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Old 01-26-2011, 07:55 PM   #1
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Mystery Door Leak - Help Needed

I have a difficult leak at my entry door. Each time it rains the plywood at the base of the hinge side of the door is wet. I have sealed the exterior of the shell to the door frame all around. I removed the interior skin on the hinge side of the door and there is no water inside the wall there or laying in the base channel. Is there anyone who has solved this mystery before and could lend some advise? Could the water be coming in the hinges somehow? I'm not sure where else to look? Please help.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:57 PM   #2
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How is the rubber gasket on the door, is it in good shape?
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:11 PM   #3
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The rubber gasket is not in great shape but I dont see any water in between the door and the frame that would be attributed to gasket failure. It seems like it is somehow between the door frame and the rib directly next to the frame.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:14 PM   #4
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Well, if you are sure it's not coming around the door, look higher up on the trailer. Water can come in higher and travel down between the inner and outer skin and show up on the floor.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:18 PM   #5
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I have the center panel that runs the length of the trailer removed...the skylight is dry?!
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I had a very similar leak. The bottom corner of our dinette which is just to the left as you enter the trailer would be damp after a rain. I sealed all the seams and around the door frame to no avail. Even though the frame appeared dry, I changed both the gasket on the frame and the gasket on the door with new ones from Inland RV. It has been dry every since and we have had some big rains in the Atlanta area since. It still doesn't make sense to me since I never actually saw the moisture penetration point, but changing both door seals (I did them at the same time, so can't say which did the trick) stopped the leak.
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i had a leak in the same place that ran from the skylight to the door area on the inside of the skin. look carefully to rule it out.
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The drip cap over the door is screwed to the door frame. Check the sealing between the cap and frame and the screws themselves. Another spot right at the door is the over the door light. It sits over the top edge of the door frame unless you removed this light base and resealed the door frame there it may be leaking there and also laeking around the three mounting screws for the light base. Farther over head will be the bracket for the TV antenna. The leaks could be flowing down the shell from that point to the door frame and then running down to the floor.
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Good thought on the drip cap and lights. I'll pull those out this weekend and seal. I dont think it could be anything in the center area of the roof...with the center panel removed anything leaking there would be dripping directly down on the floor.

Looking closer at the door frame I am wondering if the frame is two-piece and the water is somehow between the two sections? I say this because I have the interior skin off on the hinge side of the door. There is no moisture visible in the next to the door frame or in the track that the ribs sit in.
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can you duplicate the leak using a water hose? start from the highest point first and work down.
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Our skylight was cracked, leaked both directions, seal appeared okay but plastic was cracked. zz
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can you duplicate the leak using a water hose? start from the highest point first and work down.
The problem is that I can never see any water...no drip from above & nothing running down the skin. All I find is damp plywood when it rains. The water appears to be sneaking in the door frame somewhere and wicking into the plywood. I think once I seal the drip cap and light I will do the hose test. But I will probably start from the bottom and work my way up.
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The problem is that I can never see any water...no drip from above & nothing running down the skin. All I find is damp plywood when it rains. The water appears to be sneaking in the door frame somewhere and wicking into the plywood. I think once I seal the drip cap and light I will do the hose test. But I will probably start from the bottom and work my way up.
I agree . Srart from the bottom. Sal.
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