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Old 08-23-2013, 09:06 PM   #11
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:11 PM   #12
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I don't own a Roo but I have owned tents. I assume the canvas on a Roo is pretty much the same as a tent. From the time I was a little boy I can always remember being told, do not touch the canvas when it is raining as it will start leaking there. Also, try to make sure other things, ie.. Mattresses or what ever are not up against the canvas as it will,cause the canvas to leak.

I agree with other posts here as far as waterproofing the seams and it might be good to apply a good canvas sealant on you Roo.

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Old 08-24-2013, 10:19 AM   #13
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They're not the same. FR uses kind of a canvas covered in vinyl. Unless it's torn, it won't leak. The seams are sewn with a thread that's designed to expand when it gets wet. That usually only needs to be done once, sometimes twice.

I'm not actually sure if a sealer spray will work on these. I always carried a can with me, but never had to use it. Most of the ones I've seen are more for a water proofing (like on a breathable tent material). What we're talking here is more of a water getting into the holes where it's stitched type of thing.
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:10 PM   #14
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That is why I recommended using seam sealant. You can get it as a spray or a brush on application. If i had to seal the seam i would use the brush on. As you have stated the thread should swell when wet and seal the seam. This does not always happen and you will have a leak at the seam. If you look at the seam you can see the holes left behind by the needle when stitching the seams together. The seam sealer is made for nylon tents but will work on the fabric that FR uses.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:58 PM   #15
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In my opinion I would avoid any sealing product the manufacture does not recommend in writing. Applying it will shift all the blame to you.

I'd be frustrated too. Follow the written procedures exactly. Swell the stiching if needed. If the thing still leaks, take it in for service. Give the service location ample time and opportunity to make it right. If they don't, call Forest River. I owned a cheap Viking popup for many many years. Never leaked a drop, not even on the first trip. There is no reason a new unit should be leaking after the first good rain. If you wanted to get wet you would sleep in a cheap department store tent.

My brand new 2014 MH had an epic number of problems. Pages. I didn't give the dealer or FR a chance to fix most of them so I can't complain much. The ones I did ask for help with have dragged on for months. Inexcusable. Don't give up, I actually love my new MH. I'll say it right here with you, my MH was junk. And by junk I mean it was not suitable for sale to anyone. And the manufacture knew it, and the driver from Indiana or Iowa knew it, and the dealer knew it. But I am determined not to let any of them take the fun out of it. My family have already had epic adventures in this thing, so I'm not giving up.

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