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Posted By: phillips1202 on 12/09/11 04:01am

Have 2006 Bounder 39Z. Just noticed significant moisture in carpet at the base of both outside walls in our bedroom. I caulked the trim above the cargo bins at the floor (outside), both windows and the gutter seam at the roof earlier this year. There's no moisture at the inside of windows, walls below windows or from the roof. My guess is that it is coming from inside of the walls. Any ideas where to look for this leak?

Thanks,

Chuck P.


Posted By: bsinmich on 12/09/11 05:32am

I remember the "Handyman" show from WJR where they said "Water always wins". Don't just look above the leak. I had a leak on my '89 Jamboree (Fleetwood) that was at the rear and the water ran out over the driver seat. I would forget caulking on the roof seams and edges and use Eternabond. It will last the life of the MH and will not let water through.


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Posted By: nelson on 12/09/11 06:24am

Follow the level of you rig and look uphill


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Posted By: The Texan on 12/09/11 06:20am

Check your water heater and the pipes for it. Have a good friend that has a 39Z and his BR carpet was soaked from a leak at the water heater.


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Posted By: -Gramps- on 12/09/11 05:58pm

I had a bad leak in my Bounder 36s in the wardrobe along the back wall. It would soak the floor of the closet and the bedroom carpeting. It turned out to be a leak from a hairline crack in the caulking on the roof where the endcap was joined to the main part of the house. The back wall never showed any signs of moisture. The water traveled down the wiring in between the endcap and the coach. Water can take some very strange routes from where it comes in to where it ends up soaking your floor.


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Posted By: countrypair on 12/09/11 04:32pm

Had a similar problem with my 2007 Fleetwood Terra LX. I removed a draw under the wardrobe in the left corner of bedroom. Found water stains on the wood frame & water between the wall & frame. Checked outside in the storage compartment on that side & discovered water dripping from the metal framework. In addition, I discovered moisture in the corner of the living room slide, also along this metal frame. I too sealed just over the bedroom & the floor line area. After about six (6) months of frustration I finally started at the front of the coach, sealed the front cap & along the gutter on both sides of the coach. I no longer have any leaks! The water must have been leaking in the front & traveling along the metal framework to the back corner.

Hope this helps!


Posted By: klm on 02/20/12 03:57pm

If you take it to the dealer, have them do a seal-tec procedure - not sure if that is the correct name - hope someone can chime in - they create a vaccum in the rv - then use soapy water on the roof - bubbling indicated location of leak. I must confess, that is a poor explanation - again - someone help? Anyway, OP good luck, chase it down - and keep on campin'


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Posted By: J-Rooster on 02/20/12 03:49pm

My leak came from a slide out seal!


Posted By: johnsonbert on 12/10/11 09:05pm

A couple of places to specifically check would be to make sure the air conditioners are down tight, and that the vent screws are well sealed if you have added the plastic vent covers. We found that on our last rig, the air conditioner to roof gasket had become compressed from rough road travel and therefore the air conditioner was loose on the roof and allowing water in, it showed up in a side wall. I tightened up the bolts, they were as much as 1/4" loose, and the leak was gone. Another place would be around the add-on vent covers where you have to take out some screws to put brackets for attachment. I have seen these not caulked correctly and they have leaked also. Condensation in the walls could also be a possibility, but there is lots of other things to check also. Hope this may help. Happy Trails Bert


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Posted By: sowego on 02/20/12 03:53pm

2 other things to check:

The weep holes in your window tracks. Be sure they are clean so water can run freely whether it is melting ice, rain, snow or condensation. If the tracks do not drain properly to the outside they can overflow, running down the wall onto the floor or get inside the wall at the window edge.

Also check to see if the outer walls & window frames are collecting condensation or, if you are in a cold climate--icing over then melting, running water down the wall. If this is the case check your indoor humidity adding a dehumidifier if your percentage is above 40%/or whatever is comfortable for you.

We've had both scenarios happen below our driver and passenger windows.


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Posted By: mdanielson55 on 12/10/11 10:45pm

check that the water hasnt set in the top of the slide. it can stay there and when it moves the water runs down the sides to walls and carpet


Posted By: merrycat9 on 02/20/12 03:46pm

I am really new to *issues* like leaks in the rear bedroom, wet carpet but no visible sign of water on walls or ceiling. You have all given great responses. I am just so darned unhappy about the leak and subsequent wet carpet that it makes camping not fun. We have decided to take it in to the dealership to let them find the leak. Do you think this is advisable?
It is a 30' 2004 Itaska Sunova. With leak in the rear bedroom, drivers side.


Posted By: merrycat9 on 02/20/12 04:30pm

Somebody mentioned the running lights... maybe it could be the seals under those? Hmm. You have all given me great ideas to use in the quest for the solution of the leak.
I will ask the dealer to do the soap/bubble test. Thanks for your responses!


Posted By: glodal134 on 12/10/11 04:56pm

bsinmich wrote:

I remember the "Handyman" show from WJR where they said "Water always wins". Don't just look above the leak. I had a leak on my '89 Jamboree (Fleetwood) that was at the rear and the water ran out over the driver seat. I would forget caulking on the roof seams and edges and use Eternabond. It will last the life of the MH and will not let water through.

Water runs down hill and the leak could be several feet from where it's showing up inside. Also Eternabond is a excellent product.


Posted By: jones4110 on 02/25/12 07:44pm

the front and rear caps usually require some attention and can easily offer up cracks in use. Eternabond both seams and you can at least eliminate that potential.


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Posted By: happy-2 on 02/20/12 08:59pm

WELL my waterleak in the back bedroom was from the watertank under the bed,i found the bottom plug on the tank where the censer wire screws to.(drained the tank,dried it off used 100% rtv silocone ,let dry for 24 hs, good as new .wet vac the water on carpet,good as new.


Posted By: mfinnerty on 02/21/12 09:39am

merrycat9 wrote:

I am really new to *issues* like leaks in the rear bedroom, wet carpet but no visible sign of water on walls or ceiling. You have all given great responses. I am just so darned unhappy about the leak and subsequent wet carpet that it makes camping not fun. We have decided to take it in to the dealership to let them find the leak. Do you think this is advisable?
It is a 30' 2004 Itaska Sunova. With leak in the rear bedroom, drivers side.


Does your Sunova have a gravity water fill? My 2003 Sunova had leaks in the gravity fill system. One was a hole in the fill tube that leaked when the tank was reasonably full and going up hills. Dealer replaced the fill tube. The other was where water would run down the outside wall behind the fill door and accumulate there until the level was higher than the slot for the locking mechanism. Since I never use the gravity fill, I sealled arround the fill door.


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Posted By: John&Joey on 02/25/12 06:05pm

If they can't find anything, then it might be the water pump (depending on where it is located.) If you were in a high water pressure park and connected to park water without a regulator, the RV water pump seals will sometimes leak.


Posted By: merrycat9 on 02/25/12 01:06pm

We have taken the Sunova into the shop so I will let you know how that turns out. The fellow thinks it is the water tank although my DH isn't so sure. But that is why we are taking it in. I hope they find something!


Posted By: rgatijnet1 on 02/21/12 11:02am

If there is insufficient fiberglass insulation or if the insulation has shifted, the rear fiberglass cap will leak just like the front cap. If the temp has been cool outside and you have be generating a lot of moisture inside, what you have may just be condensation forming on the inside of your rear cap and runing downhill. Just a guess on my part for your problem but I did have condensation issues with my front cap that I had to take care of with spray foam..


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