyway and have some Proflex curing around it tonight.
By the way, I've noticed on many questions, some were mine, you are always there with great help/advice. From me, and for everyone, Thank you!! A pros advice is always great to have!
I wish I was within range of your shop.
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Thanks for the comeback Andy. I just did that this evening. The rubber around it was shot, but plenty of good caulking under it, at least it didn't look like it could leak. I cleaned it off anyway and have some Proflex curing around it tonight.
By the way, I've noticed on many questions, some were mine, you are always there with great help/advice. From me, and for everyone, Thank you!! A pros advice is always great to have!
I wish I was within range of your shop.
Thanks for the kind words.

Your not too far away.

Maine is still in the USA.

And so is California, at least for the time being. You know, politics, earthquakes.

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There are drains relieved into the sewer vents castings, the water collected on top of the gasket has to drain somewhere. The little weep holes get filled with debris very easily.
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There are drains relieved into the sewer vents castings, the water collected on top of the gasket has to drain somewhere. The little weep holes get filled with debris very easily.
When the sewer vent pipe gasket ages out, in 2 to 3 years, the water "also" goes around the black pipe, and into the walls or closet.

Then the real trouble starts.

While drain holes in the covers help, they are not a cure or fix.

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I cleaned off the area around the pipe, caulked with Proflex, put on new screen on top of pipe and caulked the screw holes as I put new screws in. I did not put a rubber gasket, and this left a space between the vent cap and camper body, which helps drain off the water. At least that's my hope, gave it a good hose test tdoay and no leaks discovered anywhere, but I think this will be a good place to put on the list for a yearly check out.
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I cleaned off the area around the pipe, caulked with Proflex, put on new screen on top of pipe and caulked the screw holes as I put new screws in. I did not put a rubber gasket, and this left a space between the vent cap and camper body, which helps drain off the water. At least that's my hope, gave it a good hose test tdoay and no leaks discovered anywhere, but I think this will be a good place to put on the list for a yearly check out.
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Airstream shells "flex" when traveling.

That's the reason for a gasket that flexes.

I don't think just a sealer will do the job.

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Once again, thanks Andy, I've done too many house roofs and too few campers. Never thought of that, I shall get one.
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