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Old 04-03-2011, 07:43 PM   #1
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Leak in Refrigerator Outside Compartment

My 77 Excella 500 has the refrigerator just aft of the entry door. Despite sealing everything up top and the door, I'm still getting water on the plywood in the front right corner of the compartment. I felt the wall to see if water is running down from above and it is dry. While washing the rig yesterday I did some testing and found that the awning rail has a drain opening directly above this area between the entry door and fridge access door and the water just pours down that area. I also noticed that the banana wrap adjacent to the step seems to collect alot of water and funnels it underneath the trailer. I peeked inside the banana wrap area aft of the step assembly and the wrap is wet in there. I see some factory insulation in there as well and I'm wondering if the insulation is wicking the moisture and transferring it to the plywood floor above? Has anyone encountered a similar situation?
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Old 04-03-2011, 07:57 PM   #2
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The fact that the insulation is wet probably means that the frame is staying wet for quite a while after a rainfall.

Sounds to me that it would be worthwhile to change where the awning rail drains...
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I'm trying to figure a way to prevent the water from getting behind the banana wrap. There is a gap behind the bottom of the entry door frame and the banana wrap. I'm going to caulk that gap and see if that prevents the water from getting inside there. I agree that the awning rail drain is not in an ideal location, but I will have to wait on that until I need a new awning. There appear to be 3 of these openings in the awning rail to let water drain through.
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