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Old 12-28-2018, 08:55 PM   #1
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Angry 5th wheel still leaking when it rains

The water comes in when it rains. Along the last rib close to the rear. Water runs along the rib and exits on the wall over the slide. If the trailer is perfectly level it will leak on both sides. The dealer has taken it apart resealed the air conditioner did a lot of work to no avail. It is currently at the dealer once again to find the leak. This could turn into a mold problem then forest river is really involved. Has anyone had a similar problem or know who to contact at forest river.
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Old 12-28-2018, 08:58 PM   #2
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The water comes in when it rains. Along the last rib close to the rear. Water runs along the rib and exits on the wall over the slide. If the trailer is perfectly level it will leak on both sides. The dealer has taken it apart resealed the air conditioner did a lot of work to no avail. It is currently at the dealer once again to find the leak. This could turn into a mold problem then forest river is really involved. Has anyone had a similar problem or know who to contact at forest river.
Can you post pictures please
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Old 12-28-2018, 09:03 PM   #3
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To figure out how to post the pictures I do have them because I gave them to the dealership. It is a cedar creek 2016 champagne this has been going on for two years it's been back to the dealer numerous times with no results.
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Old 12-28-2018, 09:33 PM   #4
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If everything on top has been resealed it may be getting in from the sides. (rain gutter and or screws)
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:37 AM   #5
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1st question is what type of a/c unit do you have? I have a 2017 Silverback 29 re with a Blizzard a/c unit mine was leaking at the same place after going through what you are doing, myself and a man in Washington state came up with the fix tape off the joint where the top and bottom pieces of your a/c unit comes together. Mine or his hasn't leaked since. If you have a Blizzard a/c unit try it. Good Luck
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Old 12-29-2018, 11:08 AM   #6
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I have a 2016 Champagne that has been leaking for over 6 months. Have tired everything. We are taking it in for a pressure test to try and find a next cause. We have had the air conditioner removed, resealed, holes plugged, new gaskets, j rails removed, re-sealed, roof re-sealed from front to back. Even tried several suggestions from Amish Repair with no luck . Nothing seems to work. This problem seems to be with other FR models other than the Champagne. There are multiple threads on this site and Facebook of others with the same problem. Good luck with finding the problem. I have attached a picture of where most are leaking. The air conditioner is a Domestic 13.5

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Old 12-29-2018, 01:49 PM   #7
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Fifth Wheeler That is where mine was leaking. I have a Dometic 13.5 a/c unit it is called the Blizzard. White top and black bottom the top does not go over the bottom they just meet. The water on mine was running into the cold air return duct then dripping just like yours. I put duct tape on the front of the unit
where the top and bottom meet and it has stopped leaking. Good luck
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Old 12-29-2018, 04:20 PM   #8
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JJCook - Thanks for your feedback, can you give me a little more information? More clarification, are you talking about the end where it comes to a point? If so, do you go with the tape up the left and right sides? Do you cover any of the slats on the sides? Thanks again...
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Old 12-29-2018, 07:53 PM   #9
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Fifth Wheelers No I did not cover any of the slots. It is the forward end of the a/c unit where the top and bottom halves meet. I went across the front and down both sides to the first screw on each side. Hope this helps.
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I had leak last year which turned out to be the joint on the gutter. The 'gutter' is just a small J-type plastic/molded piece. But they don't make one solid piece 40' long, so it's two pieces. Where those two pieces meet, there was caulk underneath, but NOT behind it. When we put geocell caulk behind it, the leak stopped.


It was hard to find because even when I got on the roof, that joined piece looked ok.
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Old 12-30-2018, 04:39 PM   #11
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I had the same leak and it started after they changed the mother board on the rear, main, air conditioner. Took it back to dealer and they took off the top cover, and the metal cover inside where they replaced the mother board. They resealed with silicone. It hasn't leaked in over a year.

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JJCook Will try the tape solution as soon as it quits raining, go figure. I also Googled "Domestic RV Blizzard leaking water" Lots of complaints about the top starting to leak after a year or two due to plastic top warping. Thanks for your help...
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Old 12-30-2018, 06:47 PM   #13
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BandJCharm Had the J rails on both sides removed cleaned and caulked, definitely could tell that water had been behind the J rails. Unfortunately it didn't fix the leak on mine. Thanks.
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Friend has a cardinal 5vr and the tv antenna leaked around the screw in the mount and would run along the ceiling and dripped on bed. Check antenna mount if it is located in the back. They had to have the whole antenna mounting unit replaced.

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Update:

I used Dicor on the four A/C mounting bolts and RV Silicone to seal up the open holes that were recommended. FYI, I found lots of good information by doing a Google "Domestic Blizzard RV water leak". Finally I used Gorilla tape to seal off the joint where the upper and lower pieces of the A/C unit come together. Thanks to JJCook for the recommendation.

It has now rained on and off very hard over the last 24 hours and not a drop yet inside. Defiantly on the right track. Thanks to everyone for your help.
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