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Old 09-26-2020, 02:38 PM   #1
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We have a 2003 Holiday Rambler Vacationer. When we bought it almost 2 years ago, it had numerous water leaks. We have stopped all but one. For this leak, I have had 3 different repair shops try to resolve it unsuccessfully. The repair shops all have said the seal is a replacement. My seal was correctly installed and there are no problems with the seal. This leak occurs with the slide in or out. The leak is always at the bottom corner of the slide cutout. It can't be reproduced using a water hose. It seems to occur after a long rain.

What have others done for slide leaks that no one can fix or stop. I currently have aluminum duct in the corner. The tape is shaped to drain into a plastic catch pan.

I look forward to reading your suggestions. I hope to get some novel solutions others have used for this problem.

Thanks folks and I look forward to reading your replies.
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I know from our past conversations that you have had some leaks similar to the ones I have had (i.e., through the face of the bedroom slide).

I have been working over the past two months to find and stop a serious leak from the roof. I ended up doing what I didn't want to do- remove the roof-wall joint cap rail and refasten the joint with over 100 stainless steel rivets. This problem, and the fix, has been discussed before on iRV2, and is nothing new to a number of Monaco coach owners. There were a lot of rusty screws along our coach's roof-wall joint, and it appeared as if someone had made some prior repairs there.

(By the way, I want to say "Thank you!" publicly to Chris, Dustin and Amy at Talin Manufacturing. They let me pester them about leaks and the roof-wall joint refastening process.)

I finally have everything reassembled and sealed. Tomorrow is "leak test day." We'll see.

The above is rather a long way of asking if you have considered the possibility that your coach's roof-wall joint might need repair, as mine did.
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I know from our past conversations that you have had some leaks similar to the ones I have had (i.e., through the face of the bedroom slide).

I have been working over the past two months to find and stop a serious leak from the roof. I ended up doing what I didn't want to do- remove the roof-wall joint cap rail and refasten the joint with over 100 stainless steel rivets. This problem, and the fix, has been discussed before on iRV2, and is nothing new to a number of Monaco coach owners. There were a lot of rusty screws along our coach's roof-wall joint, and it appeared as if someone had made some prior repairs there.

(By the way, I want to say "Thank you!" publicly to Chris, Dustin and Amy at Talin Manufacturing. They let me pester them about leaks and the roof-wall joint refastening process.)

I finally have everything reassembled and sealed. Tomorrow is "leak test day." We'll see.

The above is rather a long way of asking if you have considered the possibility that your coach's roof-wall joint might need repair, as mine did.

Mark-- Thank you for the reply! My upper belt line is rock solid. It is in place and undisturbed.
We had a bad leak in the wall of the bedroom slide. We accidentally discovered the skylight flange over the shower was cracked. As it would rain the double walled skylight would fill with water. It would drain off through the bedroom walls. Finding this one drove us crazy. We replaced the skylight and sealed it with way more than was necessary. This stopped the leaks except the current one.
I think the water is getting past the seals around the slide. It drains off the top and comes down the vertical slide wall and into coach at the lower corner of the slide. This leak is hard replicate because it takes lots of rain. A hose won't do it.
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Old 09-28-2020, 11:10 AM   #4
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We have one slide out seal that sometimes leaks. Our slide out seal is designed to flip when the slide is out. It has a strip of anti skid that runs vertically up the side. The idea is the seal rubs on this strip and flips going out.
I can go outside and use a plastic tool to manually flip the seal and then it doesn't leak.

You could try some slide out seal conditioner on it.
https://www.amazon.com/Premium-Slide.../dp/B000NJ6EZ8
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We have one slide out seal that sometimes leaks. Our slide out seal is designed to flip when the slide is out. It has a strip of anti skid that runs vertically up the side. The idea is the seal rubs on this strip and flips going out.
I can go outside and use a plastic tool to manually flip the seal and then it doesn't leak.

You could try some slide out seal conditioner on it.
https://www.amazon.com/Premium-Slide-Rubber-Conditioner-Protectantt/dp/B000NJ6EZ8

