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Old 07-12-2014, 07:05 AM   #1
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Successful Leak Test

Bought current RV in Oct 2013...drove it to RV park, cleaned it up, and then it rained overnight...water came in front passenger floor. Previous owner swore it never leaked for him. Had two mobile RV repairmen make five trips over next 9 months, and they caulked the begezus out of it. Took it out on three trips thinking it was fixed with last caulking, but still same leak after each time.
Finally took it to National RV in Conway, AR on 1 Jul 14. They performed a leak test and found the leak was the right side mirror, with water entering mirror, coming down wires, and then into passenger floor. Check out pic of soapy bubble on mirror. It made it through two major rain storms, so we picked it up on 11 Jul. Looking forward to short trip next week to set up and see if can weather a storm.
Lessons learned:
o After a couple of random caulk applications, I should have taken to dealer for leak test. Highly recommend.
o Make a short trip for first travel of season....much easier to drive home with a problem.
Will add post in couple of weeks to update on repair.
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:08 AM   #2
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Thanks got posting this. It will no doubt help others.


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Old 07-12-2014, 07:14 AM   #3
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The SealTech machine, while expensive, is the only definitive way to find leaks. I refuse to do any caulking or repair work unless I can use the machine. This prevents the repetitive callbacks, unhappy customers and of course the problem not being found as Water leak sources are never usually found where damage is evident. A word of caution though, once an area of concern is found with the sealtech machine and it is repaired, it is imperative to test again - once you start sealing up some areas and the pressure can increase inside, other areas of concern will start to appear. It may take 2-3 times using the sealtech and repairing/caulking certain areas before all sources of leaking are found.
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Old 07-12-2014, 10:17 PM   #4
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How expensive is the SealTech test? Does it depend on the size of the RV or what?
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:32 AM   #5
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Sarah, I just had ours done at RV Service of VA. It was normally $149.00, but since I saw it on their website and called to schedule an appointment they lowered the charge to $129.00. I would highly recommend it as my dealer ran a garden hose over area where I would get water intrusion and told me all was well.

They found the leak and then sealed the entire coach including windows, etc for right around $500. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:41 PM   #6
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Sarah: My leak test cost only $100, and the size of rig did not matter. I do not see the point of paying for another test if the dealer found the leak, fixed it, and then let it sit through two rainstorms and no leaks. People need to not make this hard...if it leaks somewhere else down the road, we'll just do it again!! Please also note that the leak test cost just finds the problem...it also costs to fix the problem, but that is what you went for in the first place!

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