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Old 04-06-2014, 05:44 PM   #1
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Leaky seams

We just got home with our new Flagstaff 425D. This is our third pop up, but first non-Coleman/Fleetwood.

We were wetting down the canvas per everyone's instructions and found leaks in five places. All in the corner of a window of some sort (one in each bed end, one by the door, one in the dinette slide, and then all along the bay window). The water comes through the screen, then builds up between the screen and the plastic (or canvas, in the case of the bed ends), and then weeps through the seams into the camper itself.

We have soaked it twice (the bay window leaks showed up the second time around) and it is still leaking. I am planning on letting it dry and then soaking it again in a day or two to see if there is any change.

Assuming it is still leaking, we were thinking of heating up some beeswax we have left over from our first camper (the Rushmore didn't leak at all; finding parts was starting to be a bear) and using it to seal the seams. Should we just seal the seam on the inside of the canvas, put wax in between the screen and the plastic or canvas, both?

Thanks in advance.

And where does everyone find those cool little maps of America with the colored states for their signature lines?

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Old 04-06-2014, 06:02 PM   #2
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once you soak the seams, you're supposed to let them completely dry, not keeping wetting them.

but any tent seam sealer would work but if it's convenient, i'd take it back to the dealer if the swelled and dried threads didn't stop the seam leaks.

but you're sure it's not condensation forming on the inside of the canvas?
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once you soak the seams, you're supposed to let them completely dry, not keeping wetting them.

but you're sure it's not condensation forming on the inside of the canvas?
We let the camper sit for a few hours in the south Florida sunshine before soaking it a second time. To be sure, I am going to go back in a few days and try again.

However, it's most definitely not condensation. Water bubbles right in when you hit it with the hose. Stood there and watched it puddle while my son fired away outside.

And I guess the question is more about where to apply the wax as opposed to what to apply.
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