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Old 05-28-2020, 02:24 PM   #15
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Another update:
Today it rained pretty hard and i noticed water inside the camper :(
What I've discovered is as follows
Water is hitting the side of the camper, running down to the top slideout rubber seal. This seal has caulking that has separated after careful inspection.
The water runs behind that seal, down to a second seal on the top of the slide. The water then flows the length of that seal and pours out the corners of the seal.
Once it pours out the corners of the seal its already inside at this point. This is all assuming the slide is in the in (stored) position btw.
It runs down the slideout side, and goes all the way down to the bottom of the slideout trim piece. It runs behind/over that trim piece and this is when it hits the wooden slidout floor.
It also is running onto the actual camper floor. I found a 12" around puddle. The linoleum is installed in a way that the water stays on top of it as there is no edge in that area for it to get under, and it doesn't appear that anything inside is water damaged.

So now it appears in addition to my other plan of attack, i'll now have to remove that entire top seal, re-caulk that entire thing and reinstall it. Probably gonna do the side seals as well.

May be going into the RV business.. i cant possibly imagine anyone building a crappier thing! The designs on these things.. i swear to god they're meant to fail.
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Old 05-28-2020, 04:07 PM   #16
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Another update:
Today it rained pretty hard and i noticed water inside the camper :(
What I've discovered is as follows
Water is hitting the side of the camper, running down to the top slideout rubber seal. This seal has caulking that has separated after careful inspection.
The water runs behind that seal, down to a second seal on the top of the slide. The water then flows the length of that seal and pours out the corners of the seal.
Once it pours out the corners of the seal its already inside at this point. This is all assuming the slide is in the in (stored) position btw.
It runs down the slideout side, and goes all the way down to the bottom of the slideout trim piece. It runs behind/over that trim piece and this is when it hits the wooden slidout floor.
It also is running onto the actual camper floor. I found a 12" around puddle. The linoleum is installed in a way that the water stays on top of it as there is no edge in that area for it to get under, and it doesn't appear that anything inside is water damaged.

So now it appears in addition to my other plan of attack, i'll now have to remove that entire top seal, re-caulk that entire thing and reinstall it. Probably gonna do the side seals as well.

May be going into the RV business.. i cant possibly imagine anyone building a crappier thing! The designs on these things.. i swear to god they're meant to fail.
Of course they are. Keeps people buying them
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Old 05-29-2020, 06:49 PM   #17
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So today we sanded down the edges of the slideout floor (outside) and I dont want to jinx it but it seems to have fixed the problem. It no longer makes noise going in or out and now travels very smoothly and even.
For the inside 6" that you can't get from the outside i got one of those mini belt sanders thats like 10" long and jacked the slide up after unmounting it.. Gave me enough space to slip that belt sander under there and sand down those edges too.

Now I just need to seal the areas I sanded down. Decided against using flashing or anything on the edges, gonna just use a sealant. I have some flex seal i'm debating using that.. any suggestions?

Also took the top seal off that was causing the leaks in the first place. Got it all prepped and ready to install properly and seal it up good with Lexel so this won't be happening again (hopefully!)

Awning gets here in 2 days and that'll be the final step.

I keep updating this thread so that if someone else ever has this issue I hopefully give them a good idea of the process... Because I wish i had found a thread like this when i was searching lol!

Anyway more updates to come adios
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Old 06-09-2020, 07:14 PM   #18
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Final update
Installed the awning on the slideout.. What a simple mod! Took me and a buddy about 45 minutes and it turned out great. Nice peace of mind. They should all come from the factory like this smh.

Went on a camping trip this last week and it rained hard one of the days.. no water intrusion.

It just rained here at home today and same thing no water..

Slide is still quiet and working smoothly.

So for anyone who goes through this issue and thinks they're gonna be forced to pay $3000 to a dealer to fix.. just know you have options! It may not be as simple as mine was but don't be afraid to dig in there and get er done!! I was afraid to "modify" my TT but once i got over that it was cakewalk. If you were looking at the "repair" you'd never know. In fact it's probably superior to the factories way of doing it.

Here's to hoping for many more years of trouble free camping hahaha yea right one can wish!
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