One of the most important things to us when it came to buying a trailer, was that everything be in working order, and there not be any bad problems not needing immediate repair. Uwe told me that the AGM battery in the trailer was getting old and should be replaced. He did however charge it before he brought it to New Mexico, and felt we could get another year out of it. On our 1st trip after getting it home, we noticed the lights flickering a lot, but thought nothing of it until it happened for the entire next day. After a few minutes with Westfalia's multimeter, we figured out that the lights were dimming due to the charge wizard turning on. The battery was only holding a 12v
charge for around 20-30 seconds before the drop was enough to turn the charge wizard on. Not in the market for a $400 battery, I was able to located an Optima blue top series 34 AGM for $100. I know that many people don't like these batteries, but after having one in the last trailer, we really like them. The new battery hooked up with no issues and voila...power issue solved.
Three weeks ago, we were hit with a huge amount of rainfall on a camping trip that left us with a very large amount of water inside the trailer. This was a shocker to us as we didn't notice any water infiltration during our trip back to Texas from New Mexico despite it raining every night. Perhaps it was just that the amount of rain was so much that it finally made it through. Contributing to the issue was that there was no real gasket on the rear hatch. I remedied this by adding a side by side layer of D gasket from Lowes before testing.
Owning a Seal Tech Leak testing machine is a wonderful thing. The only problem was that the machine was up in Harker Heights being used at Top's Texas Vintage Trailers. Last weekend I was able to get it back, and today I finally had a chance to do the test. I cannot say I am surprised by what I found, but I did not expect this when Uwe reported no water infiltration, and we had no water during our return trip.
The full album of pictures can be seen here
, but I have posted some good ones.
Between window frames
Around water heater
Rear window from both corners and both lights
Rear curbside window
During the rain we had a large amount of rain enter from the jalousie window, but I really cannot find an exact point from which the water in entering into the window. It fills up the frame and spills down the wall. Anyone have any thoughts on how to fix this?