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Old 05-31-2016, 09:02 AM   #1
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Bath tub leaking?

This was the third time we had our new 26DBH out camping and while dumping the tanks I noticed water dripping way in the back by a hole where the trailer light wires come from. Then realized there was water trapped above the black underbelly tarp. Pretty sure it has to be coming from the bathtub when we are showering. I was wondering if anyone has come across this problem and if there is anyway to look up in there and see what's happening. We have a vacation planned on June 23rd so I'm not sure if taking it back to the dealer is really an option.

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Old 05-31-2016, 09:11 AM   #2
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There a couple of options you might try first if its under warranty you may want to take it to the dealer. second you could remove that part of the under belly covering or the third option is to cut a hole in the under belly in the area you think is leaking only cutting the covering on three sides so that you make a flap that can be later secured. I you go the cutting route me careful how deep you cut and go slow.
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Old 05-31-2016, 09:12 AM   #3
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you can look up in there either cut an access hole where you think leak maybe or start pulling the covering down . held on with sheet metal screws and some foam insulation . it will give you the chance to secure wires and water lines tighten all fitting and insulate . there is no other way to look in
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:38 PM   #4
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I'd check the caulking around the tub. There aren't many places the shower could leak. I have found loose screws on the molding around the tub. Did it rain before you found the water?
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:56 PM   #5
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Cutting under the unit is not the place to start. Does your tub have a side panel to be able to look under it and work on the plumbing?

It would seem that you have some type of caulking or side wall panel issues in the tub area. All are 'above' the floor level of the unit.
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I'd check the caulking around the tub. There aren't many places the shower could leak. I have found loose screws on the molding around the tub. Did it rain before you found the water?

I do not have a tub surround kit on the shower but all the corners and top of the trim piece around the tub is caulked. The bottom of the trim piece where it meets the tub is not. Is it suppose to be?

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Cutting under the unit is not the place to start. Does your tub have a side panel to be able to look under it and work on the plumbing?

It would seem that you have some type of caulking or side wall panel issues in the tub area. All are 'above' the floor level of the unit.

The tub has a big 8"x8" panel between it and the tub I can open up. I can look in there and at least see if the water lines or drain is leaking. Then I can go from there.

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I don't have caulking on the bottom of the trim. I'm assuming the tub has a lip and the trim acts like flashing.
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Old 05-31-2016, 06:39 PM   #8
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Wait for the drip in the rear to stop and then turn on the tub/shower. Go outside to confirm a drip. If no drip, start with the sink.

Remove access panel to check for leaks. You might have to pull faucet panel as well. Do not cut under belly panels, the water travels along frame, wires ect, from many feet away.
Check the drain and P trap, tighten as needed. Also check the supply lines at the back of the faucet. Check both the tub and the sink for both of the above.
If leak continues, post pics of tub shower area so we can help.
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I don't have caulking on the bottom of the trim. I'm assuming the tub has a lip and the trim acts like flashing.
That is correct.
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It's probably the cheap foam gasket FR uses around the drain. The foam gasket compresses over time and starts to leak. Remove the access panel to the drain and pour some water down it.
I had to replace mine with rubber gaskets and no more leaks.
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Found the leak! Don't think the drain and p-trap are suppose to have room between them. Haha. Click image for larger version

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They must have just not tightened it enough at the factory.

Thanks so much for helping me out everyone. I'm sure there are more questions to come in the future.


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That will do it every time. Glad you got it fixed before any damage occurred. You will want to leave that access panel off and put a fan pointing in there to get it dried up. Keep an eye on it after your next travels in case it pops off again. Looks like the pipe coming off the drain is to short, you might need a longer extension.
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Old 06-01-2016, 08:15 AM   #13
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If the insulation got wet, there's no way it will ever dry with just a fan.

My 26DBH is in the shop currently because one of the fresh water "T"s let go and dripped all last summer (it's first summer) and filled the cavity with water, also soaking the insulation. They have to slice the underbelly, pull it all, dry it out, make the repair, replace the insulation and they make a special underbelly tape to repair the slice.
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Everyone should look under the tub if you have a side panel to see the p-trap drain area. Standing in my tub, the 'floor' by the drain seemed to have a lot of give. Looking under the tub at the side panel, there was a support board attached to the bottom of the tub, but...... the board was not attached to The Floor, as it was hanging free over the hole cut in the floor for the drain plumbing. Dumb Axxs carpentry from FR. I put a support board across the 'hole' and attached to the board coming down from the tub. Tub is now solid at the drain area.
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Everyone should look under the tub if you have a side panel to see the p-trap drain area. Standing in my tub, the 'floor' by the drain seemed to have a lot of give. Looking under the tub at the side panel, there was a support board attached to the bottom of the tub, but...... the board was not attached to The Floor, as it was hanging free over the hole cut in the floor for the drain plumbing. Dumb Axxs carpentry from FR. I put a support board across the 'hole' and attached to the board coming down from the tub. Tub is now solid at the drain area.
X2, I added 2x4 legs and plywood to mine through the access hole.
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Old 06-20-2016, 12:15 PM   #16
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We had a problem with ours leaking out from under the tub when showering. The culprit was no sealant along the top of the trim around the tub. A little silicone fixed it.
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We had a problem with ours leaking out from under the tub when showering. The culprit was no sealant along the top of the trim around the tub. A little silicone fixed it.
Turns out that was exactly what our problem was as well....that guy must have been on vacation the week mine was done.
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We had the same issue. Tub drain was barely on. Found water coming from under the tub. So, removed the access panel, reached in and tightened it. No more leak!

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mine was leaking too, when I was out camping solo with my 3 year old.... p trap came loose. I cut the liner about 6 inches to drain the water. Took it to the dealer, they installed a longer drain pipe and replaced the insulation all under warranty.
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Our Cherokee 254Q has been leaking around the glass shower enclosure from day one. At the dealer right now for the 4th time to fix it, and now there is a smell coming from the shower. Their "fix" is to reapply sealant, to no avail; I told them to rip the damn thing out and repair it properly/replace it. Getting more than a little PO'd at these guys.
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