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Old 06-10-2014, 07:27 PM   #1
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Question Ever heard of a leaky hybrid?

Ok, so I have a brand new hybrid that has 3 small leaks in the canvas above the beds. Can someone recommend a good sealing material to use to get me by until I can get the warranty work done to repair my trailer?

I realize that the warranty should cover this repair, but I don't want to miss out on any weekends of camping this Summer waiting my turn in the repair shop.
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:25 PM   #2
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all new hybrids should have the canvas ends "seasoned" before you use the trailer.
all have paperwork stating this. you're supposed to wet the canvas ends down and then let them dry out. this lets the seam threads swell in the thread holes and then the seams will usually be sealed.
the dealer should have told you this during the PDI.

and are you sure this wasn't caused by condensation on the inside of the tent ends?
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Thanks!

Thanks Bikendan for the reply. My dealer did not review the seasoning process with me. I will go through my paperwork tonight to verify the instructions. Pretty sure that it wasn't condensation. There was enough of a puddle and moisture soaked in to the bedsheets to send me down the leak path.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:59 PM   #4
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That could still be condensation if no zippers were slightly open to allow ventilation.

Where was this puddle?

Can you replicate and isolate the leak with a sprinkler on it?

I have a small hole in the canvas of my back bunk right at the corner where it is attached to the camper. I used white duct tape on the inside and it seems fine. I've never had it rain on it though.
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On my last two hybrids (05', 13") the upper outer parts of the bunk ends ceilings had a vinyl covering. Making them almost impossible to leak, but causing more cases of condensation inside.
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I took delivery of my 233S Roo today. Because of this post I asked during the walk through about "seasoning" the threads. They looked at me like I was from outer space (France, actually). Well, lo and behold there it is in black and white with the included mountain of paperwork. Manf says to set up the camper as if it were raining outside and thoroughly soak the tents, and allow to dry before closing up. States that they use a thread that will swell and seal up pin holes.
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Finally! They use a thread that swells? That's why a hybrid is different from a pop-up.
I'd use seam sealer after all is said and done, too.
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I took delivery of my 233S Roo today. Because of this post I asked during the walk through about "seasoning" the threads. They looked at me like I was from outer space (France, actually). Well, lo and behold there it is in black and white with the included mountain of paperwork. Manf says to set up the camper as if it were raining outside and thoroughly soak the tents, and allow to dry before closing up. States that they use a thread that will swell and seal up pin holes.

well, it's way more common that the owner's manual paperwork, has a sheet from the manufacturer, regarding "seasoning" and care/maintenence of the canvas, than it is to be missing from the paperwork.
many newbies are overwhelmed with all of it and fail to look through everything in the manual packet.

i'm the type that reads every owner's manual i've ever gotten, from cover to cover, including my truck/car owner's manuals.
so, i found the canvas paperwork the very first time i went through the manual.
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Try Nikwax They are the authority on tent and camping water-proofing.
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