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Old 03-08-2019, 03:13 PM   #1
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Odd Tan/Brown Liquid Running Down Wall

I've had a ton of troubles with service and my 2017 FC 23D. However, my warranty is up this month, and I'm about to pick it up from service. I've been trying to figure out what this brown/tan liquid is that runs down my walls, usually towards the front of the rig, and it seems that my local service cannot figure it out either. It did end up leaving a MASSIVE stain on a front drape, however, and they will do their best to warranty that out while I still can. Any ideas? I'm thinking that it's some sort of glue, but I suspect that would mean I have (another) leak.

Ideas? I'm attempting to embrace the idea of DIY fixes now that my warranty is up instead of fretting over all the things that have and could go wrong! Thanks in advance for all ideas!
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Old 03-08-2019, 03:18 PM   #2
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No idea. Some hunches...

Condensation?

A leak - the insulation in that year is a brown colored fiber. If you have a leak somewhere, perhaps itís pulling some of the brown from the insulation?

Have you had it pressure tested for leaks? Seal-tek or whatever itís called. If youíre currently under warranty and it ends this month - send pics and an email to AS factory and put in the claim today. If they canít get to it for months - thatís ok - you timed in....


Good luck!!
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Old 03-08-2019, 03:27 PM   #3
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Agree that its possibly from the insulation as a result of a leak.
Possibly a marker light? or the window frame?
I had a leak where the middle window and the pano window butt together, it showed up at the floor though.
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Old 03-08-2019, 03:32 PM   #4
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Thank you both, that's what I feared. I will send in these images for warranty just in case. That's a great idea. I'm picking it back up and hopefully they found the culprit this time. I will say, I was more than furious when I found out that my perfectly adhered flexible solar panels leaked because some fine technician drilled when I requested NOT to and that they only connect the wires from the top business to the batteries. Though in that case, it was very clearly pouring clear water inside all of my walls - ruining perfectly good electronic panels in the process!
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Old 03-08-2019, 04:29 PM   #5
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I have this too. In my case it is ciser to front of trailer. This may sound strange, but what does it smell like? I use my nose alot, since I have a lot of nose. To me me its kind of a metalic/blood smell. Bottom line, there is probably a leak somewhere and its picking up stuff/smell from what ever is in its path
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Old 03-08-2019, 04:48 PM   #6
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Good point! I do the very same thing, and it’s metallic smelling, a bit like blood! That’s funny, my girlfriend thinks I’m weird for smelling everything and associating it to something else! Also, darn these leaks...
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You have water stained curtains. Find and seal the leak and wash the curtains in Oxyclean.
Been there and done that!!
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Old 03-09-2019, 10:35 AM   #8
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I’ll agree with the possibility of condensation or leak. As for the curtains, we have hand washed our 20-year old curtains with OxyClean and mild detergent, air dry then iron, and they look beautiful! Hope that might be a solution for you. Sorry for your woes... ☹️
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Dead body from the factory. Call the factory and see if someone is missing .
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hahaha Carl just never learned...
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Oxyclean, I didn't think of that! Any tricks to avoiding curtain shrink, aside from hang-drying?!
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From the look of the pictures, it appears the source of the wetness on the curtains came from below; the type of stain appears to be from wicking moisture from the bottom rather than something running down from the top.

Also, since the cushions are tan, I wonder if the curtains are wicking some wetness from them or from a leak in the window?

To check for a leak, you might want to have someone inside while you power wash the exterior. Check the window seals particularly. To trace the source of the leak, you also might want to tape some brown paper towels around the seams; the brown paper towels will immediately show any wet spots that might occur.

I know in my trailer, condensation will gather on the walls, if it evaporates, it leaves a brownish residue. If it gets to the point of running down the walls, brown streaks will form. I notice this in particular in the spring after winter storage. Whenever I clean the walls (mine are covered in zolatone) I pick up brownish dirt. I don't know why it's brown, perhaps it's just dirt in the air, or maybe some residual cooking particulates?

Hope this helps, let us know what you discover.
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Hand washing in cold water and air drying works great!
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Hand washing in cold water and air drying works great!
Dont forget the awning supports as a leak source.
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