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Old 02-17-2012, 08:47 AM   #1
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Leak in slideout

Bought this 98 Golden Falcon 35RLTS last year. It sits on the same site all year. Since owning it I have had to seal all the slides where the rubber roof meets the facia sidewall due to deteriorating caulk. I cleaned out all the caulk, covered with tar tape and gave the repaired area a good coating of Lanco Siliconizer (bought at Home Depot). All the slides seemed fine except my living room slide. The back corner next to the couch is showing signs of moisture on both the back and side wall of the slide in the corner (wall developing ripples plus getting spongy). I cannot see any voids that would allow any water to enter into the walls. The only thing I can imagine is that it is leaking around the windows. What are the possibilities that this is where the leak is? It doesn't seem like they would leak given their design plus a new RV doesn't have caulk around the windows. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:05 AM   #2
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Leaks can be the most puzzling things. Even though it may show in one place, the intrusion might be well away from where the wet spot is. Nothings short of having a professional look for it might work. Complete another inspection of all the areas equal in height to your leak (water doesnt run up) , but be very critical of all areas that have been caulked. If you cant figure it out take it too a pro. The damage is ongoing and getting it sorted out, either by you or a pro will prevent any further (Expensive) damage.
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Leaks can be the most puzzling things. Even though it may show in one place, the intrusion might be well away from where the wet spot is. Nothings short of having a professional look for it might work. Complete another inspection of all the areas equal in height to your leak (water doesnt run up) , but be very critical of all areas that have been caulked. If you cant figure it out take it too a pro. The damage is ongoing and getting it sorted out, either by you or a pro will prevent any further (Expensive) damage.
Thanks Fred, I agree I need to do another inspection. Unfortunatly, my fiver is permanently sitting in an RV park and has an aluminum awning attached, plus a regular household toilet was installed with premanent waste plumbing. Not to mention I no longer own a tow vehicle. So, I can't bring it to a dealer or repair shop. I have ordered some Proflex RV Sealant and will attack the problem when it arrives. Also, I did do some repair on the slide roof with tar tape. When it rains, there are no puddles and only the rippled wall covering which could be old damage. Just don't want it to get any worse, so I will tape, caulk and pray, not necessarily in that order.
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