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Old 03-24-2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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Was the rain a blessing or a curse?

I was so happy to have the new 233s home, finding where to put everything, adjusting what we "really" need to bring with us, leaving things out that we didn't really use. Then, once the fog cleared and it looked like it would be dry for awhile, decided to open up the beds.
Opened the rear bed first (since it didn't stick out in the street nor was it restricted by the power jack). UUGGHH! Out pours a bunch of water! Go inside to check the mattress and there are puddles in the bottom seam of the door and the mattress is soaked. Okay, take some pictures and clean up the water. Pull the mattress inside the camper to dry. Figure we better close up the bed for the night and DH was leaving for work. Start to close it up and ... Woah! I can hear water running right down the inside the door!
Made a call to the dealership we bought it from, but they closed at noon on Saturday (it was already 2:00). Made another call to an area Forest River Dealer to see if they would do the warranty work (they will, but have to call back Monday as they were just closing.)
So, do I look on this as a blessing - that we found out right away, or a curse - that it is leaking at all. So dissapointed as this is our first brand new trailer and the first one we are having leaking issues with.

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Old 03-24-2012, 03:11 PM   #2
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look at it as a positive thing - blessing in disguise
atleast it didnt happen while on the road.

Just make sure everything is dry and not put away wet and there shouldnt be any mold issues.

was there anything stuck in the sealing area like part of the canvas - that seems to be a big thing that happens with Hybrids

I do know that the canvas has to be seasoned by either getting wet with rain or hose and let dry to seal the seams - I think it states something to this in the manual.

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Old 03-24-2012, 03:33 PM   #3
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agree with sherdep about canvas getting caught in the seals.

wouldn't surprise me if the dealer's staff may have been in a hurry and trapped some canvas.

you need to close up the bunks, making sure no canvas is caught, and look inside to see if water is coming through the seals.
i would pull the other mattresses out to help you see. you'll have to lift up the canvas to look at the hinge area where the water will accumulate.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:40 PM   #4
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Nope, don't think it was the canvas as this was one of the beds we helped close up. And the water is within the door frame itself, not running down the inside or outside, but within. Even after having the bed door open for several hours now, you can still see wetness on the pavement from where it continues to drip out. (Camper is on an incline, so the back bunk is the low spot)

Hopefully will be able to get this taken care of quickly. Decided to leave the bed open tonight, rather than risk more water accumulating. This should also take care of having to season the canvas on that bed.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:41 PM   #5
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even though most of our RV's have been
no leakers
it is a good idea
after that first little rain of the season
to walk through and check for any wet spots
best to catch them
in the early stages
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Old 03-24-2012, 04:28 PM   #6
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there are a lot of little secret locations where the water can get in and many of the locations are not discovered for years until the trailer start to delaminate or the floor start to get soft or black marks develops on the ceilings. It is a no fun afair!!! This is trailer life ( FOR YOUR MATTRESS SOAKED I WOULD ASK FOR A NEW REPLACEMENT. tHESE MATTRESS ARE HEATED AND IF SOAKED THEY CAN BE DANGEROUS TO USE AFTER. )
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:48 PM   #7
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Well, finally have an answer to our leaking door issue. Took the camper to a local Forest River dealer and after waiting for a week, we now have 3 new doors and 3 new mattresses to look forward to. Of course, this will be in 3 - 5 weeks - Ouch! According to the dealership, when they called FR about the issues, they were told that yes indeed it was a (known) issue. That partway through manufacturing, they switched companies for the doors. Our camper appears to be the second one they made with the new doors and they did not work correctly. So, long story short, Forest River is standing behind their product. Just wish we could get everything repaired a little quicker.
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I'm sorry to hear about the 3-5 week wait but happy that they are taking care of it for you.

Are they doing the repairs at the dealer or sending it to the factory?
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:06 PM   #9
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They will be doing the repairs at the dealer. They (the dealer) has already taken care of some of the smaller issues. They also said that if we wanted to go camping between now and then, to just let them know and we can come get the camper. Here's to hoping it is just 3 weeks and not 5!
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:33 PM   #10
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Good outcome, but what a bummer and a pain to deal with! Our new 233S is on order now. It is the new version with the new sealed tent flaps. I sure hope we dont have the same door problem. Thank you for sharing your unfortunate experience though, so we can keep an eye out for it as well.

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