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Old 05-19-2020, 10:36 AM   #1
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Water intrusion at entry

I've got a head scratcher as to where the water is entering. About 2 weeks ago we had a torrential rain over night and when I woke up in the morning there was an inch of water sitting on my bottom step. The door gasket (seal) kept it from seeping out. The door awning was extended.


Last night we had rain and I found the same thing but to a much lesser degree and again the awning was extended. This time it looks like the water was seeping in from the back of the bottom step (see picture).



After the first incident, I water tested with a hose and soaked the roof, windshield seals and around the door. I had some water intrusion on the top door seal but it had been shielded by the awning. All other areas stayed dry.


Any thoughts on where I should look next? Based on where it's entering, the windshield may be the culprit, but I cant recreate it with the water hose.


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Old 05-19-2020, 11:34 AM   #2
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Any water intrusion from the passenger side of the front cap could end up where you found it. I'm thinking of others who had leaks from the top running lights that wound up in the stairwell. Water coming in can run down the frame to the bulkhead and onto the stair. Same with windshield.


An inch of water is a lot. I would expect you could find the entry point using a hose, but you may need an assistant to sit by the stairs as you try different areas.


Good luck.
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Thanks Larry (Ljwt330). I didn't think about the clearance lights. I'll get on a ladder and check as well as another water test.
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Thanks Larry (Ljwt330). I didn't think about the clearance lights. I'll get on a ladder and check as well as another water test.
I've a leak that wets the carpet on bottom step riser.
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Old 05-28-2020, 06:43 PM   #5
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I'm still hunting it down. It wasn't the clearance lights so my next logical guess is the windshield perimeter seal. I have a couple of windshield chips and one new one has a spider crack started so insurance replacement is in my near future. I'm hoping a new properly sealed windshield solves it.
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You may have to hold the hose on the coach for a while to resemble what you are getting from the rain. Sometimes you can have a leak but it may take a good soaking before it leaks enough to travel down and to the step area. I had a similar issue and it ended up coming in from the entry door perimeter seal. I did not have a door awning on that coach but I have had water intrusion on a previous coach that got past the awnings. Sometimes it just takes a while for the water to travel there. It all runs down hill.
Also I had a windshield that would leak only on a hard driving rain. I had a guy tell from Country Coach to always start at the top because most water leaks start there.
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Ed,

I would suggest you test the door seals particularly top and bottom. most of our coaches are not perfectly level from side to side and it could be coming in the door and pooling against the riser pretty easily if your coach is even a degree or so leaning to the driver side.
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