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Old 07-24-2008, 03:02 PM   #1
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Leaking expandable tents

I have a 2004 SV233t expandable bought used. Water seeps in through the tent walls when it rains and it pools in the rubber membrane that attachs the bed floor to the camper body. Anyone have any ideas. My coleman Pop up NEVER leaked....

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Old 07-24-2008, 03:51 PM   #2
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Is it possibly leaking through the seams? If so you can get a seam sealer for tents at sporting goods store and wally world. The seams are usually the weakest point for water ingress.


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Old 07-24-2008, 09:48 PM   #3
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You should spray Camp Dry on all of tent areas yearly to help repell water. It comes in a spray can and i think you can get it at wal mart
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Old 07-28-2008, 07:07 AM   #4
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When you put the tent ends out, you need to make sure that the end flaps with the bungee type cords are attatched properly and that the end of the flaps are pulled down and around each end of the bed. This will prevent the water from coming in and will channel the water around the edge of the bunk end and down the side of the htt. I hope this helps. If you have a problem understanding my instructions, I will try to make them clearer.
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:29 PM   #5
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we recently sprayed the moisture repellant on our vinyl sides and applied the sealing glue to the sewed seams where the canvas/vinl ends attach to the bulkheads by the stitching. all of these materials are very cheap to buy and I bought at a RV dealer, some may be available from Wal Mart also, not sure. We had a problem with leadage through the seems after some canvas work was done.

we also had a condensation problem also but this cant be fixed to well , when the air is certain temp and RH a certain amount the water will condense out, sometimes opening a vent can help some, but this does not sound like what has been described. We have some sort of moisture issues in our hybrid; condensation, drying out after rain, a few drips during a really hard rain, etc. However, hybrids are lots of fun we really enjoy ours.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:49 PM   #6
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Would running a fan help the condensation on the inside ? Just a thought. I also heard the new canvas has to get wet first to shrink the fibers and dry before you water proof it not sure if it true or not Its been many years since i had a popup
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see about a replacement

We bought a 2006 236 st, but it was brand new, left over inventory. Our dealer had new tenting sent and then replaced ours before it even leaked. She told us there was an issue with the seams and wanted ours taken care of before they had to deal with it anyway. So I would check into if this is something that should be replaced-- recall wise.
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unfortunately it is an older camper, 2001. the tent end got ripped some and had to be resewn to the bulkhead. it has dripped a bit ever since this. we have added the glue and sprayed the ten vinyl but still have some dripping, not bad , but a nuisance.
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i also plan to get the solar blankets and add few fans and keep a crack in a seam for better ventilation and discharge of humidified air. i have heard that a dehumidifier and some moisture dessicant can help also. these are all possible improvements I may try

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