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Old 05-19-2014, 12:34 PM   #1
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Lips over doors.

I'm wondering why forest river does not put lips above each one of thier hybrid
doors like many other manufacturers do. I would assume this would cut down on the risk of water intrusion. Tremendously...
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:59 PM   #2
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That lip is called drip cap. Yes it probably would cut down on water intrusion. Not all. A couple of weeks ago we opened our 233s (three beds) to see how how everything held up over the long, cold, and snowy winter. When we dropped the beds everything was dry and no sign of water at all. When we closed it up my wife noticed that on the front bed there was a slight amount of fabric/canvas sticking out the top middle part of the bed. Not huge but significant enough that it was noticed by her when she parked in the driveway the next day. She let me know and I went out and took a look. I inspected all three doors and only the front one had any fabric sticking out. She was ready to drop the bed and reclose it as heavy rains were in the forecast for the next two days. I told her lets leave it and see what happens. Sure enough after the rain stopped a couple of days later we reopened the beds and the front one dropped about 2-3 cups of water. There was no water inside the camper but I'm sure it would have found its way inside over time. I also bet it would have caused some issues had it been fall and headed into a frozen winter. I'm pretty sure that a drip cap would not have helped in this scenario as enough of the bed was sticking out that water would have found its way in. There was not a lot of fabric sticking out but enough to let in lots of water after two days of rain. This serves as a reminder to me that we need to thoroughly inspect those doors after closing them which we usually do. The irony here also is that we were closing them up after inspecting them for water intrusion. We have had water come in a couple of times now and in both cases the intrusion was caused by operator error. I'm sure a drip cap would not have helped in our test but the amount of overhang would have had to be very significant to make up for the fabric sticking out. I should have taken pictures. Oh well. Next time.
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Old 05-19-2014, 01:03 PM   #3
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We actually take our matresses off the doors for winter, that way there is no where for the fabric to go but inside. Just was wondering if there was any specific reason they don't use that method .
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I take my mattress off every time I fold up.
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which doors are you talking about?
the bunk end doors or the entrance door?

i have rain gutters over my bunk end doors.

and i have never put taken our mattresses off the bunk end doors.
they are snapped and strapped to the inside of the door.

been working fine for over 7 years with no leaks.
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Old 05-19-2014, 10:20 PM   #6
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which doors are you talking about?
the bunk end doors or the entrance door?

i have rain gutters over my bunk end doors.

and i have never put taken our mattresses off the bunk end doors.
they are snapped and strapped to the inside of the door.

been working fine for over 7 years with no leaks.
This is interesting. Can you describe or post a pic of your gutters above the doors? This might help as I try to correct my water issues.

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The bunk doors....
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:48 PM   #8
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hmmm. wonder if this gutter system will work? I'm not sure if it will be wide enough. I'll have to get some measurements.

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Old 05-21-2014, 10:10 PM   #9
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Hmmmm. Maybe , but I don't know why they would not just make some nice aluminum ones and install them from the factory.. I see many people don't have a problem, but many others in this forum deal with leaking seals, delaminates doors ect..
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Yup. In my little bit of experience, Ive noticed that if that seal is not perfect than water can get in. Whether it by user error or some other issue. It would be cool if there was some gutter system or deflector installed above the door from the factory just as a safeguard.
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