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Old 06-28-2015, 02:39 PM   #1
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Hi all,
We are loving our new camper but are having trouble with beds leaking. Any suggestions would be great!
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Amy from PA
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Old 06-28-2015, 02:50 PM   #2
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You need to be more specific on where the leakage is occurring. Most people have no leakage problems, but some have had major issues.

Also, it may not be leakage but condensation. Lots of newbie hybrid owners don't realize they need to keep a window cracked and perhaps the fan running to draw the moisture out of the air. A few humans breathing plus cooking plus showers, etc. can add a lot of humidity to the air, which then likes to condense on the coolest part of the trailer, which is the bunk ends.

My Roo never had leakage issues. If you can post your specific issue, someone will probably be able to help.
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Old 06-28-2015, 02:57 PM   #3
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Ok sorry. It definitely wasn't condensation. It poured for almost 24hrs and the temps were in the 60's. One of the beds was leaking from top seam. All other beds there were a couple small leaks in seams. All mattress, bedding and pillows were either soaked or damp.
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:13 PM   #4
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The seams need to be "seasoned". The needle holes are a little bigger than the thread. Wetting down the bunks will swell the threads (should only need to do this once) and you should be all set. This rain storm you were in should have done the "seasoning" for you. Your camper material should have info. re. this seasoning.

I forgot to season our new camper and had leaks first time out. Just returned from 2nd trip and dry as a bone despite torrential rains.


Our old camper was the 183. Nice lay-out. Congrats and enjoy.
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:23 PM   #5
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suggest you go to the Hybrid/Expandable section here, to learn more about hybrids, especially the tent ends.

your dealer should have told you about "seasoning" the tent ends. this is common not only to hybrids but popups too.
in fact, there should be a page in your paperwork/manual, from the tent manufacturer, about seasoning the tent ends before using them.
i got it with my 2007 Roo 23SS.
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:25 PM   #6
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Okay. THank you. We found the instructions about "seasoning" the canvas soaking wet in between the canvas and the screen during the heavy rains. Dealer never mentioned doing this. A little frustrating.
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Welcome to the forum. As you have found out some very Knowledgeable folks here to help.Later RJD
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