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Old 02-22-2020, 05:42 PM   #1
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Water in the Front Cap

We have tons of rain here in Louisiana. I have been here a month, and my hydraulic jacks have settled. This has happened in the past on long stays, I re-leveled the 5th wheel, and lots of water came out the front seam of the front cap. No water in basement, no water in bedroom. I assume it must enter from the top seam, where it meets the roof of the cap. I have not been up on the roof, too old. I guess I will have someone look at it.
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Old 02-22-2020, 06:36 PM   #2
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our 37rth leaked into the front cap, it was the plastic diverters in the lower corners of the front living room slides, found this to be a common problem
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Old 02-22-2020, 07:42 PM   #3
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Sounds like a job for Eternabond tape...

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tape it and forget it
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Old 02-22-2020, 07:45 PM   #4
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Sounds like a job for Eternabond tape...

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tape it and forget it
Since the crack is at a junction, I don't think tape will cut it. I put some silicone sealer on the crack to see if that works.
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Old 02-22-2020, 07:49 PM   #5
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Since the crack is at a junction, I don't think tape will cut it.
Exactly what the tape is designed for... cover gaps and cracks... it is NOT duct tape, it is flexible and waterproof plus very sticky... once on it does not come off and has a 10 year warranty when properly applied...
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Since the crack is at a junction, I don't think tape will cut it. I put some silicone sealer on the crack to see if that works.
You obviously have never used eternabond? Silicon sealer wonít last. If anything use should use self leveling Dicor sealant, probably both eternabond and Dicor.
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Old 02-22-2020, 08:16 PM   #7
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There is quite a long thread here from a while back about RV's with a front cap seam leak. The fix for many people, including our RV, was eternabond across the top seam and clear caulking down the side seams. I used 6" Eternabond on the top and Lexel on the side seams and haven't had an issue in the years since I applied it.

Please do not, nor let anybody else, put silicone on your RV.
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Old 02-22-2020, 08:53 PM   #8
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Sorry, my bad. I posted two problems. One for cracked wheel, and one for front cap leak. When I responded above, I thought it was for cracked wheel.

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Old 02-24-2020, 07:57 PM   #9
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For what it is worth, check the rubber grommets that the clearance lights are mounted in. Mine were not installed correctly and were very loose. You have to pop the light out, push the grommet in until the groove on the inner part of the grommet snaps around the edge of the fiberglass, then push the light back in which expands the grommet and keeps it in place. It's a pain in the ass without a big ladder being 13 feet up and takes a fair amount of force to put them in right.

Some tips- Don't let the plug in the back of the light fall out and drop the wires back in the hole when you pull the light out. 2. Spray the light with soapy water or some kind of lubricant when you are putting it back in the grommet. It will be tight if you have everything in correctly and this makes the battle a little easier. Good luck
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Old 02-24-2020, 09:38 PM   #10
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Quote: Since the crack is at a junction, I don't think tape will cut it. I put some silicone sealer on the crack to see if that works.

A better sealer to use on you RV is LEXEL. I found it available at LOWES.
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