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Old 07-27-2012, 11:51 AM   #1
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Odd water leak at the door

Okay folks this one has me stumped. Water is dripping from the rolled up awning onto the top of the door frame of my 23' Tahoe trailer. From there it runs right inside the frame and down to the floor inside the trailer. The door gasket looks to be okay and I did wipe it down with Armor-all. I put a stick on gutter above the door thinking the rain may have been running down the side of the rig but there was water on the door frame this morning after a light shower over night.

Looking at the rig this morning there was no water on the side above the door, only dripping off the awning onto the upper frame where it is attached to the rig side panel. Any ideas out there? I did even try some additional weather stripping but that had no effect either.

Thanks - Phil in drippy Washington on the Island of Whidbey!
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Sounds like the top of the door frame did not get selaed properly. Try caulking the outer seam on top of the door frame.

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The water is not running down inside the frame, it is running down the inside of the door. The door frame has a rounded piece above the door itself and the water is dripping from the unrolled awning onto this and then down the inside of the door proper. I will try and get some pictures today that may help.

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Check the top of the door and make sure there are no open seams or holes. Also check the door gasket fro full contact.

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I did the dollar bill test and the gasket seems to be okay. It is odd that it seems to be leaking in the center of the door and the only place the gasket does not have a really tight seal is towards the unhinged side of the door. Still looking and open to suggestions.

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How about taping the top of the door edge with masking tape and try watering it down to see if you find a leak.

You may need to do a pressure test using a yard blower to pressurize the unit and then get the soap bubbles after it.

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Sounds like the stick-on gutter is not diverting the water to the sides of the door frame. As suggested, I'd check door frame to siding caulk, door seal, and that gutter's seal to the side of the trailer.
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Or, you may have a leak on the roof that is running down the inside of the wall and exiting on the inside of the door. I had a similar problem that was coming out at a window. I kept thinking that the problem had to be around the window until I finally checked the roof.
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I was having the same problem and found that the seal around the window on the door was leaking.
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