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Old 09-16-2021, 07:28 PM   #1
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Water Leak - Rear Closet

After a week of rain I noticed water coming out of my 4369 rear closet light assembly. The insulation above the ceiling is wet. Not sure how to dry having access only through the 1 in hole behind the light assembly. Anyone know how the closet ceiling panel comes out? Anyone have this problem before? I sealed one potential problem on the roof, but not sure that was the problem. Also noticed side drains are clogged again. I cleaned them out a couple of months ago.
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Old 09-17-2021, 05:01 AM   #2
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Check the hold down bolts on the air conditioners. All three of mine were very loose and water was running through a ceiling light above the passenger chair. No more leaks since tightening the bolts.
Additionally, check all the caulking and seem tape on the roof.
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Old 09-17-2021, 05:17 AM   #3
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I had a similar situation with the panel over the entry door/drivers seat in my coach. I stopped the leak but getting the area above the panel dry presented me the problem. I removed the other lights in the panel just letting them hang by the wires and then I stuffed a micro fiber towel up into the holes far enough that then would stay but the lowest part of the towel below the hanging lights.
Then I placed a container under every hole with a towel stuffed in it. In a short amount of time the towels soaked the water from above the panel and it started to drip into the containers below. I was amazed at how quickly the water came down the towels, and how much water was up there. It was very dry in a couple days. Then when no more water came out using the towels I purchased a dehumidifier and let it run full time in the RV with a hose hooked up to it and let it empty into the shower. RV was very dry in a couple weeks.
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Old 09-17-2021, 02:44 PM   #4
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Some good ideas. Thanks.
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Old 09-17-2021, 03:10 PM   #5
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How far away is the nearest ceiling vent fan? If you pull the bezel for any ceiling fan (just remove the four screws and pull it down gently) you can get access to the interior of the ceiling and if you are within a few feet, you can move insulation aside temporarily to allow airflow into an area.

Recently my middle AC gasket leaked and it came out of the vent about two feet away. By pulling the vent bezel I could reach all the way to the ducting where it was dripping out by following the damp insulation "path." I toweled it a bit, then just left that bezel off and in two days everything in the area was dry as a bone. Pulled the insulation back into place, replaced the bezel and all is fine.

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