Thank you for sharing. I already manually flip the seals. I also use 303 protectant on them to keep the rubber soft, pliable. I wish the fix to my leak problem could be this easy. You were very fortunate to have such a simple fix to stop your water intrusion.
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I donít know if this will help you or not as Iím not sure if your bottom corners are the same as on my 2003 Holiday Rambler Neptune, but here goes:
Iíve been trying to trace the source of a leak that I have in each bottom corner of our bedroom slideout. I noticed that with the slideout extended (looking at the bottom corners while standing outside the RV) I could see a black, plastic piece that was fastened to the rubber at the bottom corner. Below that plastic piece there was a space between it and the bottom of the slideout where it looked to me like water could possibly slip through between this plastic piece and the bottom of the slideout. I took some Dicor non-leveling sealant and filled in this space between the plastic piece and the bottom of the slideout. For good measure I also ran a bead of the sealant overtop where the rubber joined the plastic piece. As of yesterday, one corner was no longer leaking & the other corner was only slightly leaking. I plan on re-caulking some small spots on this bottom corner that I think I missed the first time around. I really hope this helps you. One of the most frustrating parts that Iíve found about RVing over the last 15 years is dealing with these various water leaks that pop up from time-to-time. Good luck.
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I don’t know if this will help you or not as I’m not sure if your bottom corners are the same as on my 2003 Holiday Rambler Neptune, but here goes:
I’ve been trying to trace the source of a leak that I have in each bottom corner of our bedroom slideout. I noticed that with the slideout extended (looking at the bottom corners while standing outside the RV) I could see a black, plastic piece that was fastened to the rubber at the bottom corner. Below that plastic piece there was a space between it and the bottom of the slideout where it looked to me like water could possibly slip through between this plastic piece and the bottom of the slideout. I took some Dicor non-leveling sealant and filled in this space between the plastic piece and the bottom of the slideout. For good measure I also ran a bead of the sealant overtop where the rubber joined the plastic piece. As of yesterday, one corner was no longer leaking & the other corner was only slightly leaking. I plan on re-caulking some small spots on this bottom corner that I think I missed the first time around. I really hope this helps you. One of the most frustrating parts that I’ve found about RVing over the last 15 years is dealing with these various water leaks that pop up from time-to-time. Good luck.
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Look into Guardian plates (talin Mfg) for your slide outs. Sounds like they might help you with your leaks.
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Look into Guardian plates (talin Mfg) for your slide outs. Sounds like they might help you with your leaks.
Yes, they sound like the right solution. I was supposed to get them just before hurricane Irma, but ended up having to evacuate. I plan to head up to Brooksville sometime before the end of this year to have the plates installed on both slideouts.
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Look into Guardian plates (talin Mfg) for your slide outs. Sounds like they might help you with your leaks.

I installed them about a year ago. FYI, they are to stop water intrusion into the bottom or floor of the slide. GP are not for my type of water intrusion at the bottom corner of the cutout.


Thanks for your suggestion.
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Yes, they sound like the right solution. I was supposed to get them just before hurricane Irma, but ended up having to evacuate. I plan to head up to Brooksville sometime before the end of this year to have the plates installed on both slideouts.

If you are handy, they are not hard to install. I did them. I will tell you this -- if you have any trouble, you can't count on Chris Talin for any help over the phone. You just have to figure it out for yourself.
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Look into Guardian plates (talin Mfg) for your slide outs. Sounds like they might help you with your leaks.

Windsor Bill --- Guardian Plates will not help my water leak. They are intended to stop water intrusion into the floor or bottom of the slideout. Installing them should stop any floor rot of the slide out.

My problem is that I'm having water come in at the lower corner of the CUTOUT for the slideout. I think the water is getting past the seals.
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I had a similar leak that only occurred during rain. I coated everything below the slide seals with black weatherstrip adhesive. There were some screw heads there. Still leaked. Slide seals looked good but as it turns out there was some sealant in the corner on top of the slide that made a tiny gap on the slide seal and redirected the runoff that had blown in under the slide topper to run right down the inside of the inside seal and into the floor in the corner. Adding some Dicor to keep the rain from channeling in and stopped the leak. Mine did not leak with the slide closed.
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Windsor Bill --- Guardian Plates will not help my water leak. They are intended to stop water intrusion into the floor or bottom of the slideout. Installing them should stop any floor rot of the slide out.

My problem is that I'm having water come in at the lower corner of the CUTOUT for the slideout. I think the water is getting past the seals.
Hi George. I agree, your current leak is not a Guardian Plate cure. But my post was directed at Barry, his leak sounds like a classic guardian plate issue.

Hope you can figure out yours.
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I donít know if this will help you or not as Iím not sure if your bottom corners are the same as on my 2003 Holiday Rambler Neptune, but here goes:
Iíve been trying to trace the source of a leak that I have in each bottom corner of our bedroom slideout. I noticed that with the slideout extended (looking at the bottom corners while standing outside the RV) I could see a black, plastic piece that was fastened to the rubber at the bottom corner. Below that plastic piece there was a space between it and the bottom of the slideout where it looked to me like water could possibly slip through between this plastic piece and the bottom of the slideout. I took some Dicor non-leveling sealant and filled in this space between the plastic piece and the bottom of the slideout. For good measure I also ran a bead of the sealant overtop where the rubber joined the plastic piece. As of yesterday, one corner was no longer leaking & the other corner was only slightly leaking. I plan on re-caulking some small spots on this bottom corner that I think I missed the first time around. I really hope this helps you. One of the most frustrating parts that Iíve found about RVing over the last 15 years is dealing with these various water leaks that pop up from time-to-time. Good luck.

Thank you for your suggestion. Have you heard the old expression that a picture is worth a thousand words? From you description my slide out is different from yours. I don't have any plastic parts on my slide out. I am totally unable to visualize what you did and where on the slide out.
Again, thank you very much for taking the time to write me a description of what you did. I'm glad it worked for you. When I initially bought this POS (its name), it had 5-6 leaks in different places. I am down to 1 leak that I can catch in a pan keeping off the floor.
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