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Old 11-15-2014, 11:37 AM   #1
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Just bought RV with leak

We just purchased a class c. According to the dealer we bought it from there are no leaks. I notice that above the front bunk area some leak previous leak evidence. They caulked the roof seams but did not caulk the front running lights and the window. The roof from the running lights and up is very solid. My question is can I stop this situation from getting worse? And not have the dreaded bunk area rot out from water damage.

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Old 11-15-2014, 11:51 AM   #2
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I'll assume that it is used. Will it last???? That's a question that has no answer unless it is looked at with some care. Maybe the damage is already done but won't surface until way later down the road.

There's also no assurance that what they did stopped the leaking. It should be taken back to the dealer to see if they will investigate further to determine if possible the extent of the original damage. A better option would be to take it back the manufacturer. They have the ability to take it apart and investigate correctly. They are also more familiar with these types of issues on the exact same coach and may already know what to do and can probably determine how much damage it can or did do. Just putting more caulk on the same problem won't always fix the issue.

If it is used then is may be your expense since most times they are sold. "AS IS." I also wouldn't allow the dealer to fix it. They just don't usually have the expertise or tools to do a major issue like that. It will cost you more now but perhaps even more later.

Best of luck with it!!


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Old 11-15-2014, 10:03 PM   #3
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Not sure if I'm correct but your listed as Hoosiers??? Are you in Indiana and if so where about. I've had good luck with a guy in Goshen. They found a leak in my coach that had been there since it left the factory. They cut out the rotted area, repaired and resealed the roof and replace the interior ceiling (padded ceiling material) you can't tell anyone has ever been in the coach for repair. If interested send a p.m and I'll get you his number. Nice guy and has worked in the camper industry for yrs.
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Old 11-17-2014, 02:56 PM   #4
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What's the best way to handle water stained fabric headliner? I have a 2001 coachmen santara with mild staining. Any prior experience would be appreciated.
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Old 11-19-2014, 10:34 AM   #5
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stained headliner.

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What's the best way to handle water stained fabric headliner? I have a 2001 coachmen santara with mild staining. Any prior experience would be appreciated.
I would check yellow pages for local business that deals with hazard fire damage. There's a local place to me that deals with the clean up of vehicles that include suicides and I've had first hand knowledge and see the end results of the clean up of a life taken inside the car. It was amazing that the clean up was un detectable.
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:43 PM   #6
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I don't know this for a fact, however, Mine had a leak when I purchased it and the only way I felt comfortable that there would be no leak was to replace the roof myself. it took me a week to do by myself but was worth it it only cost me 1100 for the edpm roof and that was a complete kit on a 32 footer. the hard part was taking of the ac unit by myself and replacing it and getting the new roof up there it is heavy to climb a ladder with it on your shoulder/back. but I don't worry about leaks anymore
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Old 12-15-2014, 05:25 AM   #7
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Sometimes caluk is not good enough. THis is what I did. Sealing Leaky Metal Roof

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