Finding a leak

Discussion in 'Roof/Floor Repair & Maintenance' started by ircommando, Jan 13, 2018 at 3:05 PM.

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  1. ircommando

    ircommando New Member

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    Last week was the first time that it has rained since we bought our PUP. It was left out in the elements, and today when I opened it up I found that water had gotten in somehow. It was between the ceiling and the folded up canvas, but I can't seem to find where it came in at. Any tips on figuring out the source would be appreciated.

    The seals and caulking on the top all look good, but water got in somehow.
     
  2. Byrd_Huntr

    Byrd_Huntr Well-Known Member

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    What were the conditions like the last time you had it open?
     
  3. tenttrailer

    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    good luck, water can leak on the other side of the ceiling and leak out on the other side. A pool on the canvas will be the low spot which most of the time has no meaning where it was leaking. Make note where you saw the water. Once in awhile the leak is right above where you found the water. If it warm put a sprinkler on the roof when its up and go back in a while to look for leaks. Sometimes sweeping the ceiling with a tissue you can find a drop. Try to find the leak from the outside. Look on the outside at your caulk for cracks, look at you vent.
     
  4. ircommando

    ircommando New Member

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    Thanks. If I do find a crack in caulking or a hole. What type of product should I use to seal it? Thanks again,

    Steve
     
  5. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Also check your vents or AC. If the plastic on your vent is cracked it could cause water to come in. If you have an AC it's possible either you need a new gasket or it needs to be sinched down a bit tighter. Check all your caulking. If you have any roof racks on your camper could water be seeping in the screw holes? Good luck, never easy finding that pesky needle in the haystack.
     
  6. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    You should also check to see if the roof closes tight. The roof seals have been known to shrink.
     

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