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Old 06-11-2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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The metal trim strip along the bottom of the rear panel is caulked to keep water out of that joint, but after 3 years the caulk has separated below the right taillight. Looking under the trailer, the ONLY place the bottom is damp is right where the caulk has separated. Not just damp; there was an odd orangish powder where the dampness is. It doesn't show in the photos because I'd already brushed it off.
This is one of the worst places to develop a leak because the corners are where a lot of rain is channeled for runoff.
I've cleaned the area a bit, then have begun applying Cap'n Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure, which penetrates the crevice by capillary action and hardens there. Reapplication at half- hour intervals is called for until the crack stops absorbing the fluid. I'm hoping this will take care of it.


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General area of the leak.

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Evidence below deck. Where the crack is widest the bottom is dampest.

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Close up of the separated molding. The grayish goop is the Cap'n Tolley's.

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The crevice extends about a foot along the bottom right edge.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:35 PM   #2
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Wow... I need to start paying attention to that area. I am always so focused on the roof area that I haven't even thought about the lower sides and base of the walls.

Good information. I hope the fix works well. Please, let us know!
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:44 PM   #3
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I'll try to keep folks informed. I'm glad I ordered the Cap'n Tolley's a couple years ago when I saw it recommended here. Meanwhile I'm wondering what the orangish powder adhering to the dampness was, if I breathed any of it in, and what the effects of that might be. I've begun feeling a strange urge to enslave the human race and make billions of spores...
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I'll try to keep folks informed. I'm glad I ordered the Cap'n Tolley's a couple years ago when I saw it recommended here. Meanwhile I'm wondering what the orangish powder adhering to the dampness was, if I breathed any of it in, and what the effects of that might be. I've begun feeling a strange urge to enslave the human race and make billions of spores...
I also had caulk separation along that seam but I see no sign of damage. I tried to recaulk but it separated again. After sealing my window with 3m extreme sealing tape I applied a strip of it along that seam. Problem solved.
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Naw!, dude. It'll probably just make you high!
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:22 PM   #6
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Thanks for sharing the potential problems our rigs will have in the future. If you had a 7 years warranty for all parts which I have, do you think this will be covered? I should have 7 years of worry free but it will be great to do preventive maintenance because I hate leaving my rig for repairs.
I have to take my rig for repair because my water pump kicks in every after several minutes for a few seconds. Is your water pump still quiet when left on? For now I turn it off when not in use.
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:50 PM   #7
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Hi, ko. Glad you had a good camping trip. Ours was hardly worth the cost of the gas, as it rained all weekend.

Supposedly the floors have a 25 year warranty by themselves, even if one didn't purchase the extended warranty. But I imagine the warranty only covers the cost of the material, not the total disassembly and rebuild you'd need to do in order to replace the floor. Maybe your extended warranty would cover that part, I don't know. If so, it's sure worth the money.

If left on, our water pump will burp once or twice a day, usually just as we're falling asleep, but I don't think it's worth my hauling the camper off to the dealer. I moved the water pump switch this year, from under the front dinette to under the lip of the sink counter, so I can reach it without getting out of bed. We only use the water a few times a day so it's no sacrifice to just keep it off till we need it.
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:02 PM   #8
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Toleworks, I thought of the same solution, and I do have a roll of that tape, but it's just enough to do my rear bubble window, so I'm saving it. How does that tape look, now that it's had a year or so of exposure? The caulk around the bubble is looking pretty bad again, though it doesn't leak yet. If that tape doesn't get to looking bad as it ages I may apply it this year instead of a third attempt to recaulk.
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Lee,

The tape around my 2012 window looks the same as new. I also added it around the roof fan. It looks new as well.

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Lee,

The tape around my 2012 window looks the same as new. I also added it around the roof fan. It looks new as well.

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Thats good to hear, Dave. Is your camper stored outside all year?
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