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Old 09-19-2016, 12:00 PM   #1
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Leaks in the basement storage compartments

Anyone else getting water in the storage compartments when it rains? I'm thinking the gaskets aren't sealing well enough when the doors are shut.
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Old 09-21-2016, 02:23 PM   #2
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Condensation?

I have a storage compartment that sometimes gets water in it. I tested it from all angles and couldn't get it to leak. Came to the conclusion it was only condensation.
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Old 09-21-2016, 02:58 PM   #3
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Need a bit more info on your storage doors. Are your doors flip up (i.e.- hinged at the top)? Also, do they have the "slam lock" latches (drop the door from a few inches and it latches)?
If these are the doors/latches you have on your RV, you need to use a good silicone and seal the screws and under the portion of the latch that's mounted to the door frame. Also, if the gasket around the door frame has a gasket that's installed so that the gasket ends come together on the bottom of the door frame, you'll need to seal that joint also. If your doors/hinges are a different configuration then this solution, it may or may not, still be appropriate.
Good luck!
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On our 2012 Solera, the compartment behind the rear wheel on the driver's side is open to the outside - exposes the rear slideout gear rack. I treat as a "dirty stuff" compartment.
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I've had up to an inch of water, so I think it's beyond condensation. My locks are the"slam" type so I can try that. My latest attempt was to add a strip of stick-on weather stripping all around the door to go just inside the gasket that was already installed on the frame. I first tried to put it where it would hit the gasket, doubling the thickness and figuring that would make a tighter seal, but then I couldn't close the door! We'll see what happens next time it rains. We're in Cape Breton at the moment, expecting cold and rain, but have been lucky with a nice stretch of 70 sunny days, so no chance to test the hopefully improved seals (not that I'm complaining).
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:26 AM   #6
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One of mine leaked which it seems I've resolved by sealing the gap in the gasket with silicone. Been dry ever since.
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Almost all my doors have a 1/2" gap in the gasket right in the middle of the bottom edge. Is that what you mean? And why would they have done that?
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My old Solera had a couple of compartments that got water in them. So I drilled some drain holes. Problem solved.
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Old 09-22-2016, 11:02 AM   #9
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Almost all my doors have a 1/2" gap in the gasket right in the middle of the bottom edge. Is that what you mean? And why would they have done that?
Precisely! I sealed that up with silicone and my compartments have been dry. I hope the same result happens for you. Can't explain why it's that way...

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Almost all my doors have a 1/2" gap in the gasket right in the middle of the bottom edge. Is that what you mean? And why would they have done that?

Exactly the gap I'm talking about. A lot of water can enter any gap much less one that's 1/2" wide. Seal it, and the base plate/base plate screws with a good silicone and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the result.
Why do they do that? Best answer I can give is to ask them!!! I don't have a clue why some of their poor engineering and poor workmanship gets to the customer. As they say--it is what it is!
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