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Old 10-05-2015, 07:09 PM   #1
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Water in 5th wheel nose cone

Hello. We have a 2015 Sierra 376BHOK and we got it last November. I have been back to the dealer several times with a reoccurring issue. I am finding that the bottom of the nose cone of the 5th wheel is being filled with water after a heavy rain. The dealership has had it 3 times and each time they are convinced that they fixed it. Has anyone else had this problem and know how to fix it ? Thanks
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Old 10-05-2015, 09:37 PM   #2
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This is one of the issues my 360PDEK is currently in the shop for. I put Eternabond across the seam on the roof where the cap meets the epdm membrane. Did not seem to help much. Still waiting on the dealer to see if they found the issue. Ill report back when I get the fiver back.
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Old 10-05-2015, 10:33 PM   #3
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How did you guys notice water in the cone?

Did anything get wet in the camper?
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Old 10-06-2015, 12:34 AM   #4
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The nose of mine is full of water too, I've been complaining about it for over a year now and my dealer wants me to bring it back to let them see it. So if my yard hardens up enough for me to move it Saturday then it's going back again. It spent five of it's first 13 months of my ownership at the dealer with the leaking front cap as one of the items, plus there's other items that were "Unable to duplicate" from the warranty period.

But that stuff is trivial. I'm worried about structural rot and mold with that roof/front cap leaking. I'm wondering if the leak is actually the AC unit allowing it to run forward to the cap. They claimed that they resealed it, but I didn't see any fresh sealer when I was up there after I picked it up.
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Old 10-06-2015, 12:37 AM   #5
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How did you guys notice water in the cone?

Did anything get wet in the camper?
When I pick it up to hitch, water comes pouring out of the LP bays and the hole where the pinbox comes out of the nose.

So far the floor has managed to stay dry. From inside I've had no evidence of a leak, but I pulled the shelves out of the closet and there's currently two inches of water in the cap. My LED wiring is corroded and the right side has quit because the wiring is sitting in water.
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Old 10-06-2015, 05:12 AM   #6
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Ouch. The floor near the front slide out, in between the bed and closet, got a little wet once. I was wondering if this might be related to the same problem. It only happened once in windy and heavy rain.... Will keep an eye on it.

Good luck. Seems like the best / only option would be to remove the front cap, clean everything up and reinstall it.
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:05 AM   #7
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To Denali15. I noticed the water one day when I saw a bird building a nest in my pin box. I reached in to see if there was a nest in between the fiberglass cone and the frame and that's when I noticed the water. The last time I brought it to my dealer they said the leak was coming from the hole in the side of the camper where the wiring for the awning goes in. They sealed it up and said it was all good. I guess not. I'm getting pretty pissed that this keeps happening. I will have to check the a/c unit now. Thanks
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:40 AM   #8
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I have a 2012 365saq a month after owning it i noticed water dripping from the screw strip where the cap meets the fiberglass. I stuck my hand in where the pin box is and sure enough water. Took it to 2 different dealers a total of five times and they just kept adding sealant to the point of where the front cap looked horrible and it still leaked every time it rained. It finally went back to the factory. They said the water was most likely getting in the screw strip and running down. It has been at the factory for the last two winters trying to get the front cap issue fixed. I finally thought it was fixed but after all the rain this weekend went to hitch it up and sure enough water was running out of the screw strip again. Forest river has done a lot to try to correct the problem but after a few 10 hour trips to Indiana I am at a loss for what to do. On a side note I have never seen any water inside the camper just always drips out by the pin box.
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To inspectorgf...first I commend you for taking the time to drive to Indiana not once but twice. I can't believe that forest river couldn't fix an apparent defect with these nose caps. I will be calling them today again. Did they ever check the a/C housing?
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I'm reasonably sure my water is coming from the top, the inside of the cap has water trails running down the front of it.

It this thing had an engine I'd have sought arbitration by now.
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