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We own a 2007 Jayco Flight Travel Trailer with slide out. Bought it used, looked pretty much new when we bought it two years ago. Recently with a few rains we noticed ceiling in and around bathroom skylight leaking. We have removed all old sealants on rubber roof and resealed everything, but wood under membrane is still wet and still seems to be leaking it has buckled the ceiling a bit as well. We have checked everything we possibly can think of but can't for the life of us find the leak. My husband is at the point now of just getting rid of it, but with the exception the buyer knows what we are dealing with. Not really wanting to get rid of it so any suggestions to help out this seemlingly helpless situation would be tremendous.

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Posted: 11/25/11 11:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check around with your local RV dealers and see if any of them do a pressure test.

They can pressurize the inside of the camper, then spray a soapy substance around all the outside windows, joints, skylights etc... to see if and where any bubbles show up. Bubbles would indicate a leak.

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Well its pretty obvious from your post, that you can not tell from the roof where the water is coming in from. I would thing that since the ceiling material is pretty much toast anyways, that to take off all of the trim, lights & drop the ceiling. This would allow you also to see what wood roof structure & insulation waste & to access what the damage there is & needs to be replaced & also to trace the leak. It could be done in phases to cut down on flusteration, and if the original ceiling material could be pieced together in re constructing to make a template to cut in a new ceiling when finished. This would allow a much simpler replacement. Other wise the way I see it if you do not, you'all are just a gess'in.


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the buyer knows of 6he leak?? and still wants the rv?? sell it, you could look forever and not find it. get rid of the problem.

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Posted: 11/25/11 12:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Welcome to the Forum Cindy! There are over 30 locations in Florida that have the SealTech pressure testing equipment. I would invest in it so that you can find and fix the leak, then go camping. Again, welcome to the Forum!


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Before you go too far just for the heck of it drop the inside section of the a/c down and see if you see any sign of leak there. It only involves dropping four screws you may have a bad seal, or the screws may just be loose, if that's the case just snug them down tight don't over do it. There's also the possibility of a vent or the front cap needing caulk, if the damage isn't too bad yet maybe you can still save it. what ever it is you need to find it and repair it quick.


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Jayco254 wrote:

Before you go too far just for the heck of it drop the inside section of the a/c down and see if you see any sign of leak there. It only involves dropping four screws you may have a bad seal, or the screws may just be loose, if that's the case just snug them down tight don't over do it. There's also the possibility of a vent or the front cap needing caulk, if the damage isn't too bad yet maybe you can still save it. what ever it is you need to find it and repair it quick.


This is great advice, and might fix a leak in the making before the inside of the trailer gets wet. Anyway you should do it for another reason, just to clean the air conditioner air filter.

Here is a post with a fan blowing into the RV, and they sprayed soap all over the outside of the RV.

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25442617.cfm

Lots of great tips on roof repairs on that post.

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Skylights are notorious for leaking. Mine leaked when I had my jayco ended up having to reseal it with dycor. I would take it to the dealer to get it fixed if you don't want to loose alot of money on it or try to reseal it with dycor.

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Posted: 11/25/11 05:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had a leaky skylight in our '96 Jayco or so we thought. Caulked and taped and caulked that skylight and it still leaked. Then caulked and re caulked the bathroom vent pipe. Still leaked. Finally gave up and carefully checked the obvious. The roofing material looked good but a close inspection revealed a half dozen quarter to eighth inch slits in the rubber sheeting between the skylight and the vent. Eternabonded it and no more leak. Found other small slits/splits in both front corners.


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Yes, we also had a leaking skylight that the edges of the plastic would curl up and develop small slits. Replaced the skylight itself. No more leaks.

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