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Old 05-01-2019, 10:36 PM   #1
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Sprung a leak in the rear of our 2861DS

It's that time of year when you finally get your rig out of storage and take that first long anticipated weekend trip. Well we did just that and discovered water damage in our rear bedroom closet, rear ceiling and molding. We also have water damage and mold we had to clean up in our outside kitchen area that is also in the rear of the coach. We have a 2016 2861DS.

We've had our motorhome in storage, and about a couple of months ago when we went to run our motorhome's engine as we routinely did every week I noticed a musty smell inside. I wrote it off to the coach being closed up for the winter. We did have a lot of rain this past winter in California and unfortunately we sprung a leak somewhere in the roof that we still need to locate.

Yesterday we brought it to our home to prepare for a weekend trip and as we were cleaning it and packing, we first noticed the water damage and mold in the outside kitchen compartment and then I noticed the water damage in the rear bedroom closet that also ran 3/4 of the way down the ceiling of the back wall damaging the "paper" molding.

We have an insurance adjuster coming tomorrow to assess the damage and it may be covered. Looks like we've got some costly repairs coming up.
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Old 05-01-2019, 10:56 PM   #2
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Have you checked the condition of the roof caulking.
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Old 05-01-2019, 11:05 PM   #3
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Have you checked the condition of the roof caulking.
It needs fresh caulking. Our problem is that we are in an HOA and can only have our motorhome on our driveway for only a couple of days at a time. The rest of the time it's in storage, so we're going to have to bring it to the shop periodically for roof maintenance and maintenance in general from now on.
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Old 05-01-2019, 11:21 PM   #4
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Yep, #1 leak cause is cracked or loose caulking.
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Old 05-01-2019, 11:22 PM   #5
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Sorry to hear of your water damage. I'm just down the coast in northern LA and also has a leak from the weeks of rain we had this winter. I had to replace the cabover headliner and found the area on the front seam that was probably leaking. Did a lot of caulking and used Eternabond tape all around the roof seems.
It's hard to find the leak back there. If you do a search in the forum , look for Benagi's posts as he had the same issue with the rear. Not sure if it was the rear camera or the seams.
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Sorry to hear of your water damage. If you do a search in the forum , look for Benagi's posts as he had the same issue with the rear. Not sure if it was the rear camera or the seams.
Thanks, Sagecoach. Yes, I have been reading through Benagi's thread. I'm not sure what the outcome was for his situation though. I would love to know. I really don't want to replace this trim with the same inferior product. Hopefully we'll get this leak squared away. I'm also concerned about our outdoor kitchen area. I'm not sure if all the water damage we found there is from the roof leak or some other problem.



We've been looking for a new home with RV parking for two years now! It's so difficult to store and keep up with all the maintenance that needs to be done. We get our motorhome on our driveway for two minutes and our HOA goes crazy! Ugh.
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Has anyone had their upper trim/molding water damaged? (See photo). As you can see it's warped. If so, what did you replace it with? This thing is literally made out of cardboard and I don't want to replace with the same product.
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Your roof access ladder is located at that corner, if you climb up you may see that the roof calking has opened up. I have the same model and have applied Dicor self leveling in that area as a precaution.


And yes, if that is the source of the leak it will find it's way into the outdoor kitchen as well.
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Has anyone had their upper trim/molding water damaged? (See photo). As you can see it's warped. If so, what did you replace it with? This thing is literally made out of cardboard and I don't want to replace with the same product.
I’ve had some luck using thin (1/8”) plywood for similar applications. Memory says I bought “Door re-cover sheets” to fix some interior wood doors movers had punched holes in with furniture... couldn’t find those. Did find this:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Utility-...3096/100543684
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Has anyone had their upper trim/molding water damaged? (See photo). As you can see it's warped. If so, what did you replace it with? This thing is literally made out of cardboard and I don't want to replace with the same product.
WE are lucky here in my portion of LA where there are no CCR's prohibiting RVs in driveways. I installed a dedicated 30 amp RV receptacle, water near by and a sewer clean out for dumping. I'm fortunate I know. Never thought about it buying 35 years ago.
My back upper cornice is the same as yours, cheap fiber board that swells with the slightest moisture. I was thinking of replacing mine when I made new solid maple pieces for the bedroom slide out fascia. I was thinking of cutting solid maple to length and using my thickness planer to cut down thickness and bevel the edges on my table saw. Not sure how I would cut some relief degin. Finish by staining, varathane and nailing back up. Can be a DIY with proper tools.
BTY, what kind of insurance covers it, do you have extended warranty?
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