Hello, I wanted to start a thread on my brand new 2014 Rockwood Roo 23SS Bunk End Leaking issues. I've read about potential leaks and never thought that I would have had to experience this problem right after purchase.
Ten days after purchase I noticed water leaks into the trailer via the front and rear bunk ends when they are in the closed position. This has happened twice after a good soaking spring shower. After closer inspection, it appears that the water is entering the top seal and running down behind the closed door and settling on the canvass. With no where to drain, the water penetrates the canvass and enters the trailer. The water drips on the shelf and then puddles there. I checked all shelving and compartments. The only point of entry for the water is the saturated canvass.
I immediately checked to ensure that the bunk ends were closed properly and were not obstructed. As a matter of fact, they were closed and never opened from my delivery date from the dealer. I inspected the marker lights and they appeared to be free of settling water. Plus it is clearly evident that the water is draining from the wet canvass. This is most likely a leak issue and not condensation problem. The issue happens during a good rainstorm and is localized to the same area. I've also duplicated the issue with a garden hose.
I was able to duplicate the issue with a garden hose. The front bunk end leaked more. During testing I also removed the hose nozzle to increase the volume of water to simulate a heavier rain.
I tested for leaks with the bunk ends open and was not able to produce a water leak scenario. It appears that the open bunk ends are a good barrier for the water. I noticed that the water hits the canvass and runs right off. However, when the bunk ends are closed, the water eventually leaks through the canvass and into the trailer via a seam, zipper, hole or over saturated areas.
I am new to this camper, but have done a lot of research. I do not want to rule anything out, but it appears that water is penetrating the top seal on my bunk ends.
I returned the camper for service to the local dealer. The are more than willing to help fix the problem and were very sorry to hear about the leaks. The added silicone to the top seal and adjusted the tension on the closing mechanism. We had another hard rain a couple of days later and the rear bunk end was dry! However, the front bunk end leaked a little bit of water into the trailer. I must say that it was not as much as it was at first. So some of their repair must have worked.
Obviously this thing is under warranty and the dealer is going to fix it. It's just going to be a hassel bringing it an hour away to the dealer for what will be a fairly intermittent problem. Not to mention I don't want to miss any of the camping season with it sitting on the service lot. Soooo many thoughts have been running through my head about resale value, solving this problem in a timely and efficient manner and wondering if I should have stayed away from this design concept.
Should I wait to bring it back in the off season? Has anyone created a rain deflector/gutter to prevent water from settling and penetrating the top bunk end seals? I had some ideas of using some double sided tape, velcro and some plastic 90degree sections
Would it have been possible for these doors to be designed in a way that they were recessed when in the closed position? It seems to be that would minimize the dependency of a seal being 100 percent functional to prevent leaks. Plus a little rain deflector could come down once the door was closed
Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to provide as much information as possible. I am hoping that this post can shed light on my issue as well as help others that experience similar problems.