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Old 10-28-2020, 10:01 PM   #1
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Leaking Storage Bay Door Seals?

Recently we purchased a 2020 Kountry Star 3426. Generally very happy with it, but two days ago we drove several hours in the rain.

Today when I went into one of our passenger side storage areas, I found the compartment carpeting was soaked and there was standing water in it. Further checking shows additional water intrusion in the pass through compartment and the exterior TV bay.

Is this a normal (or even occasional) problem with Newmar slam latch doors? I keep them all locked while driving and see no obvious gaps in the door seals but haven't had similar problems in two prior RVs.
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Recently we purchased a 2020 Kountry Star 3426. Generally very happy with it, but two days ago we drove several hours in the rain.

Today when I went into one of our passenger side storage areas, I found the compartment carpeting was soaked and there was standing water in it. Further checking shows additional water intrusion in the pass through compartment and the exterior TV bay.

Is this a normal (or even occasional) problem with Newmar slam latch doors? I keep them all locked while driving and see no obvious gaps in the door seals but haven't had similar problems in two prior RVs.
More likely water is coming from the dual wheels and than into basement by way of the frame rails. This is a common issue with Newmar, mine included
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Old 10-28-2020, 10:18 PM   #3
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Check your door seals. I had issues with three doors where the seals had gaps in them.
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Old 10-29-2020, 08:46 AM   #4
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Good morning all. Is this a widespread problem with Newmars - specifically, have any NewAire owners experienced this? Having a lot of stored items in the basement, I would like to perform any inspections (or have the service center do so) before travelling into wet fall/winter weather. I am ready for failing windows, bad DEF head etc... and would like to be ready for water in the basement anamolies. As always, any inormation is very appreciated! Be well!
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Old 11-22-2020, 01:17 AM   #5
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I have the exact same problem and a new 2020 Kountry Star.
3 wet boxes and all water sytems checked ok, hope you can let me know what you find and I'll do the same.
I went through snow and rain so I will take a closer look at the seals and imprint of the door and how it seals against the rubber.
Dont have dual wheels but wondered about that too, water sloshing up into the frame and running into different areas.
My wetest box was left rear, then the pegboard water tank box was very wet then the box behind it has a small wet spot.
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Mine is the 3426 also, what a coinsidence?
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Correction, I do have dual wheels too.
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It is not normal and should be fixed. While it is possible to come in the doors, it is most likely coming in through the wheel wells from the wiring bundles or around the frame penetrations. We had leaks repaired at Nappannee while we were under warranty. They did an excellent job.
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Yes my 2017 CS has taken on moisture in a couple of the bays. Examining mine you could see when they install the door latch mechanism it intrudes onto the weather strip. I Put a light inside the bay, close the door and you can see light coming out.... we call that a clue. So I used a thin black house hold weatherstripping and attached it to the inside of the door latch mechanism.... no more light, so no more moisture. Yep kind of dumb to see that kind of stuff on these expensive Riggs but as we call it, ‘the carefree RV lifestyle’. lol
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So thankful for your help!
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I've checked for water intrusion after every rain while we've been stationary in RV parks and not seen any signs of leakage. The problem seems to only occur when driving in the rain.
We have an appointment with the dealer we bought from in mid December so hopefully they can resolve it. If not, I guess Indiana will be on our schedule.
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I had the same problem with my 2014 Canyon Star. You could see light at the bottom of some of the doors. I used an index card to check the tightness of the door seal from the bottom. Five door seals were replaced with a larger seal under warranty by Newmar. Still had water leakage after the repair so I purchased a larger seal off Amazon. AP Products 018-181-BB, 1.5" x3/4" x25' double bulb seal. No leakage now. Hope this helps.
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