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Old 03-27-2010, 09:17 AM   #1
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Leaking water weight

I started thinking last night (yes, my wife was surprised) about all of the posts regarding leaking vent stacks. If your vent has been leaking for some time, the insulation both around the vent and further down into the walls is most likely wet. This could be a lot of extra weight to be hauling around with your trailer.

Does anyone have any idea of how much it could be. With our 34' Excella, using a weight of 8.35lbs (3.79 Kilos) per US gallon it adds up fast!
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My guess would be that if the vent leak has been rectified, after a few warm days, that water would have dried up and drained out the bottom. there are enough ways for water to leave from the walls, it should be sealed in there. Though some of the ways out will probably include inside the AS unfortunately.

The other thing is what shape the insulation is in if it was leaking for some time.
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The last thing to worry about is the weight. It is a featherweight burden compared with all the things water will do to your rig.
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Good point, Aviator. Add to that the weight of water that accumulates in the belly pan, (produced by condensation inside the walls).
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Good point, Aviator. Add to that the weight of water that accumulates in the belly pan, (produced by condensation inside the walls).
The underbelly water or moisture evaporates everyday, as long as the temperature is above freezing.

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As a newbie, I didn't realize it could drain into the belly and out from between the walls. Since the factory insulation is fiberglass, it won't absorb water (though it can retain it for some time). I had visions of my 9800# trailer weighed down with a hidden 1000# of water. It sounds from the above responses that shouldn't be the case.
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The underbelly water or moisture evaporates everyday, as long as the temperature is above freezing.

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maybe in California
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maybe in California
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