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Old 07-11-2016, 01:42 PM   #1
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Like rain but not in Trailer.

Hi. Any body have this problem?
I am a very long time RV'er, B.C., Cape Breton Nova Scotia, California, Florida, and Alaska to Fairbanks, including town of North Pole Alaska.
In 1997 we bought a brand new 26' Jayco Eagle travel trailer.
This year I found rain water splashing onto the trailer roof, back up under the fridge roof vent cover, and then down in the vent to and into the floor compartment of the hot water tank beside the fridge, rotting the floor at the hot water tank area. Water heater proved to not be the culprit, as water continued to show up after I removed the water tank completely, and sealed the outside opening.
To try and fix the leak I added 1 and 1/2 inch of height to both sides of the vent opening using 2 strips of aluminum 21 inches long. The vent is 6" by 24". Since then, there has been no more water on the plastic I temporarily covered the vent opening with, and no more water in the heater tank area. I am waiting for the big rain to really tell. I believe this is a design flaw and has been going on for years. Jayco service in Virden has not heard of this problem.
Thanks very much.
John
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Old 07-11-2016, 02:12 PM   #2
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Sometimes you have to wonder who designs these things. We bought an 1988 Gulfstream Hi Rise back in 2000 and have restored/customized it over the years. But the one thing that made me question the designers sanity, was the Roof!. It's a flat roof with a rounded raised edge about one inch high. Should you park and get the thing perfectly level, You have a lake on the roof. We discovered this our first trip south for the winter. After a big rain storm, we woke up to water poring in thru the TV antenna crank up unit in the ceiling. The opening where the antenna went thru the roof was raised about 1/2" and the lake was flowing in. Why oh Why not a crowned roof design so water would just flow OFF Instead of IN!!
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Old 07-12-2016, 12:10 AM   #3
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Roof vent leak

Hi.
I hope the words " Reply to thread " refers to me answering you. Hope so.
Anyway thanks a lot for replying. Never communicated like this before.
Yes some of these designers don't take into consideration water is not always blasting out the back as you fly down the highway. Sometimes you do park the thing.
Regarding my situation. To help with preventing rain from splashing in our roof fridge vent, besides the raised sides on the vent, I added more layers of roof sealant to the roof, right around the vent area. In doing so it elevates the surface removing any standing water in that immediate area. It should help.
I always have been curious about defective or problematic things. It is fun to try and find cures. I told my kids I could buy a particular tool for $10.00 but I'd have more fun making one. Example a tire tread thickness gauge. I took an old tire gauge and turned it into a tire tread thickness gauge. It does not tell thickness in millimeters but allows me to see which tire has more wear that the next, regarding tire rotating. I could have bought a racoon live trap but had enormous amount of fun making one. I grew up on a small farm where we didn't have much money so had to make do. Even so, I enjoyed my life growing up on the farm.
I'm no expert but for you I'm thinking lengthen the shaft that goes through the roof. But probably it is cast and made specific to its present set up, not allowing for a reproduction of sorts. As an alternative, recessing the crank handle end into the ceiling and raising the shaft with a collar out on the shaft that comes through the roof that would cut the water out. Anyway maybe the roof structure would not allow that. Hard to say without knowing the particular roof setup there. I must make it clear, I am no pro by any means.
Anyway, thank you for replying to me.
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The "Post Reply" is just a means for people to join in the conversation. As for motorhome I left the antenna up and trimmed a tree with it. The replacement antenna is a much better design and eliminates the problem. This is a really good site for RV related issues and questions.
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Old 07-18-2016, 09:58 AM   #5
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Hi. Our computer monitor died. and just now back with new monitor.
Well, removal of antena that away does fix the problem in the end.
My raising the sides on the vent fixed our problem. Will have to monitor it on the highway though.
Nice chatting with you
Newbie John.
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John - fortunately, I don't have water problems in my rig. Just need to ensure that all the roof seals are tight before we leave this fall.

You're from Virden? Manatoba?
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