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Old 12-24-2015, 02:59 PM   #71
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I ran a dehumidifier that was loaned to us by some friends, and it did collect about a gallon of water every two days, but I don't see how it will pull the water from between the walls.
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Old 12-24-2015, 04:04 PM   #72
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I'm going to throw this out as a preventive measure, especially to those who are buying new rigs...
We bought our Lexi used. It was ordered by original owner, and from day one was kept in a covered garage. He had it for one year, and made only one trip, and put it up for sale. We bought it. It had apparently not been exposed to inclement weather, and was like a new rig.
I had read numerous posts about leaks, and upon getting it home, did the following...
Gave the roof a good cleaning...wasen't dirty, but I wanted it clean.
Bought a dozen tubes of Dicor Self Leveling Caulk, two 50 ft rolls of 2" Eternabond tape and one 50 ft roll of 4" Eternabond tape.
Spent two days adding extra layers of the Dicor to all the seams where anything came up through the roof. Pulled the vinyl screw coverings off the side rails and laid a bead of Dicor down the entire channel, and reapplied the vinyl covers. This is important as there's no caulk or sealant there originally, just exposed screw heads. You would be shocked to see how little caulk or protection there is in some areas.
Used the 2" Eternabond and overlapped the entire length of both sides of the Lexi where the roof meets the side walls. Used the 4" Eternabond to cover the front and back cap seams where they meet the roof.
Wherever I found a screw, it got replaced by a stainless steel screw with a dab of Dicor covering it.
I removed all the front and rear clearence lights, cleaned up the area, and resealed them with a bead of Dicor.
Screws holding the rear ladder were taken out, replaced with stainless steel screws that had had the threads dipped in Dicor, and when remounted, covered with another dab of Dicor.
May seem like a bit of overkill, but in two years I've never found a drop of water inside. I still get up on the roof every other month or so to clean and check the caulk for cracks, but with a double layer haven't found any yet.
Once you get your rigs back from FR, I would suggest you take a long hard look at what can be done. May cost a few bucks, but never having to worry about leaks makes it well worth it.
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Old 12-24-2015, 04:16 PM   #73
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Wow! I was going to ask about things that can be done to prevent leaks ( more leaks). This is very industrious. It's not something I think I can do alone and I'm concerned about voiding my warranty by modifying this, especially replacing screws. Believe me I've been burning up gray matter thinking about how to improve the integrity of the roof.
One post said, these are low end rv's. I gave to laugh at that because I don't care if it cost $2.00 or $200,000, the integrity and quality control should be there.

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Old 12-24-2015, 04:21 PM   #74
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Wow! I was going to ask about things that can be done to prevent leaks ( more leaks). This is very industrious. It's not something I think I can do alone and I'm concerned about voiding my warranty by modifying this, especially replacing screws. Believe me I've been burning up gray matter thinking about how to improve the integrity of the roof.
One post said, these are low end rv's. I gave to laugh at that because I don't care if it cost $2.00 or $200,000, the integrity and quality control should be there.

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I have a low end/entry level TT and haven't had any issues with the roof which is 5 years old. The TT is stored outdoor in the CA sun all year round. I also have the annual services done regularly.

Got to agree that a new roof should not leak regardless of the price point.
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Old 12-24-2015, 04:32 PM   #75
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Wow! I was going to ask about things that can be done to prevent leaks ( more leaks). This is very industrious. It's not something I think I can do alone and I'm concerned about voiding my warranty by modifying this, especially replacing screws. Believe me I've been burning up gray matter thinking about how to improve the integrity of the roof.
One post said, these are low end rv's. I gave to laugh at that because I don't care if it cost $2.00 or $200,000, the integrity and quality control should be there.

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Buddy, your not going to void a warrenty by adding more caulk, or covering seams with Eternabond. As for replacing screws with stainless, if your worried, just cover the original screws with a dab of Dicor. Remember, after a year, your warranty is kaput, so you can do anything to it you want to.
As for doing it yourself...why not, unless your not able to physically. It's not hard, and not really that labor intensive. Just pick a few 70 degree days and get r done.
Dicor and Eternabond can be found on Amazon. I over bought the Dicor, but always keep a few tubes of both their self leveling and lap sealant on hand. Any left over Eternabond will keep a long time...it dosen't go bad.
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Old 12-24-2015, 04:54 PM   #76
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Most of the extended warranties require annual roof inspection and resealing as needed to maintain warranty. If you own an RV you should always carry a tube of the appropriate caulk/sealant and should inspect and reseal at least once a year. This will not void warranty.
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Old 12-24-2015, 05:40 PM   #77
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I have to say, I went all over the roof, and there is no logical place for water to get in...I know how tricky water is, but the only place I can make any sense is in the clearance lights over the cab. There is a lot of sealant over all of the screws and seams, and it accumulates in the cap, but not inside of it but between the cap and the cab and only appears to come in through the visors and storage above the seats in the cab. It is definitely not anything obvious.
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Old 12-24-2015, 05:45 PM   #78
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Hi cev1001, best advice is to keep an eye and ear out for leaks. I'm looking to purchase a cover but not too sure how to put it on since the model does not have a ladder. I am in the Sierra Nevadas so it's wet here too.
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Old 12-24-2015, 05:53 PM   #79
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I had a torrent of water come in through the roof of the cab and the dome light, after a rain. Brand new 2016 Forester. Had a local repairman seal it because the dealer couldn't get to it for months. It has been back to the dealer twice for numerous repairs since I bought it in June. Very frustrated and disappointed.

Hi Martha...Merry Christmas!!

Did they find the leak? If so, where was it?
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I don't understand. It's not rocket science. If the old rigs lasted years without a leak it seems new technology and better materials would produce a more resilient and durable product.
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