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Old 10-26-2015, 06:51 PM   #1
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Gimmick or Not

Just dropped the RV (2011 Coachman Concorde) off for a few service items. The Service Center is instituting a new 17 point check system when you drop off an RV (Batteries, tires, slide tracks and seals etc). While I understand the importance of ensuring seals (silicone) at places that are capped, I was kind of thrown when they offered to pressurize the cabin to see if there were leaks around the windows. a) how do you even pressurize the cabin when you have a/c, plastic vents etc b0 there are at least one inch rubber gaskets around every window that show no sign of wear or weatherizing.
One and one aren't making sense, but I am a newbie.
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Old 10-26-2015, 07:03 PM   #2
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Just dropped the RV (2011 Coachman Concorde) off for a few service items. The Service Center is instituting a new 17 point check system when you drop off an RV (Batteries, tires, slide tracks and seals etc). While I understand the importance of ensuring seals (silicone) at places that are capped, I was kind of thrown when they offered to pressurize the cabin to see if there were leaks around the windows. a) how do you even pressurize the cabin when you have a/c, plastic vents etc b0 there are at least one inch rubber gaskets around every window that show no sign of wear or weatherizing.
One and one aren't making sense, but I am a newbie.
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by pressurizing the cabin they can "listen" for leaks with an ultrasonic leak detector (I own one myself). It is not pressurizing , like in 100 PSI in tires , only 2 to 5 PSI an a lot of volume to flow enough air to get a pressure differential so the smalls holes will "whistle" and this can be detected with the ultrasonic detector.
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Old 10-26-2015, 07:09 PM   #3
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You can do it yourself with some cardboard and a leaf blower then just spray soapy water around the suspected leaks. That's the usual method in shops too.
There is at least one company that makes a special blower and vent unit too, lots of shops have invested in that also.
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Old 10-26-2015, 07:18 PM   #4
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Not a gimmick provided they do it right and have the right equipment. Pressurizing the RV may provide info on leaks depending on the quality of construction. There are a lot of pieces that are fit together to provide an escape path for pressurized air.
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Old 10-27-2015, 06:30 AM   #5
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Just dropped the RV (2011 Coachman Concorde) off for a few service items. The Service Center is instituting a new 17 point check system when you drop off an RV (Batteries, tires, slide tracks and seals etc). While I understand the importance of ensuring seals (silicone) at places that are capped, I was kind of thrown when they offered to pressurize the cabin to see if there were leaks around the windows. a) how do you even pressurize the cabin when you have a/c, plastic vents etc b0 there are at least one inch rubber gaskets around every window that show no sign of wear or weatherizing.
One and one aren't making sense, but I am a newbie.
Thoughts!
Thank you everyone for your information. This is what I love about these types of forums, those who have walked before you can share their experiences.
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Old 10-27-2015, 06:57 AM   #6
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Common sense tells me this is a bit over the top and perhaps a way of getting a few more bucks out of the public. I'm not saying it's not a bad idea but kind of like the use of nitrogen in tires. Yea it might make some differences but when the air already contains 78% nitrogen and now they want to charge you $40 or so to add pure nitrogen. The benefits outweighed the costs.

One valid reason it is sometimes used right from the dealership is the FEDS mandated that all cars have tire pressure sensors. When the temps drop the dealers are/were covered up with un-knowledgeable people taking the vehicle in for a low tire warning light.

There are a lot of areas where air will flow in and out. Behind the dash and around the firewall is one and it would be very difficult to get to it so it could be sealed. If you had a window seal leaking all larger holes would have to be plugged so the air pressure would build enough to force air through the smaller tighter leaks around windows and such.

If a slide is not sealing correctly a visual inspection should reveal it. The same may be true for a window leaking because it is not seated correctly against the coach outside and inside walls. A door leaking would be the same. Misaligned hinges, bent door frames, rubber gasket missing, not installed correctly or not pressed against the sealing surface are all visual items.

Just don't think there's a cost benefit in its use but I could be wrong.

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I drove 100 miles one way to get that pressure test done. Peace of mind was worth the drive. Found a few places for lap seal on the roof before winter snow. Assured me that the marker lights which I thought might be a problem are tight as a drum. Will probably make this an every 5 yr routine.
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Well worth the money if they find a leak that is in a difficult location. At least that was my experience.
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System is called Sealtec (I think Sealtec 2000) They seal all the vents save one and hook up a big blower to that one (Sealed to it) and yes it works, Been around since.. Well I first heard of it in 2005 but then I bought this RV in 2005. Many have had it done. I even know some people who had it done. and it works.
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