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Old 04-20-2018, 01:17 PM   #11
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The missing word above: insidious
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Old 04-20-2018, 03:36 PM   #12
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So I took better photos with the slide partially closed and the slide seals all "seam" pun intended, to be functioning correctly as they pop in and out via the grabbing effect of the nonskid strips when you move the slide all the way in and all the way out. They are all pliable and soft. I did however find that in the very top rear corner of the actual cutout in the wall for the slide, that there is water damage to the plywood that does appear to be coming from the top horizontal slide seal that clips over the cutout opening of the actual body. It does appear that my original theory of the water being wicked up into the plywood which is delaminating it as well as the wallpaper was correct. So it seems as though the water is seeping down behind the top horizontal seal on the outside of the coach between the seal and the fiberglass and then maybe working it's way inboard to the plywood where it is not only being wicked upward, but it is running down the inside of the rear vertical swipe seal against that plywood as well which is causing the wallpaper to to delaminate from the plywood.
So starting at the top of the roof where the slide awning/cover is screwed to the roof, water is either getting in between the awning mount and the roof or through the screw holes, and there are a lot. As in it looks like every 4-6".

or making it's way past the awning cover and screw holes and making it's way down the fiberglass and seeping in behind the transition seal between the fiberglass textured roof, and the fiberglass gelcoat side walls;


Or it is making it's way over the top of the properly sealed transition and making it's way behind the slide seal cap that is installed over the cutout of the gelcoat wall and then making its way inboard to the inside wall plywood where it is being wicked up.

Here you can see the circled area of the wall cutout for the top rear slide seal where the water damage is visible in the plywood and the rusted self drilling screw end which indicates that the water is coming from above the that spot most likely from the top horizontal seal which is dumping the water into the the inside of the rear vertical cutout slide seal.
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Old 04-20-2018, 03:44 PM   #13
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Here is a disturbing photo where the water is ultimately ending up in the rear passenger side corner of the back of the master bedroom at the rear slide wall. Over the weekend, we were in Louisville and it rained Friday night. Saturday morning there was a visible pool of water in that corner of which I sopped up and immediately applied the floor blower fan to dry as quick as possible.
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Old 04-20-2018, 03:55 PM   #14
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Everything forward of this rear bottom slide out wall cutout is dry as a bone. The water is running down this rear abutment that the slide seal is clipped over. You can see the water lines showing where it is coming from.

Here are better photos of the delaminated plywood and wallpaper of the top wall cutout where the top front to back horizontal slide seal is clipped to. When you push in on the rippled areas, they push back down into and behind the seal cover. The ceiling cover as well as corner round threshold is not deformed or delaminating at all. It appears to be wicking upward but I could be wrong. Either way, it is localized and coming from either the slide awning cover attachment and or screws, the textured fiberglass roof to gelcoat wall transition threshold seal, or the slide seal allowing water to get behind it and wick upward into the wall.
This photo shows the brown water mark on the wallpaper above the slide seal. When you push on the wallpaper and delaminated plywood, the water mark drops below the seal.


This photo shows the room divider and the corner round with no warping, expansion, or damage.
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Old 04-20-2018, 03:58 PM   #15
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For sure Id use the windshield sealer I recommended and seal above that screw in the First photo. Then water test just that area.
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Old 04-20-2018, 04:13 PM   #16
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For sure Id use the windshield sealer I recommended and seal above that screw in the First photo. Then water test just that area.
There is way too much water coming in too quickly to be coming from just that one screw at the end in the photo.
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Old 04-20-2018, 05:53 PM   #17
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Oh, we are on the same page, I was just thinking I'd play around with that one crack or seam above that screw and part because in your photo it just doesn't look sealed. And photos would never substitute for eyes on in person. I think you are on the right track, perhaps that whole area is leaking, maybe in several places along that rail at the top. I'm recommending the liquid sealant and then a water test with a hose, with frequent down hill checks to make sure you don't get things too wet inside just from testing and so maybe you can get lucky and catch the leak just as it begins to intrude into the coach.
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Old 04-20-2018, 05:54 PM   #18
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I guess that first photo is the slide out cover track and the seam between the roof material and the laminated coach wall?
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Old 04-20-2018, 06:46 PM   #19
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I guess that first photo is the slide out cover track and the seam between the roof material and the laminated coach wall?
Yes, the 1st photo of post #12 where I am pointing is the slide cover/awning attachment rail where it is screwed into the textured portion of the fiberglass roof which is just above the main sealing strip with the rubber cover that mates the textured roof to the gelcoat laminated fiberglass wall above the slideout cutout in the wall, if that is the correct term...
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Old 04-20-2018, 10:41 PM   #20
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I'm thinking that screw (and there are probably several) is above the wall, so if that screw leaked at all that could be at least one of your sources. And that rail gives enough purchase for water to pool up there, collect a bit before it runs off or evaporated and that pooling could cause it to soak through. But on the other hand the damage on the inside looks like lots of water is coming into the slide out? Is it heavy pouring rain in a wind storm? Maybe blowing in also?
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