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Old 07-05-2019, 07:35 PM   #1
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we have a 2017 flagstaff 27rlws. the closet slide out does not leak when out. When its in and it rains - we find a wet area right under slide out - about 5-6 inches in from outside wall. bottom of
slide is dry Where is it coming from?
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Old 10-31-2019, 10:44 AM   #2
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We've got a 2015 Rockwood 2604 WS and the wardrobe slide leaks when the slide is in. It's ok when the slide is extended. The leak manifests itself from the bottom right of the slide as looking at it from the inside of the trailer. The bottom seal was replaced with some success, mostly by having the trailer leveled with the slide side slightly lower than the other. As time passes the problem is becoming worse. We have installed "d" seals on the trim facial of the slide like that of the 2019 models to seal around the whole outer parimeter of the slide with no success as today's rain has shown.

As it is the end of Oct, our season is about done for this year and we are in the process of winterizing and prepping for storage. Today, it is raining quite heavily, the slide was retracted and was leaking..... again/still. As the rain poured down, we extended the slide, dried up the area and found the LEAK had stopped ....... Again!!!!

When the weather clears up we will replace the top seal and hope for the best. The dealer has tried to find the LEAK to no avail. The roof, etc are properly sealed/caulked, the vents etc are tight. There is no obvious place for the water to come from! Yes, water is a strange animal and we expect the solution will be something simple, but finding it has been and still is a hair puller.

Good luck finding your LEAK and let us know if/when you find it and how you fixed it.
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Old 10-31-2019, 11:09 AM   #3
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We've got a 2015 Rockwood 2604 WS and the wardrobe slide leaks when the slide is in. It's ok when the slide is extended. The leak manifests itself from the bottom right of the slide as looking at it from the inside of the trailer. The bottom seal was replaced with some success, mostly by having the trailer leveled with the slide side slightly lower than the other. As time passes the problem is becoming worse. We have installed "d" seals on the trim facial of the slide like that of the 2019 models to seal around the whole outer parimeter of the slide with no success as today's rain has shown.

As it is the end of Oct, our season is about done for this year and we are in the process of winterizing and prepping for storage. Today, it is raining quite heavily, the slide was retracted and was leaking..... again/still. As the rain poured down, we extended the slide, dried up the area and found the LEAK had stopped ....... Again!!!!

When the weather clears up we will replace the top seal and hope for the best. The dealer has tried to find the LEAK to no avail. The roof, etc are properly sealed/caulked, the vents etc are tight. There is no obvious place for the water to come from! Yes, water is a strange animal and we expect the solution will be something simple, but finding it has been and still is a hair puller.

Good luck finding your LEAK and let us know if/when you find it and how you fixed it.
Somewhere on the forum another member spoke of a similar leak. It turned out to be leaking thru the top of their bottom outside trim piece on the wardrobe slide, if I recall correctly. The top of that trim is actually above floor level and is sealed on outside with a sealant. Might check there. Good luck and hope this might help.
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Old 10-31-2019, 12:52 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply, but I don't think that is our source of our problem. I say that because the inside of the slide "box" is dry and the bottom exterior is also dry. Our belief is the LEAK is caused by water ingressing via the Schwintek gear tracks and over flowing the corner pan along the bottom slide wall opening. So far it is just a guess, but when we have water leaking in, the pan is always full of water. After looking at the installation instructions for the slide system, there is no facility to drain water from the corner pans. Seems Lippert has installed a method to cause the trailer to auto distruct. So, the search continues.
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Ok. Before we replaced the wiper and "D" seals at the top of the slide in our LEAK quest, we decided to do a water test. Not just a sprinkle, but a Noah type drowning. We did the drenching a bit / section at a time allowing time for any water to migrate to the LEAK area. After the third section, the lower half of the left side of the slide looking at it from the outside, we had success. Water was migrating to the LEAK sight.

So, now we had an idea of where to look and the eventual problem area was totally unexpected. The trim piece on the corner of the slide that covers the point where the bottom horizontal and vertical facia trim pieces meet was the culprit. The silicone sealant was dried out and cracked. We removed the trim piece and found a hole in the very corner of the slide box that allowed water to enter and migrate to the bottom of the Schwintek gear track and drip onto the carpet by the bed when the slide was retracted. There was no problem when the slide was extended because the water just dripped of the bottom of the gear track.

To prove our discovery was indeed the problem, we sealed the area reinstalled the trim piece and today after the silicone had set up we redid the water test. SUCCES !!! After doing the drown test the interior of the trailer remained dry. Tonight there is rain forecast and that will be our final test, but after water boarding the slide we are confident the trailer will remain dry.

So, what did we learn. One, we don't need the several hundred dollars worth of seals, etc. Although, we will replace the top wiper seal just because we have it and the one that is there is 5 years old. Two, water is a strange animal and leaks usually come from the most unexpected place. And 3. Try not to over think a problem. We, me, was ready to reinvent the whole seal system to solve this infuriating problem when a simple test showed the problem area. Well, we think it's fixed and we will put the unit I to storage for the winter. Now the next quest. Mouse proofing.

Thanks all to those that followed this thread and offered their experience and suggestions.
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Old 11-05-2019, 01:09 PM   #6
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Ok. Finally figured out how to do photos.

The first is after the repair was complete. The second is what we found after taking the trim piece off the slide fascia. The obvious round hole is where the attachment screw goes. Just to the left and slightly lower, about 7 o'clock, is where the water was ingressing the slide. We could see it dripping from the bottom of the Schwintek gear flange. Filled the hole with silicone, waited for it to set-up over night, put it all back together and water boarded the hell out of it and it stayed dry. So far so good, but we will keep a close eye on it till the spring. It's stored for the winter in our back yard so nice and close.

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Glad you found and repaired your leak. Was going to suggest you check this exact spot, had a similar leak on the bedroom slide on our 2010 Wildcat that was caused by exactly what you found. The water was running in a metal track along the bottom of the slide.
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Thanks for confirming that we aren't the only ones to have this problem. With all the strange things we've had go wrong with this unit we were afraid we were becoming paranoid or at least we had the sister of Christine in our back yard.

There has been lots of rain over the past few days and the unit is dry. So we are declaring this problem fixed.

Again we thank the Forum for their support and ideas in this "quest" to fix it.
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