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Old 03-30-2005, 03:53 PM   #15
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Several other threads mention how leaks can travel for several feet before they appear on the inside. Cover the area you suspect may be the source of the problem then check after the next rain. If it still leaks, move the cover to the next adjacent suspect area. Apparently TV antennas, A/C shroud covers, Fan vents, and waste pipe vents are favorite areas for leaks to start.

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Old 03-31-2005, 07:32 AM   #16
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Rain in NY

While we're still on this subject...I discovered a leak in the front of my 88 Excella a few days ago. After removing the couch and front carpet I discovered that the PO had replaced a section of the front flooring, the same spot that is wet again!


I pulled the wet insulation from under the section of floor I removed. Water is running down the interior skin in several places (I might have several leaks). This morning I put a tarp over the front end (it's going to rain hard in NY today) to keep more water from entering. I'm just trying to dry out.

Do I need to remove the interior skin? Will it dry out without removing it?
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:51 AM   #17
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I'm concerned with the same thing. Before I go ahead and put in new floors, carpet, etc. I want to make sure that the leaks are fixed. I would be curious to know how often people seal their trailers. I see this as an ongoing struggle that is just part of ownership. I plan on having a tube or two of each in my tool box!

I was not planning on removing the inner skin, so let me know what you were planning on doing also.
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Leak via rusted lamp Fixture?

This may be one of my problems. Has anyone a clue how to fix this? The lens is ok, but the socket is bad news.
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I'm concerned with the same thing. Before I go ahead and put in new floors, carpet, etc. I want to make sure that the leaks are fixed. I would be curious to know how often people seal their trailers. I see this as an ongoing struggle that is just part of ownership. I plan on having a tube or two of each in my tool box!

I was not planning on removing the inner skin, so let me know what you were planning on doing also.
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The Vulkem and Parbond have a theoretical life span of approximately 20 years, I figure if I clean out the old caulk and do a complete reseal every 10-12 years I should be okay. I consider it part of preventive maintinence to check the caulk every year and renew what ever is suspect. My biggest issue is the owners that use silicone, why oh why do they sell that stuff

One of my biggest leaks was the plumbing vents, I would redo those ASAP with new gaskets and screens. Followed by resealing the windows frames, then the belt line and low "banding" by then you should have it under control. and then the fun of replacing window and door gaskets begins

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This may be one of my problems. Has anyone a clue how to fix this? The lens is ok, but the socket is bad news.
Looks like a little creative reconstructive surgery. That is a good candidate for your leak path! Is that silicone around the other lens?
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This may be one of my problems. Has anyone a clue how to fix this? The lens is ok, but the socket is bad news.
I am not positive, but IIRC if you remove the aluminum housing you will find that is a standard truck light fixture behind the housing and can be easily replaced, BTW I see the sillycone in the picture, you will need to remove ALLLLLL of it before any thing else will stick.

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Thanks for the ideas and yes the PO LOVED Silicon it seems.
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Thanks for the ideas and yes the PO LOVED Silicon it seems.
Might want to stock up on this

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Awning Bracket Mounts

More places for leaks.... These brackets are also loose. Should I remove and remount? or wait for them to fall off while under sail? I still can't figure out how to setup the awning!
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More places for leaks.... These brackets are also loose. Should I remove and remount? or wait for them to fall off while under sail? I still can't figure out how to setup the awning!
A couple of questions (maybe I missed it, above). Are you planning to remove your interior skins? If you do, you will probably find (as I have) lots of things to worry about. I have all of mine out now, and I'm finding small leaks in lots of places. The only major leak I have found is around one of the running lights on the front. A few pics..... My awning mounts are rough looking, like yours, but unbelievably, they don't leak. They will have to be addressed as part of the rebuild. Good Luck.

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