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Old 11-28-2002, 05:24 AM   #1
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Just wanted to relate a water leak problem and, the final cure~ (if there's ever such a thing?)
This problem goes back to day one of purchase'in the unit.
Soon after I had left the PO's home, I drove thru NM's wonderful countryside. Upon nearing the end of my travel in NM, I came upon a large truck wash station. Thought it would be nice to clean the unit for the rest of the drive home..Right? It was after that washdown that I had discovered "water" in my unit. Puzzled but, determine to push on. Later that night at my first stop, I spend some amount of time cleaning it up. This was floor level in the rear, next to the rearwindow. Made a mental point to look into it after the trip.

Now I wanta say upfront that, this problem is no reflection on the PO, as he lives in TX, and hardly ever see rain in his location. That being said.~!
Over the course of several yrs, this problem would crop up from time to time. Each time, I went to work, cleaning it up and trying my best to find the source of this leak. It wasn't until just last weekend, FINALLY...The source of this water leak was finally nailed down~!
Red faced but, wiser now..The weekend before last when we went down to winterize the unit, my wife found the scatter rug slightly damp up front. Now this was really odd~! And something new. Okay, I figured that A/S had somehow screwed up in the installation of our new Fantastic Fan upfront. The leak was right under it. Since it was a beautiful weekend with no rain, I couldn't verify this source. Before leaving the unit agian, I placed one of my large storage bin under the Fantastic Fan to catch any water, should it come in.
This past weekend, I drove down to check on things. There was abt an inch of water in the bin~! Okay, now we're getting somewhere because at the same time..the rear was now completely dry. Both the time before and, still dry this time around. I didn't have much time as I had to get back to NH ahead of bad weather coming in. I called a local RV mobile repair shop(WILLIAMSRV MOBILE SERVICE) www.williamsrv.com and, made arrangements with them to come out to see what they could do. The next day, I get a fone call that, he had found the problem. The problem had been caused by a hole in the seal for the TV ant~! Previously, the water went to the back and down to the floor. Now with the new Fantastic Fan, it had a new route to take, hence the water upfront.
With this now sealed, the owner of the repair shop will be checking it for at least two or three times to make sure that, it's finally licked! Talk abt first rate service. I'll post his name and number for those of you who are in the Tidewater area.(Don't have it on me right now) But it deserves to be added here~!! Note the update on his website.
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Old 11-28-2002, 08:56 AM   #2
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I had a similar situation in my previous SOB. My couch was getting wet, so I caulked above the couch. Then, the ceiling light started to fill with water each rain. I caulked above the ceiling light with spray foam. Then, I started to get drips on my galley counter under a vent. I caulked around the vent. Then, it started to drip in the hall. I finally found that the screws on the rear vent had extruded themselves through the plastic flange of the vent. The source was almost 20 feet from the couch where I first found the water. A wiring channel in the ceiling had been transporting the water.

Each time, I had climbed on the roof and examined the area near the leak and found nothing.
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Old 11-28-2002, 02:07 PM   #3
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John, thanks for your input and, sharing..it's this type of exchange of info that makes it possible for others to figure it out..(in time)...You have found out as I did, you just have to stay with it till..
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