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Old 10-01-2014, 08:20 PM   #1
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Did I mess up?

Is it possible to mess up your tent ends?
I purchased my new Rockwood premier in July and took it camping for a week in NH, A few weeks later I read the manual about soaking the seams with the hose to get them to swell to seal the stitch holes. I did that, Not for long, but got them all wet. I have had it open for the past few weeks and it has not rained. It started to drizzle yesterday, and we have had an inch and a half of rain today. My seams are dripping in random places at the bunk ends and dinette.

My question is did I not soak it enough? Should I have washed it as I soaked it? or should I just use the seam sealer that is used for tents?

( I purchased the Gizmos, Just they are in a box in the camper and not on it)

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Old 10-02-2014, 01:33 PM   #2
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Sometimes it can take a few 'soakings' to seal. Mine new ends did atleast. Just don't close it up while it's wet. And if you have to (to travel) get it opened up as soon as you can and let it dry throughly.
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:55 PM   #3
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I won't close it up wet unless traveling. Good to know it may be normal. Thanks
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Old 10-02-2014, 06:36 PM   #4
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I do not think you anything wrong. It does take a while to swell.

If you do continue to have some problems then I would say to buy some seam sealer that tenter's use. Seal the seems that you find are leaking a bit.

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Old 10-02-2014, 08:18 PM   #5
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Ours leaked a bit in the first good rain we had with them this year. I imagine they dried out over the winter, because they didn't leak again after that. Next year I am going to soak them again when I de-winterize.

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Old 10-03-2014, 10:01 AM   #6
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Well after the rains of the week, I had NO puddles, or soaked mattresses. Just some drips along the seams. But hopefully it will dry out a bit at the seams. I plan to use the Gizmos for our Columbus day trip. And then probably only open her up to clean her and winterized before packing her up.
If it is still an issue in the spring I will look I to seam sealer.
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