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Old 03-13-2014, 05:23 PM   #1
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Failed seal between cab and cab over bunk 2012 3011 DSF

I had a nasty surprise when I pulled the RV out of storage for the first trip of the year. The bed over the bunk was soaked from the bottom up, there was white mold growing and the area under the bed was a lake. The roof and sides were leak free. It probably happened within the last month. At last check that bed was dry. Thankfully I'm still in the last month of my warranty. However, I need to know where to go to get this repair done right. I am not above flat towing the toad and leaving the rig at the factory for repar if that is indeed possible. Unfortunately I freaked when I found the water and mopped up what I could so all that's left of the water is what is perking up through the trim and running down the side of the rig.
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:24 PM   #2
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That last picture is of the water running down the front of the rig. It really didn't come out.
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:59 AM   #3
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I don't see how the seal between the cab roof and cab over bunk can leak unless you are driving in a storm. My guess it's more likely you have a leaking window or roof that is running down the wall and accumulating on the bunk floor. Unless you are there when it is raining you wouldn't see any water on the wall since it will evaporate soon after the rain stops. Any joints between the cab cap and bottom edge of the over cab area could also be possible but I would expect it to be visible upon close inspection. Windows can leak if not fully closed and locked especially if the coach is not level when stored.
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Old 03-14-2014, 11:14 AM   #4
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After I calmed down a bit I went around the rig again and spotted the culprit. The seal that joins the front and side of the coach has failed while the rig was in storage. It appears to have contracted or shrunk and pulled out of the groove. The area above the cab is soaked to the point that water is still perking up through the wood. I'm guessing that the area will need to be taken apart, dried and redone. It's under warranty so I'm not upset. I was more upset about the possibility of not getting to camp during the kids spring break. Even with a failed seal we are on site and enjoying ourselves. I'm just working on drying things out as best I can and looking for a way to temporarily seal the failure without causing problems for the permanent fix. Ideas?
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Old 03-14-2014, 04:06 PM   #5
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The seal pictured is a cosmetic piece to cover the screw heads. Unfortunately I don't think it is the root of your problem.
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Old 03-14-2014, 11:08 PM   #6
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I agree. My 3170 trim has done the same thing. Just the vinyl shrinking. I bet all sunseekers have this problem. If dealer does not replace, I will. The reason I say this is my 3170 sits out and had a lot of snow on the roof. No leaks. I am always checking. You could have failed seal around the front clearance lights. Just a thought.
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:02 AM   #7
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That trim is not the cause. I suggest you get up on the roof and inspect the fiberglass cap metal trim strip on the roof transition, the marker lights, and the left/right junction of the roof to the front cap. Also, isn't there a roof vent over that area, was it open or cracked?
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:29 AM   #8
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As for fixing, if you don't mind going to Elkhart, IN, try to get in contact with Dan Evans (devans@forestriverinc.com / (574) 206-7605) or Rick Black (rblack@forestriverinc.com / (574) 206-7602). I would say April Conner, but I'm not sure if she's still there. Her number was (574) 206-7603 and she originally handled our scheduling when we got our Forester repaired. Rick Black and Dan Evans took care of us once there. They even set us up in a very nice hotel for almost a week. This facility is right across from the Forester plant and they will definitely take care of you.
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Old 03-16-2014, 03:34 PM   #9
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Well second round of inspections lead to finding a seal failure between the front cap and the roof. It was a shock since the roof was inspected and sound prior to storing for the winter. The pics below are before a reseal done by a mobile repair shop so I wouldn't accidentally void my warranty. The water was traced down to a light fixture that emptied out onto the bed. Water is still seeping out of cracks so I know that there are problems under the surface. Thank you for the contact info.
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Old 03-16-2014, 04:48 PM   #10
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Sorry HappyGuy this seal is the one I suspected. I caught mine before it ever leaked, it "popped" during my trip to the southwest (which was bone dry, thank God). I always recheck seals after a long trip. Anyways, I did a full 4" strip of Eternabond on that exact seal and on the left/right where is curves over the side. I also did 6" back on either side on the horizontal surface because water pools in that area. Once repaired, I suggest Eternabond, it comes in colors.
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