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Old 05-18-2016, 07:55 PM   #1
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Mattress is damp

2016 FR Vibe 268RKS travel trailer...Just returned from a trip from Texas thru Vicksburg, MS to Navarre, Fl. Spent 10 days in Navarre and did experience rain. No problems. Driving home, we had substantial rain storms and when we got home, the mattress in front is damp. Of course, no signs of drips hanging from anywhere by then. The factory installed a/c unit where the vent is normally located directly over the bed. Is it possible that it didn't leak while sitting still but when going down the highway, it leaks? This is our 2nd trip in it and first time to drive in the rain. Experiences anyone?
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Old 05-18-2016, 08:19 PM   #2
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If the air conditioner gasket isn't sufficiently compressed by the four mounting bolts, water can get through and collect in the plastic trim piece (sometimes called a distribution box, I think) that screws up against the ceiling.

We had an experience where this happened. The way we discovered it was when the water came sloshing out of it during an abrupt stop. Snugging down on the gasket cured the problem.

Water in that location could come from other parts of the roof so best to look at all possibilities.
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Ugh! This sounds like surrendering it to the dealer. I suppose I should give them a call tomorrow but just know they don't have any openings until late July!!! I don't need this kind of problem.
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If things are still damp, get a dehumidifier in there while you are working on finding that leak.
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Ugh! This sounds like surrendering it to the dealer. I suppose I should give them a call tomorrow but just know they don't have any openings until late July!!! I don't need this kind of problem.
No big deal with checking the 4 bolts. All you will have to is pull the interior access panel on the AC to see and tighten those bolts.
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Well, I would never recommend doing a repair if you are not comfortable with the process, but snugging the AC gasket isn't real difficult. I think you just need to be careful not to over tighten. You have to remove the cover and tighten the four large mounting bolts.

While this may not be your problem area, it doesn't hurt to give the bolts a few turns since they should be tightened a little every year or two. Of course yours is new, but so was ours (four months old) when we had our leak.
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Old 05-18-2016, 08:40 PM   #7
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Does someone have to be on top with a wrench and someone below with a wrench? Tighten them as much as possible?
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The bolts thread from the bottom into the unit on the roof. You only need to tighten from below. You should not tighten as much as possible. If you can find the installation manual for your AC, it should have a torque figure for those bolts. You would need the appropriate torque wrench to apply that torque figure.

I tried torquing mine to the recommended amount, but stopped short of reaching it because I could see that the ceiling was beginning to deform slightly. As it turned out, I probably turned each bolt about seven or eight revolutions. The main thing is, tighten each bolt the same amount and don't over do it.
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Sure do appreciate the advice. Will see if I can tighten them up. Keeping my fingers crossed on this one!!
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You should be able to tell if the leak is from the AC gasket when you remove the cover. It should be wet inside. If it isn't wet you might want to look elsewhere for your leak.
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