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Old 11-10-2005, 08:52 PM   #1
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Water in the arm rest

Can someone explain this phenomenon? I have a 1971 31 foot International, and sometimes, I find water pooled in the storage area inside the armrest. I can't figure out where the leak is. Has this happened to you?

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Old 11-10-2005, 08:59 PM   #2
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Can someone explain this phenomenon? I have a 1971 31 foot International, and sometimes, I find water pooled in the storage area inside the armrest. I can't figure out where the leak is. Has this happened to you?

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Uh, use a can cooler...
Which armrest, and where in the trailer is it located?
I am sure you know to put your head where the puddle is, and look straight up. Is there a Vista View window directly above the armrest? They are known to leak, although usually they leak internally (they fill with water).
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Old 11-10-2005, 08:59 PM   #3
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Are you talking about the storage are just inside the door? If so, I would check around the window just above the storage area. Water will run inside the wall and come out at a seam or at the floor. I had a leak in my TT and found it with a hose. I ran water on the outside at the lowest point it could be, then raised the hose to the next spot it could be. I ran a small stream for ten minutes at each possible location untill I located the leak. It can be a pain to do, but is very rewarding when you repair the leak.
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Old 11-10-2005, 09:14 PM   #4
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I have a 91 and had a leak in the same place. I had my as repair shop check it out. They said the front roadside window was once broken and whoever replaced it didn't install the gasket properly. They said the window was held in place mostly with vulcum. They resealed around the window, no more leak. I had to pass on the proper fix. Which would be to remove and replace. I wasn't ready for that $350.00 suprise. They can fix mine next trip. Now when it rains I just check it for leaks. Every time I move it, I have to reseal. I would check your window for leaks. Mabe trickle water from a hose, starting at the bottom and working up.Hope this helps
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Old 11-10-2005, 09:49 PM   #5
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Thanks! The water I found is in the armrest of the front couch, so I will check the windows in the area. Or else, I will buy a goldfish.....
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Old 11-10-2005, 11:34 PM   #6
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Silversurfer,
I have the same problem at both front armrests and the right rear corner. After resealing nearby windows without success, I did some checking at the exterior floor line and found that the side panel aluminum is tucked inside the underwrap pieces--this joint is mostly hidden from sight by the trim channel, but can be seen where the trim stops by the door or the water heater, etc. I(you have to look carefully). I think that the the water simply runs down the side and behind the trim strip, and then down behind the underwrap where it just puddles on the plywood. I'll have to test my theory in the spring as as winter's too close now.

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I found my front window was leaking at the seam between the window glass and the frame. The water would come in and go down behind the wall then appear in the floor.

The other possibility is the am/fm antenna mount. Mine is near that location although it was not my problem.
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We had evidence of a similar problem. End result??? Porch light was leaking. There was nothing left. Sealed it with vulkem and problem solved.
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Old 11-11-2005, 04:55 AM   #9
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Not easy to find where the leaks come from.
This last season, i've sealed all places I thought it was possible to accept water: all windows, antena, skydome, porch light, outside light, roof openings, A/C, ... all was inspected and I've found again water in the wall , in the bedroom and bathroom....

I'll inspect again and seal next season.

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Old 11-11-2005, 07:25 AM   #10
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hi all
I also have the same problem of water leaks indoor, towards the right wheels.
I made joint of the air conditioning and I waits rains to see the result.Because now she stays outside, I do not have a garage now.
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