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Old 04-19-2018, 10:08 PM   #1
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Rear bedroom slide leak on my 2015 DX3 37BHHD

Anyone know the best chemical combinations and adhesive to reattach the rectangular rubber slide cable gaskets to the actual slide seals. Last fall I used rubber cement with an activator as well as black silicon when that didn't work. Every time I open my slide the slide cable pulls the gasket away from the seal of which allows water to seep into the seal on the cable in heavy rain. Another issue that I am going to have to seriously troubleshoot is that there is a significant leak at the top of the slide somewhere as the wallpaper inside above the slide is rippling and wavy as well as the laminated wood behind it.

I shouldn't behaving this many leaks on this new of a unit. The wallpaper ripple was noticeable almost immediately after I got it in September of 2016 at 1 year old. I tried reattaching the cable gasket and reseal some suspect areas, now it is becoming a bigger problem!
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:26 PM   #2
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Old 04-20-2018, 06:10 AM   #3
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I am curious is your trailer an aluminum frame?
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Old 04-20-2018, 06:21 AM   #4
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Have you contacted the manufacturer
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That ripple is “above” the slide out however. If the slide out was leaking, I would expect to see that ripple below the slide fascia. Ripple seems to me you have a roof leak. Could be a freeze/thaw effect on the false awnings? I would look more to the roof first.
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Old 04-20-2018, 12:09 PM   #6
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I am curious is your trailer an aluminum frame?
The coach is on a Freightliner M2 steel frame chassis with aluminum framing for the actual coach/house sonot isn’t a trailer or pull behind. It is a motor coach.
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Old 04-20-2018, 12:44 PM   #7
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That ripple is ďaboveĒ the slide out however. If the slide out was leaking, I would expect to see that ripple below the slide fascia. Ripple seems to me you have a roof leak. Could be a freeze/thaw effect on the false awnings? I would look more to the roof first.
I have been all over the roof and find no broken seals or holes. The only thing I found last summer was related to cracks in the sealant of the rear fiberglass cap seal where the sealant was pulling away from the rubber screw cover when I read the post on the screws breaking and I checked mine. I replaced a few screws and resealed the rubber cover. It is still sealed tight since I last checked last week, before the rain, and this week after the rain once we returned from louisville and I noticed that the wallpaper and wood behind it was rippling more, soft, and wet to the touch. My thinking is it has to be where the slide cover awning is mounted to the roof and the water is running down under that connection point on top of the upper slide seal maybe because the awning connection to the roof wasn't sealed correctly, or water is getting down on top of the slide seal as it runs down behind the slide awning connection point and then runs behind the slide seal and the fiberglass body and then makes its way to the inside and wicks up into the wood that is also touching the slide seal but now inside the coach. Without knowing the actual process that you guys use and steps you take to prevent that, I can't know for sure. Being that my unit is a 2015 it is now out of warranty, but this is a pretty significant leak to be making it's way across the entire top of the wall along the the entire slide. Does Forrest River offer any type of concession on this type of significant leak?
My living room slide shows the same rippling of wallpaper but it is really minor at this point compared to the rear bedroom slide.

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1. Do you seal the slide awning to roof connection point? If so, with what and how?

2. What do you do to actually seal the slide seal to the body slide cutout on the outside to prevent water from just running down the fiberglass, behind the slide seal, and sitting on top of the seal where it can possibly run inboard to the inner wall and wick up?

3. Where the slide cutout is on the body, is it an actual "cutout" with exposed ends that the seal pops onto, or does the fiberglass curve in and back up on the inside of the coach, and then the seal pops onto that? Photos of this would be extremely helpful.

Can you provide a photo of the actual top and side slide seals, especially a side profile of the seal and how it wraps around the cutout?

I need to remedy this quickly. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-20-2018, 12:51 PM   #8
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Iíd troubleshoot the roof. Put fresh Dycor or other RV roof sealant on seams and around any hardware mounted up there. Let that all dry for a few days then get a garden hose and run your own leak test. In the mean time get some heat and a fan blowing on the inside to get that dryed up soonest.
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Old 04-20-2018, 01:08 PM   #9
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Iíd troubleshoot the roof. Put fresh Dycor or other RV roof sealant on seams and around any hardware mounted up there. Let that all dry for a few days then get a garden hose and run your own leak test. In the mean time get some heat and a fan blowing on the inside to get that dryed up soonest.
Great minds think alike. I reapplied Decor LAP self levelling sealant to all of the hardware seals that were even suspect as well as removed and reapplied self leveling Geoflex ProflexRV black to the seal areas of the front and rear caps. This is definitely coming from the area above the slide. My thoughts are that it is running down the roof to the slide awning connection point and getting behind that and running down behind the seal in between the outer fiberglass wall and the slide seal, then somehow wicking up to the rippled area delaminating the plywood behind the wallpaper and running down the sides causing the side wall to delaminate the wallpaper from the wall.
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Old 04-20-2018, 01:17 PM   #10
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Nothing so l as water intrusion. It will get into the tiniest of holes. Iíve used this product for years with great success. It is very thin and therefore flows like water, made for windshield leaks but Iíve used on many RV roofs.
Great product to have in your garage.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Permatex-8...&wl13=&veh=sem
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