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joec

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Posted: 03/06/07 09:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So how do you get a high volume of air at low PSI to check for leaks in your camper like seal-tech does without the cost?

While I was finishing the lawn and blowing the clippings off the sidewalk I had the answer to the question of high air volume at low pressure in my hand, the leaf blower could do the job!

So the test would be to cut a piece of cardboard, get a 4” hose and set it up in the holding tank door. I checked all the doors windows and vents to make sure that they were closed. Then after SLOWLY closing the back door on the camper I checked the pressure and I had 20 ounces of pressure inside the camper. The stupid thing worked! It worked great!

So now that I had pressure I could check the camper for leaks with some soapy water in the garden sprayer. There were a few leaks around the jacks and the screws that attached them to the camper and the tail-lights were also leaking like a sieve. The gasket on the left hand side of the cab over window leaks but that just drains into the window cannel then dumps to the outside of the camper. No roof leaks and the new clearance lights are also bubble free.

The Setup:

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Leaking Tail Lights:

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Leaking Screws On The Jacks:

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Leaking Window:

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So now I have a simple setup that I can use at home anytime. I will be making a plug out of plywood for the holding tank door instead of the cardboard.

So now you can pressure test you’re camper and find any of those pesky leaks at home and for just about free.

One last thing; if you are going to do this test yourself you assume all responsibility for any damage done by over pressure. Not likely but equipment varies!

* This post was last edited 03/07/07 01:56pm by joec *   View edit history


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Posted: 03/06/07 09:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Joe,

Great idea. Thanks for posting it. I added it to the TCU Sticky Thread.

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Nice job.....good idea

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Posted: 03/06/07 09:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very good idea, thanks joec!


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So how did you fix your leaks?


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Posted: 03/06/07 10:31am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great job, wish I had thought of it.


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Posted: 03/06/07 10:47am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great Approach!

Good Caution on the pressure being at the owner's risk. I have one of these. The wife is always complaining about me blowing her plants out by the roots, but I don't have to worry if the leaves are dry or that too many have come down!

PS - I would work on those leaks at the bolts right away. I found rusty threads on my bolts where the sealing had been compromised.


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Big Katuna wrote:

So how did you fix your leaks?


I will back out the screws that are leaking on the jacks and use Pro Flex under the heads. The tail-lights will have to come off and be resealed with Pro Flex also maybe some new gaskets under the lenses too.

The window will take more time but that does not leak into the camper is drains into the windows weep holes and then outside. Maybe a new seal?

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Posted: 03/06/07 11:21am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great idea! How were you measuring pressure? By the amount of force necessary to close the door? If not that, how?

Thanks for posting this "T/C method" of making something you need for less money. This part of what I see as the T/C mentality.


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Posted: 03/06/07 11:30am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Outstanding idea! I have had leaks on both my camper and motorhome. This should be a great way to help locate them. Thanks!


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