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Old 06-04-2016, 04:07 PM   #1
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A Frame Roof Gap/Opening

Hello - looking for help/advice on a roof issue........

We purchased Our A128S about a year and a half ago. We've made several trips and this past week while camping noticed something I had not seen before. As I woke up, the sunlight must have been just right and I noticed light coming in from the top of the roof.

This is the best I can describe the situation and hopefully someone knows what might be wrong. The light coming in was at the very top of the roof where one of the side panels meets up with the roof right at the peak. Only one side seemed to have this issue and not the other side.

The light coming through came down the side panel about one foot from the peak. The direction is from the peak moving towards the front of the camper.

I looked up from the inside of the camper and clearly saw daylight between the side panel an the roof. It almost seems as if there should be some type of barrier between the roof and side panel that might be missing???

I checked both sides after tear down when we returned home and both sides seem to have the same characteristics . Don't notice one side having different trim, etc. than the other. The only thin I know for sure is that if I can see daylight from the inside of the camper, that will certainly be an entry point for rain water.

Has anyone had a similar experience or know of anyone who has and what is the specific issue and potential fix???

Thanks in advance for you help!

Terry
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Old 06-04-2016, 05:39 PM   #2
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On mine the weatherstrip was a little loose and out of position. It didn't completely hang down but a little lower than it should have been. I just rebonded it. You also might want to push in a little on a-wall and see if it seals better. I had to tighten my clamp a little because sometimes there was just a bit of light visible indicating a slight gap between a-wall and roof. With that said you might still see a little light at the peeks of a-wall. There have been previous posts about this in the past but I don't believe anyone had leaks in this area.
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Old 06-04-2016, 08:23 PM   #3
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Thanks mzak,


Tried pushing in on the wall to see if that closed it up...no luck with that as it is as tight as it can be and I think as tight as it can go. I don't see any weatherstrip at all that you mention in the upper most part of the peak where it meets with the side wall. Maybe I'm missing a weatherstrip??? I'll have to get on a ladder and check this out vs. the other side that does not seem to have the same gap issue.


Issue seems to be an approx. 1/4" gap. Strange that all looks normal and secure from the outside, but much different when looking up from the inside.


We have not yet had to deal with camping in the rain, but pretty sure this will without question be an issue if we do. I did see after reviewing a few other posts of similar concerns and leakage points. Some have talked of stuffing weather stripping up to plug the 1/4" gap and stop the rain from entering. I'm kind of hard pressed to understand how this is acceptable and or part of what the manufacturing end result should be.


I think if I'm camping during an extended hard rain that significant amounts of water would enter through this gap......
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Old 06-04-2016, 08:32 PM   #4
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There is a roof gap..when the unit is set up.
What your seeing is a lacķ of weatherstripping between the two roof sections , below the 2inch roofing flashiing.
No issues....if you didnt have these gaps ...no external air would be available when heating or cooling.

Completely normal
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Old 06-04-2016, 08:42 PM   #5
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Really!!!!???? I would have never thought of that D-mo. From the inside it looks so vulnerable and a certain entry point for rain water! This is excellent news. It seemed odd that this could/would be a missed manufacturing point. I appreciate your quick response!


Of course since my wife tells me and she's correct in that I'm way too anal, I'll have to test this on my driveway with a garden hose to simulate rain!


I'll post a reply back after my in-driveway rain test! My fingers are crossed for a positive result.


Thanks again!
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Old 06-04-2016, 08:44 PM   #6
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There is a lack of weather stripping on the roof overlap that goes up against the a-wall near the apex where the two roof panels meet but only about an inch or two on each roof half. You should not see a foot of daylight though. I have a 2012 a124 and the only time I have seen daylight other than a little at the apex on both sides is when my weatherstripping became detached or trailer was not level or a-walls not completely latched. I never had any rain come in that area but have had a little snow blow in when up in the winter. As Mudman stated use cotton balls or as I do, foam cut to size and put in that area if necessary. A few people claim insects have gotten in at night, through these kind of openings, while camping.
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We ocassionally see a gap at the top when we set up our Flagstaff a-frame. We have been in some downpours and never have had water come in. However, on a trip to Alaska, the mosquitoes did find their way in. A couple of pieces of 1 inch foam plastic pipe insulation stuffed up into the corner from the inside closes up the gap.
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Thanks lonewolf....funny you mention the misquotes. Last fall (late fall), we tried to camp and literally had thousands of Asian Beetles swarming the camper. It was like the Hitchcock movie "The Birds" and we could not kill them fast enough. Tried all kinds of bug killer/fogger on the outside of the camper to keep them off but they were relentless. We tried to keep them at bay, but hundreds found their way into the camper. Killed many of them from the inside but could not keep up because when we'd kill 20, 40 more would climb in. Ultimately had to pack up and leave after fighting them for about two hours. I could not figure out where they were getting in from.......I think I now know where their main entry point was!


I'll try using some foam to plug that up.
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Thanks lonewolf....funny you mention the misquotes. Last fall (late fall), we tried to camp and literally had thousands of Asian Beetles swarming the camper. It was like the Hitchcock movie "The Birds" and we could not kill them fast enough. Tried all kinds of bug killer/fogger on the outside of the camper to keep them off but they were relentless. We tried to keep them at bay, but hundreds found their way into the camper. Killed many of them from the inside but could not keep up because when we'd kill 20, 40 more would climb in. Ultimately had to pack up and leave after fighting them for about two hours. I could not figure out where they were getting in from.......I think I now know where their main entry point was!


I'll try using some foam to plug that up.
When we got mosquitos I couldn't belief it. But cotton balls work at the peak as well as where the Dutch door (entry door) meet.
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