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Old 01-26-2011, 11:50 AM   #31
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There you go, exactly my problem. remove the strips, make sure all screws are in properly and have sealant around them, seal over them. And put NEW strips which cover the whole unit ....

Is yours a 2011 SV-291 too ? We should change VIN numbers and see if hey are close ....

Just noticed, yours is a 2008 ! Oh wooow ! you would think they would have noticed that there is an issue with that strip thingie by now. Maybe, just maybe, dealers handled it and they did not get a feedback ...

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Interesting... mine has the same issue with those areas not being completly filled in. If we drive in the rain, water does indeed enter out unit.

Now I know why!
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:28 PM   #32
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Goomph...I sealed my 291 last week in the same areas you indicated in your first post. I also made adjustments to the level of the trailer to dip slightly downward on the slide side. We had roughly 1 inch of rain last night and today...as of right now no noticeable leaks!

Now to discuss your picture of the problem areas shown in your photo from the factory...emphasis on the upper right corner that you have circled! My 291 has a 3 inch gap in the same corner...what I would call the weather stripping or vinyl covering, which I believe cover the screws for the trim piece. Or maybe in your picture would be the red arrow. The interesting part is my slide is leaking inside from the opposite (left) corner, but the 3 inch gap has to be letting water in! So, somebody at the factory knew they short-changed the vinyl covering to that corner and said "Oh Well" time to go home! Unbelievable!!!

Well the sun will be out tomorrow and so will I...sealing the areas in your photo! Thank you for posting your photo, as now I know another area to seal and hopefully cure my leak for good! It's pitiful that owners have to go through this in lieu of Forest River passing down a Technical Bulletin to the Dealers to correct a possible problem!
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:33 PM   #33
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That trim piece HAS to be exact and cover the whole area I am told ... Obviously sometimes it shinks is what I heard ... But, English is not my native language and I do not want to lie in case I misunderstood it.

They sell that trim piece at RV dealers and it is pretty cheap. I would, in summer, take the whole thing off, make sure all screws are in proeprly, seal each screw, and put the trim piece in. If you looked at my pictures, when I took picyures, on the top rear corner that vinly is long enough. When I was at factory it was off like 2" or so .... And I remember it being maybe an inch shorter before that.

And yes, you would think FR would let the dealers know .... Actually I am still in touch with them and I will probably jsut let them know that there are a lot of people suffering from the same thing.

As I might have mentioned, I camped in almost constant snow for three days with the trailer being around 70 degrees inside and one would think that melted snow would find its way inside as water but I could not find any sign of it. My fingers are crossed that my issues are resolved. And hopefully it helps others with slide leaks to address it as well.

This says something about the RV dealers, they are operating in a vacuum ! no exchange of information obviously takes place ...

Maybe they even read this forum ...
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:51 PM   #34
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Then I may need to recant from my last post about the Factory guys short-changing me on the trim covering! It did not occur to me that the trim covering would shrink! I have been RVing in Virginia for the past three months, and the temps have been below freezing the last 6 weeks! I'm pretty diligent in walking around the trailer once a week, and looking for anything out of place! Especially last week when I sealed the slide based on your first post, and I did not noticed the trim shrinking! Obviously, I missed it, and no telling when it started to shrink!
But, I will take care of it tomorrow!

Now on to the other items that are not functioning...

Thanks for your help!
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:55 PM   #35
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Goomph,

Did you noticed a lot of sweating in your trailer with snow outside and 70 degrees inside? Mine sweats immensely at temps below 32 degrees...
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By Sweats, you mean condensation inside ? Oh yeah ! it was around -15F or so outside and inside was around 70 and there was a lot of Condensation. I opened one of the vents slightly, and wiped off the condensation from the windows ...

Hopefully I am going again after this weekend and will keep an eye on the water leak spots ! Obviously sealing things properly is the only defense these trailers have against leaks. You would think They would come up with something else in addition to the caulking to prevent water damage. But then again I am an engineer, and think slightly differently then folks who just want to make trailers and get rich. Probably no one would want a 9000 Lbs empty trailer WHICH never leaked ! LOL
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:02 AM   #37
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How do you guy's rate Forest River's Quality control? and/or does it even exist? any ideas anyone?
Quality control is not great, they want to get the units out the door as quick as they can. I have a 2011 2902SS and I have had quite a few issues in the first 6 months. My dealer was not capable in repairing the problems correctly (Forest River dropped them as a dealer). Forest River has been more than responsive in getting me the parts so that I can make my own repairs. As far as your water leaks I would recommend the slide out awnings to help shed the water away.
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By Sweats, you mean condensation inside ? Oh yeah ! it was around -15F or so outside and inside was around 70 and there was a lot of Condensation. I opened one of the vents slightly, and wiped off the condensation from the windows ...

Hopefully I am going again after this weekend and will keep an eye on the water leak spots ! Obviously sealing things properly is the only defense these trailers have against leaks. You would think They would come up with something else in addition to the caulking to prevent water damage. But then again I am an engineer, and think slightly differently then folks who just want to make trailers and get rich. Probably no one would want a 9000 Lbs empty trailer WHICH never leaked ! LOL
I hear you, I am also an engineer and I shake my head at what some RV manufacturers do. I am however impressed with Carriage, New Horizon and Tiffin. But none of those are in the short term budget!
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Slide out awning is on the list too as a preventative measure...guess I need to call Forest River direct and chat about some of the corrective measures to my trailer! If they are willing to help with warranty replacement parts with me handling the labor, that's better than what a dealer can offer at this time!
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I am definitely getting a sldie out awning this spring .... I do not know if it will help with leaks at all, BUT, I know I will not have to sweep it clean after every camping trip .... It is too much of a trouble to have to do it everytime.

My dealer asks around 700 bucks for one ... How are the prices where you are ?
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