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Posted: 01/24/23 02:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi all

I have a 2020 vanleigh and would like to reseal the nose without getting on the roof, anyone got a quick step guide tips.

We have had some water in the drivers side forward cubboard area after a heavy storm in California, dried it out and it appears to be in the front corner.

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To check the front cap roof top, someone has to get on the roof, and inspect very closely. Most newer roofs are rounded, so even if the leak is near the driver side, it could originate from center of roof.

Another possible source, for a leak, in that area, would be the clearance lights. If water sets in the cutout for them, during hard rain, it could reach the hole the wires come through, behind the lights.

If you are not comfortable getting on the roof, I'd suggest having someone else check for you.

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Clearance lights are sunken types, I was thinking the corners near the gutter to tease first

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Sorry, but to really do any good on trying to get the leak fixed, someone needs to get up on top and check the roof to cap seal as the clearance lights. Water will run downhill to the lowest point to become apparent. So, your leak can be some distance away from the indication.

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You will need to get somebody up there to look at where the edge of that front cap meets the roof. Look at your first picture. The front cap is higher than the roof. Probably about 1/2 of an inch. That will be sealed with self leveling caulking. If something wasn't done completely correct at the factory, you may need to remove some of the old and apply new self level or eternabond tape. The roof slopes forward into that seam. The water obviously follows the slope to the "dam" created by the raised front cap.


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