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Old 03-27-2017, 12:19 AM   #1
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Roof leak on rear cap - 3171DS

Just found out today we have a leak in the rear of our unit . We could see the damage inside by the trim above the back window was all warped. Been a lot of rain here the last week. Before we winterized I got on the roof and checked all the seams for cracks and sealed what I saw could be a possible problem . Our MH is only 2O months old with only 5900 miles on it. You would think by now they could make class c that wouldn't leak. Taking to CW where we bought it and hope they can fix before our trip the end of April .

We have extended warranty that we purchased at CW. Will that cover this type of repair?
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Old 03-31-2017, 04:21 AM   #2
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benagi ... did you buy the 7 yr. or 75,000 mile extended warranty. ? I had a leak by my back max air vent. I think CW didn't get a the screw holes sealed . It's fixed know after also returning to CW .... 125 miles one way. Crazy . Hope you get things worked out . Keep us updated. Safe travels. Tony
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Yes, we have the 7 yr 75000 mile warranty. We have an appt. this Monday coming up. Will keep you posted .
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Ben, sorry to hear about all the issues that have suddenly cropped up. Yours came of the line about 2 weeks after mine and I have not noticed any major issues yet. After your post about the paint I went out and thoroughly check mine and it is still flawless.

As for your leak, do you think perhaps water seeped in thru one of the rear clearance lights? I know right after I picked mine up the right tail light was getting moisture in it but I removed the clear lens and sealed it myself with no further issues.
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Old 04-02-2017, 12:12 AM   #5
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Could be clearance lights. I did find a crack in the sealant on the roof and taped over it for now . Will being going in Monday for inspection and repair .
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Sorry to hear about the leak and damage. I am constantly (monthly) checking over the MH and have caulked about 2 dozen small spots along with a sealer around the rear clearance lights. One major difference between the Forester and the Winnebago Minnie fiberglass roof is that Winnebago's have a totally smooth surface and rain water just rolls off. The Forester has raised curved edges and water tends to pool. I don't care for it. Hope they track down the leak(s) quickly. From what I've seen on mine, the wall is just a piece of luan plywood with wall covering on it. Big issue is finding the leak(s)!
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Old 04-02-2017, 10:28 AM   #7
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As for your leak, do you think perhaps water seeped in thru one of the rear clearance lights? I know right after I picked mine up the right tail light was getting moisture in it but I removed the clear lens and sealed it myself with no further issues.
GL1800Rider,

I noticed that the reverse lights on our 2861DS get moisture in them. Can you provide any directions/tips on how and what you used to seal yours?

Thank you.

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Sandy, since yours is a 2017 I think your tail, brake, backup light fixture is different. On mine only the clear backup lens was removable without taking off the entire fixture. I removed the clear lens and after the moisture dissipated I put a thin bead of FLEX SHOT (available at Lowes) on the fixture where the lens goes and put the lens back on.
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Sandy, since yours is a 2017 I think your tail, brake, backup light fixture is different. On mine only the clear backup lens was removable without taking off the entire fixture. I removed the clear lens and after the moisture dissipated I put a thin bead of FLEX SHOT (available at Lowes) on the fixture where the lens goes and put the lens back on.
I attached a crooked picture of mine.

Thank you for the picture!

You are correct, our light fixtures are different and I will probably have to remove the entire fixture. I'm thinking the FLEX SHOT won't work in my situation because I don't want to permanently glue the fixture to the unit.

I'll have to take a look at what is currently being used between the fixture and the unit I guess. Now if I can just remove the fixtures without breaking them...

