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Old 07-18-2015, 06:58 PM   #11
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On my SOB - Sunnybrook I had a similar problem. In fact, I had water coming out, in front, of the refrigerator. It was rain water coming inside because there was no lip. the dealer made a lip of non-leveling caulk and stopped the problem. Everyone needs a lip inside their refrigerator panel.
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Old 07-19-2015, 02:13 PM   #12
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It looks like the bottom of the frame has 3 drain holes by putting a lip on the bottom of the frame it appears all the drain holes are now blocked. It seems like water would just set inside. My MH has a rubber membrane that overs the floor and sides of the frig cabinet.
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Old 07-19-2015, 06:23 PM   #13
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Edcronin01;

If you are referring to my photos, those are mounting screw holes. I just laid the frame in the opening to take the "before" photo while I added the lip..

Mine also had a membrane and it probably kept water from getting into the walls for years. But once that water got in the frig compartment, it stayed there because bottom of the frame is higher than the floor of the frig compartment. After years of soaking, water finiall found its way betwee the walls and ... the rest is history.

Someone who buys a new MH and keeps it for 5-7 years probably won't see the negatives, but I guarantee, when that wall starts rotting, it will severely impact the re-sale value.

I've checked mine since I did this mod. We had 5 inches of rain a couple weeks ago in 12 hours, heavy, heavy downpour lasted all day. I popped the frig cover, dry as a bone. :-)
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Silicon is a no no on campers.
Why? Any special applications where it can and shouldn't be used? I used silicon to reseal all the body panel / trim joints. Are you suggesting butyl rubber instead? Thanks for any clarification...
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Old 07-20-2015, 04:27 PM   #15
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Waiter21 if you look of the lower part of the frame there are 3 rectangular grooves those look like the drainage points to let water out. Sorry I referred to them as drain holes. I had 3 inches of hard rain in two days no water in that compartment. Hope that helps.
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:55 PM   #16
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edcronin01;

Sounds like yours doesn't have the same problem as mine. On mine that groove lets water drain into the frig compartment and rotted away the wall. If there had been a lip on the bottom of the frame, water could not have gotten into the frig compartment.

On my Mirada, all the other access doors, panels, baggage compartments, etc, all have a lip to prevent water from entering at the bottom. All except the frig panel, no lip on the bottom.
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Why? Any special applications where it can and shouldn't be used? I used silicon to reseal all the body panel / trim joints. Are you suggesting butyl rubber instead? Thanks for any clarification...
You should only use RV sealant, Self leveling on roof and non-leveling on the sides. Silicon will only last a short while. Then it becomes a mess to remove and nothing else will stick where it was. Even if it does last and you ever need to make a repair for some reason, it will be a problem.

Ask any RV service manager. Silicon caulk on an RV is bad.
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Thanks I'll be checking mine today. Thanks for the heads up.
Nice repair you made.
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