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Old 07-17-2015, 05:18 PM   #41
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Yes, Please do if you would be so kind. I am more concerned then ever

Thanks for your help
Deaver, here are some photos. We are camping in it now - hence roof debris.
The photos are: one of the roof vents, the skylight, the front fiberglass cap transition, the side wrap of front cap and the last one is the run down the roof above the sidewall. This was done on both sides.

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Old 07-20-2015, 09:45 PM   #42
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Thanks ever so much for the pics. They will help greatly
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Old 07-21-2015, 09:19 AM   #43
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A quick update on our situation. When we arrived in Ottawa I was able to buy a tube of silicon which I very generously applied to the clearance lights and those two screws holding the rain gutter to the front cap. We moved on to New Brunswick then PEI where we have had pretty steady rain both while driving and parked. The good news is the overhead area seems to be dry. I removed the speaker and there is no moisture. I have been running a fan up there to dry things out out and it appears to be okay.


The bad news, there was water leaking down the wall from the hood fan. We first noticed it packing up in NB when the paper towel roll was damp, nothing to do at the time. When we arrived in PEI it was pouring rain and we were inside the unit slides out for about an hour when we saw a small dribble of water work its way down the wall and settle on the counter behind the stove. I removed the hood fan thinking the leak was coming from the vent but it looked dry towards the outer edge wet and pooling water at the inner edge of the cut out. I climbed on the roof looked under the awning of the slide and there was a small puddle of water just about where the vent for the hood fan is. When I cleared the water and dried it up I can see a small break in the caulking along the seam. I am guessing this is where the water is getting in an leaking down the interior wall and coming out of the vent cut out.

It is dry out now but there is rain forecast for the next few days so I will keep an eye on the slide out and make sure no water can pool on it as well as the vent area (which I re caulked) to make sure it does not come in through there. I can't quite reach the slide out area where the caulking is cracked because of the awning but I can only do so much.

I guess when we get home I will get the repair shop to tape every seam on the roof as well as on top on the slides. I wonder if this is also the cause of some water issues others have talked about in regards to their slides?

Not so quick of an update. I hope the next update will happen after we get home and all is repaired.

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Old 07-21-2015, 09:46 AM   #44
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Ned, unfortunately I had that problem too but mine leaked on the bunk slide. I didn't mention this before in this thread because I assumed FR stopped sealing the slides with silicone.
In short I removed my slide toppers on both slides, cleaned the slide-out roof and applied Eternabond over the entire length of the slide-out over the aluminum trim.

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Old 07-21-2015, 09:52 AM   #45
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Bobby those pictures are exactly what my slide out looks like. Just another item on the fix list. I would attempt this myself but seeing as how the cab over will need some major repairs I'll let the shop do all of it with very detailed instructions.
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Old 07-21-2015, 10:20 AM   #46
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You do not have to scrape off existing product! If your eternabond is wide enough you simply encapsulate the area, as long as tape hase good purchase on surfaces on either side of existing caulk


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Short Answer - Yes

Ray, over at LoveYourRV has an excellent write-up about using Eternabond Tape. He is doing repairs on a rubber roof 5th wheel but the process is the same.

His write-up can be found HERE

There is a Youtube Video at the end of the page that is worth watching.
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Old 07-21-2015, 10:35 AM   #47
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Bobby those pictures are exactly what my slide out looks like. Just another item on the fix list. I would attempt this myself but seeing as how the cab over will need some major repairs I'll let the shop do all of it with very detailed instructions.
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Yea, if you are in warranty definitely let dealer fix all these issues. I fixed all mine so the factory doesn't have a record of the occurrence - which means they don't know that they may have something that needs improvement.

Good luck!

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You do not have to scrape off existing product! If your eternabond is wide enough you simply encapsulate the area, as long as tape hase good purchase on surfaces on either side of existing caulk
This is mostly true but Eternabond instructions state the bonding surface needs to be clean and "sound" meaning whatever you are bonding should be very secure. I found it difficult to thoroughly clean the factory sealant and I didn't have confidence that the large "globs" were well adhered like around roof vents and front cap.
Small amounts of the sealant weren't a concern such as on the trim running the length of the roof on both sides.

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Old 07-21-2015, 10:50 AM   #49
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:04 AM   #50
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my work to finish the factory's job...
I purposefully looked at TT's during & just after heavy rains and found that new ones from the factory leaked whereas the used 2011 unit we eventually purchased was bone-dry. I actually opened access panels & looked for signs of prior water penetration. Since these units leave the factories with so much un-swept sawdust everywhere, it was easy to see where water had entered because the sawdust was clumped.

In comparison, my unit was over 2 years old, but the original factory sawdust was still evenly spread (under the outdoor kitchen, under the tub & other places the previous owner would not have swept-up the factory dust...) So I guess it's actually good they don't sweep-up after their work...

IMO the units built during the last 3 years have been thrown-together to meet demand. Interest rates are low & they are lending money to anyone with a heartbeat... In comparison, units built during the recession appear to have better quality & control. When the kids get older I want to upgrade from our 2-slide bunkhouse TT to a MH but I won't do so until Q & C improves across the industry...
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