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Old 08-02-2013, 09:28 AM   #1
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Water in basement- fyi

I recently have been having water on both sides of my basement area after driving thru heavy rains. From the fresh water tank forward. I have added gasket material to all the doors hoping it would stop the leaking. Yesterday I got caught in another bad storm. Got home and had standing water in all bays again. I was able to trace it to missing foam sealer from the factory. So I thought I would share with everyone in case you have this problem or would like to just check. If you are at the duals look in the fender well toward the front. You will see the frame rails that go into the basement area. On my coach both sides only had half this area sealed. I was able to stick my hand into the basement area from the lack of sealing. After seeing this it looks like the water ran on the frame rails. They were dripping with water. So I sealed it up and hope this has it fixed. Just FYI check your coach and make sure yours is sealed up.
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:47 AM   #2
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I had a similar problem but with a mouse in the pass through bay. I emptied out the bay and crawled in and spray foamed around the frame rails and sealed what ever other opening I could find.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:36 AM   #3
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I had a similar problem but with a mouse in the pass through bay. I emptied out the bay and crawled in and spray foamed around the frame rails and sealed what ever other opening I could find.
I didn't even think about mice. Make sure to double check your foam at the back of wet bay. That's were mine had a huge gap.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:16 PM   #4
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Thanks a lot!! I've had both probs--the mice and the water. I haven't been able to crawl under there yet, but I'm guessing that's my problem too.
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Thanks a lot!! I've had both probs--the mice and the water. I haven't been able to crawl under there yet, but I'm guessing that's my problem too.
I also found the front had huge gaps also. Under front axle just behind fuel tank. You will see the frame rails go in. Same problem as the rear only half was sealed. I just went thru 2 cans of foam checking and resealing everything. I sure hope this works.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:09 PM   #6
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I use the spray foam that doesn't taste good mice so they wouldn't chew through it. Got it at Home Depot. Why Forest River didn't seal it to begin with is beyond me.
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I wonder if it needs flexibility for the frame there, although I can't imagine it needing much room to flex.
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:23 PM   #8
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I wonder if it needs flexibility for the frame there, although I can't imagine it needing much room to flex.
I can understand not tightly fitting the wood around the frame as there might be a little movement.
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:40 PM   #9
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I can understand not tightly fitting the wood around the frame as there might be a little movement.
I agree. But to be able to fit my entire hand in seem like to much. The foam will give it some flex but it was obvious they just missed half the area they should have sealed on both frame rails front and back.
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I agree. But to be able to fit my entire hand in seem like to much. The foam will give it some flex but it was obvious they just missed half the area they should have sealed on both frame rails front and back.

In visiting the factory, I got the impression that each worker did things the way HE wanted to do it; in other words there was no "official" checklist or inspection done until the very end.

Therefore if worker A filled the cracks on coach ONE and worker B filled the cracks on coach TWO, there was no guarantee that they would be done the same. Same if you were having a "sticks and bricks" house built by a contractor.

I'd guess you were just unlucky enough to get a worker that wasn't quite as conscientious as he could have been or hell, maybe his can of foam just went empty!!

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