While setting op at our favorite campground this weekend I noticed that the carpet was wet and discoloring, when I pulled up the plastic runner I had a terrible mildew smell. Some of the folks at the camp ground lent me a couple tent heaters which I used to dry the carpet, with that most of the smell went away. I checked the walls and saw no visible signs of leaking, took the AC cover off and it was dry. On Friday night we got 2” of rain and still was not able to find a leak but the carpet again became damp (not wet like it was). Does anyone have any suggestions on where to look for the leak? My trailer is a 1995 Vintage with an aluminum roof, I did an inspection earlier in the year and did find a crack in the rear which I repaired but the rest looked OK. HELP
2012 Winnebago Vista 32K
2007 Chaparral 20SSi
Camping wife and 2 boys 11 and 6
Leaks can be very difficult and illusive to find some times... Water coming in can take very illusive migratory paths many feet from where the wet spots actually are... There could be a leak in the roof and the water can be running down a rafter and down the wall six or ten feet across the floor from where it actually came in...
The best thing to do is check all vents, windows, hatches and roof seams for integrity... If anything looks like it could or has been leaking repair it... I chased a leak for years in my 1987 Mallard Class C before I finally found it and I "really never found it"... I simply coated the entire roof and it finally stopped...
If possible, you should look at the floor where the water intrusion occured... More than likely there has been damage done here and it should be repaired before dry rot begins...
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I can't really help you with the leak, but I can sympathize. I have a 1987 TT and twice in the last 2 years I have found all of the towels that are stored under the bathroom sink in the rear of the trailer to be wet after a heavy rain. I can't find where it's coming in and it has only happened twice. The closest I can figure is that it will leak if the trailer is left sitting high in the back which changes the way the water flows off of the roof. Water leakes can definitely be frustrating to find. I wish you luck.
When you start calking be sure what you are sealing really needs to be sealed. I had a TT with roof air, and when I got it I very carefully calked every thing on the roof with lots of very good calk. Including calking the AC cover down nice and tight.This caused the fiberglass cover to fill with water every time it rained and then to run down into the trailer after it got to over 1.5 inches deep. I recalked that several times until one day I was sitting on the roof trying to figure where that miserable leak was and looked into the AC cover, saw a small swimming pool on my roof. I pulled off the cover, cleaned off all my calk and carefully calked the inside roof penetrations and put the cover back with no calk. No more leak!(so far)
You have a job on your hands finding the leak and just maybe this will help you and others with that "mysterious" leak. The floor getting wet is the key to this one. If you have a Thetford toilet try this. Flush the toilet by hand or foot whatever you have and let the water run for just a couple seconds. Let off of the flush and then flush it again. After you have done this place your hand around the back of the toilet and follow the input water line up and see if you feel any water at all. If you do, then you have found the culprit. The vacuum relief valve on the Galaxi or newer model has a small weir dam around the outside edge of the cover of the vacuum relief and by holding the flush lever down a little to long or flushing a second time to soon does not allow the weir dam to drain properly and then flows over the dam, follows the pipe down and eventually to the floor where it can now travel anywhere and in your case to the carpet which acts as a sponge. If you have the AquaMagic IV and you feel water then you have a bad float in the vacuum relief valve. Both types of vacuum relief valve floats are easy to identify and replace. Just a short length of white plastic with a flat rubber washer on the top end. You would be surprised at how may water control valves are sold to unknowing folks who have been told they have a bad valve when only the little float had to be changed. I make it a habit to change the float once a year on the AquaMagic IV when that is the model in the trailer I have at the time. For the Galaxie, there is a simple modification to eliminate the problem completely but would be to long of a post. Hope this helps in your case and also others when they have the "mysterious" leak where water gets on the floor.
*This Message was edited on 06-May-03 09:54 AM by Boxcar*