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Old 05-25-2020, 05:45 PM   #1
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2013 Flying Cloud 25 - Hard rain, leaks in a couple places

So this is week 2 of fulltiming in this trailer, and everything has been great up until last night when it rained super hard here in Austin and I found leaks coming in several places:
  • Dripping from the AC, which I at first thought was just a condensation overload, but apparently not
  • Little rivulets coming from an interior panel seam above the stove
  • Tiny amount of dripping from the shower light fixture
  • SOMEWHERE in the bedroom, nothing visible at all in the ceiling but the middle of the floor was wet somehow

I am bringing it into the dealer next week anyway to have them give it a "once-over." Is there someplace I can start looking now from this constellation of places that I can temporarily cover with roof tape or something?
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Old 05-25-2020, 07:35 PM   #2
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Check the tank vent stacks

Starkruzr, we had a similar experience where water dripped from the ceiling seam over the toilet. It turned out to be coming from the tank stack vent. There’s a funnel as part of the top cap that is supposed to be glued into the cap. Ours was just set in the vent pipe so any water coming sideways would leak around the stack pipe and into the ceiling. It only would happen during hard, sideways rains.

I documented how I fixed it here.

Yours may be coming from somewhere else but I would check the two tank stacks.

Good luck with your repair!
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Old 05-25-2020, 08:06 PM   #3
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Water can travel a fair distance along the inside skin so a level to estimate where "uphill" is helps. Small leaks can come from loose rivets, larger leaks generally from a vent, solar electrical box or antenna. Since you're taking it in just use painters tape to tape the seams of the roof penetrations uphill from the leak spot.
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Old 05-25-2020, 08:19 PM   #4
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In just our second season camping in our new trailer, I've had 6 leaks so far. Two of them were really sneaky to find, and were due to issues with bad windows seals. In both cases, the evidence of water intrusion was quite some distance from the actual leaky spots. The leaks were found when the service center performed a positive pressure leak test of the whole trailer. If you don't find the leak(s) in the normal spots, start checking window seals.
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Old 05-25-2020, 08:51 PM   #5
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Time for a reseal

Your AS is a 2013. If it has not had a "reseal" since new it is past due. Take it to an AS dealer that can do a pressure test. That should show where the leaks are from and go from there.

Every 5 years is the normal time for a reseal. All the caulking on the roof should be inspected and sealed where needed. All rivets may need an application of "Captain Tolleys" sealer to seal rivet leaks. AS are not maintenance free.
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Old 05-25-2020, 10:53 PM   #6
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Thanks, everyone. I've put a tarp over everything aft of the AC and leaned her toward the bow a bit -- I figure this way I'll be able to figure out pretty fast if it's the AC itself that's the problem. It's supposed to pour again tonight, so, fingers crossed.
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Old 05-26-2020, 05:23 AM   #7
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Also FYI, I've been reading/hearing about leaks for a year now and have not run across a leak developing at the seal of the AC that was not leaking from the beginning much. It's a possibility but it is less common than the vents, fans, skylight, antenna, electrical boxes, etc.

Have seen several AC cover cracks and leaks from that.
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Not so much as a reply as a request for information. We recently purchased a 2004 25' airstream that does exhibit signs of past water intrusion. Staining of the rear window curtains and curbside wall at the parting area of the upper and lower rear/side interior trim at the mating line. We have not been in any rain as yet and are using it for the first time on the road, just left AZ where it has been very dry and triple digit temps. So my question is, does anyone know of weak points of this year where we should watch or check?
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Old 05-26-2020, 12:56 PM   #9
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Keep a check on your drain line from the ac. I developed a leak that would drip at the seam over the toilet and also at the end of the same seam over the couch. Everything had been resealed and the only place where water could come in was around the ac. After removing all the inside of ac I could not determine any leaks. After checking the drain pan I ran a weed eater line from the top of the line towards the bottom. Made it all the way but about the last foot. I went outside and ran a wire up until the stoppage was freed up. The line from inside was free to pass thru. It looked like a mud dobber or something had filled it up. Since then no problem with the water leak. I think it backed up and overflowed out of the drip pan into the ceiling.
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Not so much as a reply as a request for information. We recently purchased a 2004 25' airstream that does exhibit signs of past water intrusion. Staining of the rear window curtains and curbside wall at the parting area of the upper and lower rear/side interior trim at the mating line. We have not been in any rain as yet and are using it for the first time on the road, just left AZ where it has been very dry and triple digit temps. So my question is, does anyone know of weak points of this year where we should watch or check?
Sometimes what appears to be a leak is condensation, i.e., stained curtains....
People that use the stove a lot in their camper get lots of condensation.....not that there are not plenty of places for leaks to occur !
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Old 05-26-2020, 04:29 PM   #11
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Well, update, it only rained a little and I still have no leaks visible. On Thursday I have a tech coming to take a look at things with me. I already have an appt with the dealer for NEXT Thursday, originally for a prep inspection, so between those two sets of work hopefully I'll be okay.
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