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Old 08-24-2011, 06:15 PM   #1
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Interior roof wrinkling

I have a 1979 Winnebago Chieftain. I posted some pics in the 'Post your vintage photos here' thread, but I have a question about the roof near the air conditioner having wrinkles in it. Should I be worried about it?
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Most likely there is/was a leak there. Considering its right next to the AC I would suspect the AC gasket. Easy and simple fix if that is where it is leaking.
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Most likely there is/was a leak there. Considering its right next to the AC I would suspect the AC gasket. Easy and simple fix if that is where it is leaking.
I agree, the panel back of the wrinkled one looks like it's separated, there's a stain around the trim piece, and the staples in the trim look rusty.
Now, as to "an easy fix".
That depends on the roof structure. Fixing the leak may be the least of the OP's worries!!
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Ok, thank you. I have no idea how or when it wrinkled, I will keep an eye on it when/if I run the AC when I take it on it's maidan voyage next month.
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I agree, the panel back of the wrinkled one looks like it's separated, there's a stain around the trim piece, and the staples in the trim look rusty.
Now, as to "an easy fix".
That depends on the roof structure. Fixing the leak may be the least of the OP's worries!!
What would be the most of my worries? This is my first RV, I used to camp in a tent trailer, so all this is new to me.
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I think he was pointing out possible hidden damage. It can get quite expensive as well as alot of work if you choose to do it yourself. If possible get up on the roof and walk around wearing soft soled shoes and check for soft spots.
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I think he was pointing out possible hidden damage. It can get quite expensive as well as alot of work if you choose to do it yourself. If possible get up on the roof and walk around wearing soft soled shoes and check for soft spots.
Ok, thank you. I got a little (lot) nervous there. lol I'll have my son go up there, me and ladders are not on the best of terms. It's been sitting for a few years so I do believe it was from the AC and not leaking around the vent or I would think there would be more damage. And beng 32 years old, there's really telling when it leaked. The place I bought it from said that the AC only works on outside current, so I will be replacng it eventually unless I can figure out what's going on with it.
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I think the poster who said the A/C was possibly leaking did not mean that it was leaking when running. Usually it is the gasket that seals the A/C to the roof that leaks. That means it is leaking when it rains . If that is the case, the unit needs to come off and a new seal put on. Hope this helps.................ronspradley
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lol Oops. Real newbie here. Ok, that's different. Guess I'll have to get a hose and spray up there to find out if it leaks.
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