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Old 12-30-2018, 08:47 AM   #1
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Unhappy Outside storage compartments getting wet

Hello all and TIA for any suggestions,

I have an 04 Itasca Sunrise 32V. Two of my outside storage compartments are getting wet when it rains. The one directly behind the drivers side and the last one on the passenger side. I cannot figure out where or how the rain is getting in but its getting worse. The passenger side compartment rubber seal was wet the whole way around but the drivers side seems to be coming in at the top left front corner of the compartment. Everything is getting mildew on it. I need to fix this issue asap.

It's driving me nuts! Please help!

Peggy
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A new rubber seal should fix the passenger side, but it sounds like you will have to empty out the other one and do a little looking around. Get a flashlight and shine around in it after dark while someone watches from the outside.
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The one directly behind the drivers side and the last one on the passenger side. I cannot figure out where or how the rain is getting in but its getting worse. The passenger side compartment rubber seal was wet the whole way around but the drivers side seems to be coming in at the top left front corner of the compartment. Everything is getting mildew on it. I need to fix this issue asap.
Behind the drivers side what? Drivers front or rear tire?
Do you have large mud flaps installed? If not, mud flaps can stop all the spray coming off your tires which is probably causing this.

It you have no mud flaps, the water can be thrown up under the compartment and seep in from underneath thru cracks and seams in the bay compartment bottom and metal frame. On my front left front compartment, right behind the front tire I have a lot of electronics and fuses in that bay. As a precaution, I not only installed some large, custom mud flaps that I made, but I also got up under the chassis and water proofed the entire bottom of that compartment with several coats of 3M water sealant. You can also use a product like the link below. Just clean that area really good and apply several coats to totally water proof the bottom of that compartment.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005SGM0YK...A1TTB2MXHGYRTJ

On the back passenger bay...
Same thing, if you don't have large mud flaps get some. Then since that bay door seal is wet all around the door obviously isn't making good contact with the rubber seal...and there's really no way to adjust those doors to press tighter against that seal. A new seal could fix that, but ff upon inspection, that seal looks OK, what you could do as a fix is, go to HD and buy like a 3/8" wide, self adhesive roll of weather stripping and put that all around the inside of your door where the bay seal hits it when closed. That way you have the weather stripping on the door, pushing up against the seal in the bay and those together may seal off water getting in.

In the mean time, if you haven't already, empty everything out of those bays, go to Walmart and buy a little fan and begin to dry out those areas and then treat the mildew and get that musty smell out of there.

My 2 cents.

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Our MH(see sig) developed a leak in the compartment in front of drivers front wheel.
I finally looked up and noticed an access panel in the roof of that compartment. I removed the screws that hold the exterior panel in place (screws are inside compartment). That was the source of the water intrusion. I cleaned everything, applied permatex to the panel and replaced it. That stopped the water leak. That panel was for access to the leveling module that is under the floor- below the driver seat, so I moved that module into that compartment for easy access when it requires tweaking to automatically level.
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Hello all and TIA for any suggestions,

I have an 04 Itasca Sunrise 32V. Two of my outside storage compartments are getting wet when it rains. The one directly behind the drivers side and the last one on the passenger side. I cannot figure out where or how the rain is getting in but its getting worse. The passenger side compartment rubber seal was wet the whole way around but the drivers side seems to be coming in at the top left front corner of the compartment. Everything is getting mildew on it. I need to fix this issue asap.

It's driving me nuts! Please help!

Peggy
I have a compartment that gets wet from time to time. My problem is with the handles on some plastic storage bins. I removed the handles and now the door closes snug against the gasket.
I had another compartment leak that I could not find for the longest time. It turned out to be a hidden leak under a factory seam over the compartment that was not sealed correctly. It looked good but it was not.
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If either of the compartments have lights in the ceiling remove the lenses and check for signs of water. The compartments in our 2001 Adventurer had ceiling lights and from time to time we would find the compartment floors wet. After a lot of searching we found water could enter the light fixture from above where the wire penetrates the cabinet.

After a while the lens would fill and drain into the cabinet. I removed the fixtures and applied a little RTV to the screw holes and where the wire penetrated the cabinet. Problem solved
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I had many small leaks, but they made a big mess of things in my compartments. And this is on a new rig!

I put a powerful shop light in the compartment, closed the door tightly, and crawled under and around the outside of the compartment at night. Everyplace light shown through got the caulk treatment. A heavy black rubbery stuff. It is very easy to see what is going on with cracks, seams, and screw penetrations with this method. (It is also very easy to see the lack of care and concern at the factory.)

Nice to have dry compartments now!
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A new rubber seal should fix the passenger side, but it sounds like you will have to empty out the other one and do a little looking around. Get a flashlight and shine around in it after dark while someone watches from the outside.
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Thank you for this tip! Everyone has been very helpful and I will try all suggestions till I find the culprit!!
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Awesome suggestion! I will try everything!! Thanks so much!
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Thanks everyone for your help! Greatly appreciated!
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I finally solved leaking problems and two of my compartments by wire brushing the outside of the compartment seams everywhere I could reach, then sealing every seam I could reach with my finger and silicone caulk, and then I put two layers of spray-on auto undercoat everywhere I could reach on the outside of the compartment. I had already done seals and numerous other things with no success. If you use the spray undercoat, be sure to mask off any area you don't want the stuff to get on including your tires. But if you do get some on the coach it can be removed with WD-40.
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