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Old 02-17-2007, 12:20 PM   #1
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waterleak on floor

I have a 1975 Argosy. I was pulling up carpet to install bamboo laminate flooring in my trailer and noticed water stains on the wood flooring 2 to 3 ft. on either side of my door and also in the dinette area. After searching I'm sure there are more water spots throughout trailer! I'm in the process of replacing over 8 ft. of plywood where dinette goes and by front door. The water is only at base of wall at floor level. Trailer is covered with tarp 1/3 of the way all around. I haven't put new subfloor down yet. I've caulked all rivets, trim, awning brackets, tightened bolts on awning and when it rains just a little bit, I see water dripping on the inside of wall sheating onto skin covering under trailer. Do I have put new rivets in trim? Does anyone have ideas about sealing trim to stop water from getting in my trailer onto floor? I'm desperate. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-17-2007, 12:48 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear of water leaks, but you're sooo not alone... There is only one "General Theory of Water-Leakivity" and it states that water will try to go from wet to dry and will always obey the greater laws of gravity and momentum...

You should really try searching and reading threads with key words like water + leak(s) + seal etc... There are a number of stories with some pictures and detailed advice on stopping water leaks...

That said, the process is generally along these lines:

1. Find out where the water is getting in.. (Hoses, smoke, pressure testing are all useful options..) Leak has to be somewhere above and with path downwards to where water is discovered... May be more than one source.. Roof vents, Air Conditioner gaskets, running lights and TV antennas are often good alternate entry points...
2. Use proper sealant to make it stay out (NO Silicone, but potentially lots of Vulkem or Sikaflex or other poly sealants)
3. It may require rubber parts like door or window seals also
4. Then fix damaged areas of wood, etc


In Theory, there's no difference between Theory and Practice, but in Practice, there is usually a difference...
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Old 02-17-2007, 02:41 PM   #3
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Hello.. Yes, do put parbon or silkaflex above the beltline and especially above the rub rail.. also another place is the tv antenna.. have removed them from the past 2 Argosys we have had...
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Old 02-18-2007, 08:03 AM   #4
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Thank you. I will show these replies to my husband and get back to you.
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