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Old 09-06-2018, 08:03 PM   #1
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Screw heads exposed on slide roof

My friend has a 2018 Wildcat 375MC that has a leak on the door side living room slide. He brought it back to the dealer who supposedly fixed it but the floor in the corner of the slide near the door is still wet after a rainfall. Which leads me to my question. I got up on the roof and saw that the screws that hold the outer molding were all exposed (see attached photo). As a sideline, I detail RV's and I have never seen any slides from any manufacturers that don't have a strip of Eternabond running the length of the slide covering the screws. I am going to cover them with Eternabond but was wondering if this was an omission or if this is the way they come from the factory. Thanks in advance for any info you might have.
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Old 09-06-2018, 08:52 PM   #2
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That is exactly what we did on our slide out. (on our old trailer) DW helped me keep the eternabond straight as I peeled the backing tape off the precut length and she was smoothing it down as we progressed. You only get one try when dealing with eternabond, once it's down, thats it! The eternabond also makes for a smoother transition for the slide out going in at the seals. Our new 2018 Surveyor has the same metal molding going along the back edge of the roof, but all the screw heads are sealed with self leveling sealant. Might do the eternabond tape later.
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Old 09-06-2018, 09:57 PM   #3
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That is exactly what we did on our slide out. (on our old trailer) DW helped me keep the eternabond straight as I peeled the backing tape off the precut length and she was smoothing it down as we progressed. You only get one try when dealing with eternabond, once it's down, thats it! The eternabond also makes for a smoother transition for the slide out going in at the seals. Our new 2018 Surveyor has the same metal molding going along the back edge of the roof, but all the screw heads are sealed with self leveling sealant. Might do the eternabond tape later.
Thanks for the feedback......I'm not sure if this is his problem but it seems like a good place to start. He's so frustrated with the dealer he doesn't want to bring it back.
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Old 09-07-2018, 03:31 PM   #4
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When I discovered that I had a leak in the roof ,not in the slide,but in the body of the camper itself,I traced the source of the leak to the screws holding the gutter rail to the topside of the camper. ALL the screws were not tightened completely and upon removing some of the screws found they were all rusty.i replaced them ALL with stainless steel screws and dipped them in caulk sealant before replacing them,making sure they were good and tight . Leak stopped !
In your friends situation on the slide,I would try the same proceedure,replace all the screws,dipping in sealant to seal the holes and make sure they are securely tightened.
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Old 09-07-2018, 08:14 PM   #5
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When I discovered that I had a leak in the roof ,not in the slide,but in the body of the camper itself,I traced the source of the leak to the screws holding the gutter rail to the topside of the camper. ALL the screws were not tightened completely and upon removing some of the screws found they were all rusty.i replaced them ALL with stainless steel screws and dipped them in caulk sealant before replacing them,making sure they were good and tight . Leak stopped !
In your friends situation on the slide,I would try the same proceedure,replace all the screws,dipping in sealant to seal the holes and make sure they are securely tightened.
Thanks for responding.....another place to check out!
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Old 09-08-2018, 01:38 PM   #6
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We had a 2009 Coachmen TT with the large slide that leaked from the time we bought it until they finally just put a wide strip of the special HD tape (will call it permabond for lack of the proper name). This fixed the problem, it even wore daily well


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My friend has a 2018 Wildcat 375MC that has a leak on the door side living room slide. He brought it back to the dealer who supposedly fixed it but the floor in the corner of the slide near the door is still wet after a rainfall. Which leads me to my question. I got up on the roof and saw that the screws that hold the outer molding were all exposed (see attached photo). As a sideline, I detail RV's and I have never seen any slides from any manufacturers that don't have a strip of Eternabond running the length of the slide covering the screws. I am going to cover them with Eternabond but was wondering if this was an omission or if this is the way they come from the factory. Thanks in advance for any info you might have.
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Old 09-08-2018, 03:15 PM   #7
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My 2014 Flagstaff had Eternabond on all the slides. As for the screws along the gutter you can use Eternabond along the roof edge and apply it so goes over the edge and covers the gutter screws. The same with the metal strip at the top sides of the slide.
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Old 09-09-2018, 06:45 AM   #8
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UPDATE: After I discovered there was no Eternabond on any of the slides the owner called the dealer and at first was told, supposedly after looking at other units on his lot, that some had tape and some didn't. He worked his way up to the top tier of management who agreed to send their best service tech out to our campground to look at the problem. After the tech came off the roof he said he'd never seen a unit without Eternabond on the slides! He installed tape on all the slides but that wasn't the problem. He also pulled the window over the leak and the rubber seal was crimped at the bottom and you could see where the water was getting in. He removed the factory seal and put butyl tape around the perimeter of the window.....problem solved! I guess the bottom line is that there seems to be little to no quality control at the factory and the situation is not much better at the dealer......at least this one. Thanks to all who responded to the post
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Old 09-09-2018, 07:20 AM   #9
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In addition to sealing the areas, you might also tell them to have slide toppers installed on all slides to protect the tops of the slides and serve as double protection against a leak of that nature.
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