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Old 06-26-2015, 08:29 AM   #1
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rotting wood

My Blue Ridge is only 2 years and the wall above the kitchen slide out is rotting. The insurance guy said they found NO evidence of water entry and the seals were intact, so, they will not cover repairs. I talked to Forest River and they said probably CONDENSATION. It could have been there when i bought it or it could have happened a few months ago. It was not under any warranty. so they will not cover it. Come on! condensation??!! Sounds like inferior construction. Any suggestions as to who else to call or what else the problem might be? The other walls don't have any problem. At least, I don't think they have. $2900 to fix. HELP!
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Old 06-26-2015, 10:14 AM   #2
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If it was leaking it should still be leaking. Wait for a good rain and go inside and look for a leak and document it. The Insurance will have to pay.
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Old 06-26-2015, 03:43 PM   #3
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Seals working properly does not mean perfection. They can get caught on the edges and need to be manually spread or twigs can get caught when open and then closed. Taped edges can come loose. A particularly hard side rain can let moisture in fairly easily.
Water finds entrances a long distance from where wood rot occurs.
Take the posters advice and try to locate it after a rain or climb up there and simulate it!
Condensation generally shows up in wall board crimping, bubbles, etc before the wood base would rot. That's a LOT of concentrated moisture.
2nd, spend $$$ to go to this year's FR Rally in Indiana. They will fix it there or if not, you have an audience of 500 plus owners to SCREAM TO.
I think FR will try to make it right. They have helped MANY folks who were OUT OF WARRANTY.....
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Old 01-20-2016, 07:21 PM   #4
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First off, sorry to hear of your troubles. It looks like you are having the same issue as I am. Your insurance company is right in regards to the seals being intact. The problem is the design of the seals. This is a known issue and FR has been very good about resolving this problem. I would contact Dan Dobeki at FR. Also check out my post on this very same issue. Jerry
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There are known and documented cases of known issues with the 'D' seals on the slides of both Blue Ridge and Cardinal RV's both in this (and Cardinal sections) and the Cardinal Club forums and ways to stop water from "wicking" into the interior walls from these seal issues.

I had "pimpling" issues on one wall beside the kitchen slide until I followed the method outlined in the Cardinal Club RV forum and the "pimpling" stopped. I have not had any more issues. I did not even notice these pimples until I read about the problems on the other forum.

Luckily I caught mine before enough moisture "wicked" into the wall to cause any permanent damage but another owner I heard from had actual rot issues (as you have ???) after noticing the pimples starting and ignoring them.

I'm sure there are many owners out there that are not aware of this and have not taken the time to do a thorough inspection of the interior walls around the slides.
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Old 07-17-2016, 04:49 PM   #6
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2014 3125 RT had it less then 3years. I just got caught in a rain storm and noticed two slides and one window leaking. Got on the roof and the seals looked ok, but I used awning repair tape to cover the seals and that stopped the water from coming in. But the damage has been done. Now how am I going to fix this mess. 
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Don't just figure no pimples no leaks. I have a rotten wall and not a pimple to be found .
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Looks like a good reason to have slide toppers installed at the get-go. Just saying.
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Looks like a good reason to have slide toppers installed at the get-go. Just saying.
Absolutely agree!!! Toppers help out a lot of different situations!
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2014 3125 RT had it less then 3years. I just got caught in a rain storm and noticed two slides and one window leaking. Got on the roof and the seals looked ok, but I used awning repair tape to cover the seals and that stopped the water from coming in. But the damage has been done. Now how am I going to fix this mess. Attachment 114405Attachment 114406Attachment 114407
You Need to re-seal the window, maybe Applying a small Bead of Silicon along the top edge depending on window Design.

On the slides, i would try to get a different seal above the wiper seal or have another gutter installed over each slide.
Both the 5ers we've had, had a gutter along the roof line and then separate gutters above the slides.

Good luck!
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