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Old 09-20-2015, 07:49 PM   #1
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Freedom express leak issue

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We have had our brand new Freedom Express for less than 2 months. Had an intense rain on friday night and it leaked through the front cap and though the wall seem and soaked the entire bed and front closet. It also leaked into the front storage and soaked the floor. I am beyond pissed and feel this camper is not repairable with water damage behind the walls.
How do you suggest to approach this situation. I emailed pics and it felt like they think all campers have this issue. Fix the problem and poof...done!. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks you
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Old 09-22-2015, 03:39 AM   #2
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It does suck, im on my 3rd new camper and all had leaks. I go out in the rain and do my best to find the cause. Most of the time its just sloppy or missed caulking job. My apex had an excessive amount of sealant behind the channel on the awning where the power wire went through, this was trapping water and making its way into front storage.
Id get up on top and look for any crappy caulking jobs.
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Old 09-22-2015, 07:54 AM   #3
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Did you just sell and rebuy or did the manufacturer switch them out?
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:42 AM   #4
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As Cableman said, most of the time it is poor caulking or dicor application. It could also be slide seals not sitting properly. Water just doesn't come into an RV because it feels like it, there is an issue, and usually it is easy to find and address. I have personally had to touch up a couple calking areas where the calk had started to separate (at a year and a half old) and have had to add some dicor to front and back roof seams already. Easy repairs, but bottom line is if I wasn't paying attention to this stuff, I would have water leaks, but have had none as a result. I highly recommend that all RV owners inspect all caulk and dicor areas every couple months and inspect the slide seals to ensure they aren't folded over, etc every time you camp and also if you park the RV with the slides open.

As far as your issue jwo, be vigilant, and don't accept less. What you described is NOT normal. However, I believe your trailer has the Azdel walls, which is a good thing, so you might be able to get away with getting it dried out and fixing whatever caused it.
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Old 09-22-2015, 10:09 AM   #5
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Waaay not normal...this is our 3rd camper and the others never leaked. We have had this for less that 2 months. Vigilant is an understatement, but what should I shoot for? A different camper? A fixing of the leak and replace walls? A extended warranty to cover these leaks? Just looking for options. Thank you.
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:23 PM   #6
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Did you just sell and rebuy or did the manufacturer switch them out?
I just sold them cause i wanted different models.

Im a little crazy and get into everything so i tend to find these things more then the average.
I wish there was an option to come help build your own model!
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This is just a section of the front cap caulking job. Reminder...this is a brand new camper.
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Old 09-23-2015, 04:41 AM   #8
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Yep that sure is a bad job! Mine didnt look like that. Seal that up with dicor fast. Where is the qc in building these things!
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This is just a section of the front cap caulking job. Reminder...this is a brand new camper.

Oh my... This looks pretty rough, to say the least. I'd contact Coachmen pronto and send them this picture. Shameful it left the plant this way.
I just received my Apex 288BHS back from a warranty repair. The rear upper bunk window was never set in properly and water poured down the wall when it rained. All sealed up now. Thankfully, it's been stored under roof since I purchased it.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:29 AM   #10
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The Azdel walls will be fine. That's the biggest selling point for Azdel.

The floor may need work depending on if water soaked in beyond the vinyl flooring, but you at least have aluminum framing, so replacing the flooring, if it got soaked, is not as bad as having to also re-frame it.

All of this should still be under warranty. haul it back and tell them to fix it all including a new mattress and flooring.

While they have it in for service, go find yourself covered storage. it's worth every penny in peace of mind.
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