Thank you for your reply!
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Sandy, since yours is a 2017 I think your tail, brake, backup light fixture is different. On mine only the clear backup lens was removable without taking off the entire fixture. I removed the clear lens and after the moisture dissipated I put a thin bead of FLEX SHOT (available at Lowes) on the fixture where the lens goes and put the lens back on.
I attached a crooked picture of mine.
Mine are like GL1800Rider and fogged up the entire set of lights. I left the backup lens off for a few days and stuck a shop vac and sucked a few times in hopes of getting the moisture out. Then I laid a bead of clear caulk around the opening and set in the lens. Then I applied a bead of caulk around the lens and wiped it off making sure in was in the depression around the lens. Did that last year before all the rain storms. No more moisture or fogging.
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I've had good luck sealing lenses on our Solera with silicone paste:
https://www.amazon.com/3M-08946-Clea...Silicone+paste
Much thicker and stays in place better than silicone grease; non-hardening.
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Old 04-06-2017, 12:33 AM   #12
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Latest on roof leak. Got a call from CW and they said no one in the industry warrants roof leaks past the first year. They also said FR only warrants their seals for 90 days. We have to have it fixed regardless, so tomorrow they will do the pressure test and see where all the possible leaks are. They also said when they seal a unit at CW they will warrant the seals for a year. Will keep you posted .
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Another update. Got a call from CW regarding our repair and a $1000 later we can pick it up tomorrow. That's just for sealing the roof in 4 corners on the outside and a pressure test. To top it off they do not have qualified personnel to repair the damage on the inside . Told us to goto an upholstery shop to have the interior fixed. Also told us the inside was still pretty wet and said they couldn't help us with that either and to goto a shop that specializes in RV leaks.

Just a quick note for Bclemens who is in another FR division told me 2 years ago when we were first shopping, that most of the post on this forum would be negative and not to judge FR by those post. Well, as you can see we bought our unit anyway and if you look at some of my past post, you will see we have had our share of problems. Just had to vent. This $1000 repair was the last straw and that doesn't even include what it may cost to fix the interior.
Wish there was something FR could do to ease the pain.
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Another update. Got a call from CW regarding our repair and a $1000 later we can pick it up tomorrow. That's just for sealing the roof in 4 corners on the outside and a pressure test. To top it off they do not have qualified personnel to repair the damage on the inside . Told us to goto an upholstery shop to have the interior fixed. Also told us the inside was still pretty wet and said they couldn't help us with that either and to goto a shop that specializes in RV leaks.

Just a quick note for Bclemens who is in another FR division told me 2 years ago when we were first shopping, that most of the post on this forum would be negative and not to judge FR by those post. Well, as you can see we bought our unit anyway and if you look at some of my past post, you will see we have had our share of problems. Just had to vent. This $1000 repair was the last straw and that doesn't even include what it may cost to fix the interior.
Wish there was something FR could do to ease the pain.
Oh Ben, I am so sorry to hear this. I know how you feel. I just spent $800 on the front end and like yours it's only a year and a half old.
As far as the rear inside, I believe the inside wall is luan 1/8 plywood with the wall paper over it. Paper could be heat pressure bonded to the luan. It's probably all glued to the styrofoam. Perhaps you can either get the boards already made up or get just the fabric and can have it applied to the luan and then glued on the styrofoam. I can check if the wall paper is available. Can you post some photos? I know I could fix for you, but i'M in LA and you're in SLC. If there is still moisture in the wall, it may be best to pull it off and let it dry out. You don't want mold!
Ben, I found this place
Vinyl Paneling Breeze - RV Parts Nation
sells the panels and seam tape. Might be worth a call to them. The color looks close maybe??? Their area code is in Elkhart, Indiana so they may be the supplier for FR???
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I too am sorry to hear of your problems. Did your extended warranty help out and cover anything at all?
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Did CW seal the clearance lights and backup camera? What's their guarantee, and does it run out just prior to fall and winter rain and snow?
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I would not let any CW even clean my commode.
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I too am sorry to hear of your problems. Did your extended warranty help out and cover anything at all?


Extended water doesn't cover leaks that come from the roof.
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Did CW seal the clearance lights and backup camera? What's their guarantee, and does it run out just prior to fall and winter rain and snow?


They did seal the rear clearance lights. I need to check the camera and the front clearance lights .

I drove it home this morning. I thought that CW may be a bit more experienced at sealing roofs but after what I saw what they did to mine, it was a complete waste of money. I definitely could have done a better job.
By the way, their guarantee is 12 months.
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I would not let any CW even clean my commode.


I learned the hard way.
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