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Old 02-07-2015, 03:52 PM   #31
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Thanks for the pictures and description of the PVC mod. I did not clearly understand it before as I imagined something that is permanently attached and still allows lowering the bunk end.

Our new 2014 233S experienced bunk end leaking immediately on pickup. We did not notice it during the PPI as it was raining very hard that day and we did not lower the bunk ends. We found the leak as soon as we got the unit home and lowered the bunk end.

Upon lowering the bunk end and performing water tests, we think the leakage was caused by Dycor roof caulking on the top gasket. We expect this was slopped down on the gasket during assembly. No more leaking since cleaning it up.

Bought a cover for winter storage though. Will probably add the PVC pieces when storing in the future.

Our previous Hybrid was a Jayco Jay Feather 23B. It had flush mounted closing latches that used a square socket key, and the gaskets were inset within the trailer body. We had no leakage at the bunk ends, although the roof eventually failed (different story). I think Jayco have since changed their latches now to externally mounted ones that allow locking the bunk ends.

Our Jayco bunk ends fit WAY tighter than the Roo gaskets, which are purposely a pretty light fit on a very pliable gasket. One issue with the older Jayco design was it was extremely easy to catch the canvas with the mechanism.

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Old 02-09-2015, 12:43 PM   #32
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Yup, I think that would do it. Not sure how that got through quality control, it seems pretty obvious.
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Old 02-13-2015, 06:32 PM   #33
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Rain guard installed

Just got done installing a "rain guard" over the top seam of the front bunk end of my Roo. Used a piece of 1-1/4" (1"ID) clear flexible tubing cut to 7'-4" and slit down the middle. It slipped right over the flanges on the bunk door and camper with little effort.
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Old 02-13-2015, 06:38 PM   #34
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Good deal! That works just ss well.
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Old 02-13-2015, 08:12 PM   #35
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Just got done installing a "rain guard" over the top seam of the front bunk end of my Roo. Used a piece of 1-1/4" (1"ID) clear flexible tubing cut to 7'-4" and slit down the middle. It slipped right over the flanges on the bunk door and camper with little effort.
That sounds better than PVC. You can roll it up when you take it off.
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Old 02-13-2015, 10:34 PM   #36
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Wait, are you guys suggesting there's still an issue now that FR has gone to the attached tents? sponge is buying a new 2015 model with them? I'm curious as we had a 2008, and we had initial leakage with the original internal bulb seal without the fingers. After replacement with the fingered bulb internal seal, and then the external pinch mold with bulb seal, we never had issue again. We weathered a number of serious storms stored and while in tow (including 8 hours dragging through torrential rains) and stayed bone dry!
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In my unscientific research it doesn't seem any more or less likely to leak in new models. There are plenty of new owners who have reported issues.

I could be wrong.


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Old 02-14-2015, 06:18 AM   #38
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I think that the PVC rain guard looks very clean & neat. I just wasn't feelin' the two cuts and the filing to get it to fit properly. I saw a post where someone suggested the use of garden hose slit and placed over the flanges. My OPINION was that the hose may too small in diameter. I had not noticed any leaks around the seal, but with all the conversation on FRF about the potential of a leak, i thought "an ounce of prevention...".
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Be sure and let us know if it stays in place while traveling, no reason why it wouldn't, nice to be able to roll it up while camping.
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Also, you can get larger diameters of hose than the garden variety hose (5/8" or 3/4" usually).

Here's 1-1/4", 1-1/2" and 2", although it's a bit expensive:

Watts 2 in. x 25 ft. PVC Spa Flex Hose-RSFV - The Home Depot
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