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Old 09-29-2018, 06:53 PM   #1
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Roo 23BDS Bunk End Question

My wife and I are very interested in the 23BDS, but have concerns over the bunk end. When we opened the end on the new unit at the dealer, there were obvious signs of water intrusion. The tent already had mold on it and the actual bunk end was starting to bubble in a few places. Wondering if it just got left open or closed in correctly, we opened several other Roo's on the lot and found very similar issues on each. The new delivery units didn't have the mold or bubbling, but there was obvious signs of leaking.

This isn't our first hybrid, we have had several Jayco's over the years. While we had other issues with the last 2 Jayco's, the bunk ends were always bone dry. I'm assuming this is because Jayco provides a flashing directly above the bunk end to divert water.

We are not thrilled with the idea of have to rig a 23k camper, so has us looking at other brands at this point. We had a 2109S at one point which was an awesome camper, so not sure why Rockwood hasn't figured this out.

Is this a major issue or is it manageable? Otherwise the camper is perfect for us.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 09-29-2018, 07:37 PM   #2
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yep, my buddy had problems with his hybrid unit. couldn't get rid of it fast enough.
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yep, my buddy had problems with his hybrid unit. couldn't get rid of it fast enough.
Had my hybrid for 10 years before I sold it. The tent ends looked almost new and everything still worked perfectly.
Never any tent leaks and we hated to do see it go.
If we hadn't retired, we'd still have it.
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:58 AM   #4
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Had my hybrid for 10 years before I sold it. The tent ends looked almost new and everything still worked perfectly.
Never any tent leaks and we hated to do see it go.
If we hadn't retired, we'd still have it.
Well if you have been on these kinds of forums long enough you should know 10 years or so ago there was a thing called Quality Control in the RV industry. My buddy's problems were just 2 years ago.
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And overall we really like the roo so don’t want to knock the quality or anything. We had plenty of problems with our jayco. I think the quality issues are universal at this point.

It would be a simple fix I’m just surprised forest river hasn’t done so. Seems like you could just get a piece of aluminum j channel, paint it to match and then use 2-sided tape or even butyl and a few screws and run it directly over the bunk end.

I just want to know how big of an issue it is for units that haven’t been just sitting on a lot for 6 months with no upkeep.
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It would be a simple fix I’m just surprised forest river hasn’t done so.
While adding a small diverter channel has been done by many members reporting on here. It is also NOT a problem for many including me. I have three bunk ends, and although during some terrific rains, amybe a cup ow water gets past the seals, (maybe), the water pools harmlessly in the fold of the vinyl tent, and may sit there for quite sometime until released.

The tent ends are vinyl but the two side windows are canvas and will mold easily if left wet for any amount of time.

I live in a humid area of the Ohio River valley and anytime I leave the bunk ends deployed for a week or two, I also get black mold starting to grw on the vinyl tent ends... It just stays wet too long during the hot humid summers here.

Home Mold Armor 2X is my best friend... from Home Depot... black mold disappears in 30 seconds on all surfaces...

If you are seeing de-lamination issues on the bunk end doors, then walk away from that unit.
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Leak is driving me nuts.

I have a 2013 21ss Roo we bought used in 2017. Love it, but... I have a bunk end leak that fills up the cavity between the interior and exterior metal sheathing around the plywood interior. The water pools in one of the far corners (right side looking from outside) when the bed is deployed. When I raise the bunk to close it, water pours out of bottom corner on the outside and continues draining for some time. I can’t for the life of me figure out how it is getting in unless it is weeping around the canvas where it meets the bunk end metal. There is a plastic rail inside the bunk along the outside wall that finishes off where the canvas is rolled and screwed into the bunk end door.

Anyone had this leak happen and know a possible cure??
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GWALTNEYRA...

I would start a separate thread question... and not hyjack this thread... you have a serious issue that demands immediate attention...
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GWALTNEYRA...

I would start a separate thread question... and not hyjack this thread... you have a serious issue that demands immediate attention...
This was not meant to hijack. I felt it was relavent to the original question about issues with bunk ends on a Roo. I’m hoping my issues help someone who is looking for insight into Roo leaks, and if someone who has had experience with this can help me at the same time, it may help with their decision on whether or not to buy a Roo or other product.
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This was not meant to hijack
your call, your issue may be related as far as bunk ends, but is NOT The norm for a ROO... The OP issue was with mold and slight water intrusion into the bunk end... You are saying that water POURS from the bunk end when folded... quite a different issue...but I was only trying to help you... not create a diversion from the OP post...

anyway, the interior bunk end is plywood and exterior is fiberglass not metal, and if water is pouring out when you fold up the bunk end then you have a very serious issue that will cost you a lot to fix... and will get very bad very quickly. as the hinge will begin to fail.. many threads on here if you search about bunk end repairs...

you have a de-lamination issue on the bunk end door if you can see a wave in the exterior fiberglass when the sun shines on that end... and that is allowing the water to soak into the interior and is doing a great deal of damage...

one recent thread on here showed pictures of an owner remove a door peel it apart, dry the interior, rebuild the interior of the bunk end and remount... the other option is too buy a new bunk end door from FR, crated and shipped for maybe $1000???

anyway good luck
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