Has water ever dripped into your RV’s living space during a bad rainstorm?

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Some RVers love holing up in their RV during a bad storm. There’s something very comforting about being inside, nice and warm — maybe sipping a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate — looking out the window and feeling so happy to be out of the hostile elements.

Alas, for some RVers, there comes a time when a little pinhole in the roof allows water to creep into the RV, producing a drip, drip, drip into their living space. It can be a helpless feeling, and put a damper on their sense of comfort.

How about you? Have you ever experienced a leak that invaded your space?

If so, please leave a comment about your experience (or experiences).

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Richard Winchester

There was a recall on our Heartland Big Country 5th Wheel. We took it in to the RV dealer we bought it from for a different issue of water from the A/C leaking on the bed. We explained to the dealer that we had received a recall on our rig and had them to apply the recall while they repaired the leaking A/C. Well after the 5th time of driving a 4 hour round trip to fix this issue they finally replaced the a/c unit. Thinking our leak issues were corrected the front a/c in the living room began leaking out of the vents and down both walls soaking the TV and fireplace everytime it rained. Not wanting to deal the incompetence of our dealer we took it to a gentleman who repairs RV on the side. I gave him a copy of the recall and he stated that the recall had not been done. He completed the recall and it hasnt leaked since.

Tom Gutzke

The bathroom roof vent was open about an inch and I forgot to close it when a downpour hit splattering raindrops up under the vent cover and into the RV. Caught it before it got too wet.

John Koenig

It rained everyday for about ten days after I picked up my new 2015 Dynamax DX3-37RB. With the bedroom slide deployed, water streamed in. Fortunately, with the slide closed, water did not enter. I was able to get to the factory where I learned that the seals on the bedroom slide had been installed BACWARDS. Just one of many problems I found. Obviously, NO Quality Control Check / Inspection had ben performed BEFORE the factory shipped my rig. I’ve since been back to the factory multiple times and, a QC check has NEVER been deemed necessary. 🙁

Larry Large

We were visiting the RV Hall of Fame in Indiana and stayed the night in one of their RV parking spots. Couldn’t use levelers so the front of the coach was a wee bit lower than the rear. There was a heavy downpour and water started pouring in the front driver side window. I fashioned a siphon out of a microfiber cloth and was able to catch most of the water in a bucket. I capture 2 buckets before the rain let up. Then I went outside to check the drains from the window channels and found that they blocked with caulking. I used a pocket knife to clear the drain and then check every other window in the coach. The coach was a new 2014 Fleetwood Southwind and this was our first extended trip with it. I am grateful that we discovered this while we were in coach or we may have come back to waterlogged coach.

Kyle A Jones

I had a 1974 terry travel pack the previous owner who obviously had no business being up on the roof in the first place snapped the support beam right next to the antenna which they thought was a good idea to cut off the trailer but left the base then they proceeded to put roofing shingles on the roof with 2×4 around the outside of the shingles creating a spot for water to pool up real bad which then got into the roof right above the bed of all places. Let’s just say it rained just as much inside as it was outside. The only way to keep water out when it rained was to put a double lined circus tent of a tarp over the whole trailer. Luckily I recently traded up to a 1985 jamboree rally that does not leak at all thank god

Ridge Gardner

We have had a small leak develop around or thru the un-ducted AC in our 2005 Airstream Safari. It only seems to happen in torrential rain and then only intermittently. We’ve owned this trailer since new and have put 150,000 or more miles on her. Not surprising she’s developed a leak or two. I know I have.

Joe

Just leaked once in the bedroom behind the slidout trim. Very heavy rain and high wind. The wind was blowing the water that was coming off the slidout cover back onto the slidout. When I checked the next day you could see where the rubber seal didn’t lay flat. We have not experienced another leak

Jim Carter

Years ago we had a popular brand pop-up tent camper.
The roof was a two piece aluminum sandwich.
The problem was it was manufactured with a roll of butyl caulk tape installed under an inverted ‘U’ shaped channel to seal the roof joint.
The dealer felt the ‘leak’ was at the seal where the roof met the body when the top was down.
While camping in a heavy rain storm water started running from the middle of the roof.
Removing the channel, cleaning off the butyl caulk tape, filling the channel with DICOR self leveling caulk, and quickly inverting the channel and screwed it into position.
In over 10 years of additional usage, it never leaked again.

Vanessa Simmons

Before I put vent covers on I left them open during a couple of storms! That is the only time.

Sherry L

After enough rain accumulates, it finds it’s way into the kitchen/dining area through the non-ducted air conditioner unit. We have a 2001 Lazy Daze Midbath Class C. Can’t seem to find the exact leak location. Frustrating!

DW/ND

We had a couple minor leaks in our Winnebago Class A. One the small solar collector lead allowed a drip into a cabinet over the entry door. Currently, I have one irritating drip over the driver side of the dash from a displaced windshield gasket. No damage except to my custom made cotton white – vinyl lined drape liner which is now yellow streaked! Darn!

TravelingMan

Inferior roofing procedures by incompetent RV manufacturers looking at profits over quality…

Twice in two years, we have experienced a roof leak. Both times due to the crappy design by RV Manufacturers. Leaks stem from the 4 bolts that work lose while traveling that hold the A/C unit down. They use bolts that are too small and are screwed directly into the thin plywood decking. There are no pronged tee-nuts. There is simply a 1″ piece of hard foam between the A/C and roof materials that you could buy from your local Home Depot or Lowes. NO sealants. It does NOT provide sufficient protection from leaking. Adding roof curbs and splash guards is the correct answer along with heat sealing the roof materials will prevent water intrusion.

Next are the seals…Another leaker…

I bet there are many that have experienced this same problem. Some may not know where the leak is coming from though. This is a common problem area.

Thomas Becher

Yes . I had a 1985 Coachman C with an aluminum sheet roof. Full of pinholes.ended up with a rubber roof. And my fiver had water coming in thru the wieguard antenna. Found out you have to lubricated seals once in a while.

Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY

During a heavy rain storm, rain water came into our custom ordered Class A DP. The rain entered through a light fixture in the center of our living room slide ceiling. We took our rig back to the factory for warranty work. During that time for other various warranty repairs at the factory, at the companies expense, we were put up at a motel for 3 days so that the living area slide could be taken out of the motor home, completely rebuilt on a jig and then reinstalled with all new components including but not limited to cabinets, rugs, ceiling molding, electrical and seals. The problem was that the outside roof of the slide had been installed up side down (concave). It was supposed to be installed convex style where it is very slightly higher in the center to shed water better. That was back 4 years ago and we have not had rain water problems since.

Ron

When we had our Wineguard Traveler antenna installed, the installer didn’t do a very good job of insuring all roof penetrations were sealed correctly. Since there was no leaks prior to the installation, it was a simple deduction on where the water was coming into the coach. A tube of Dicor self leveling sealant fixed the problem.

Thelma Thomas

After purchasing a new Forest River FR3 there was a leak over my side of the bed during heavy rains. There was a recall on the roof sealing, the dealer fixed it fairly expeditiously and we have had no problems since.

L Jones

Driving I-80 across Nebraska, nasty cross-wind driven storm. Blew rain INTO the tiny window rain-vents at the bottom of the window tracks. Had towels wedged as best we could. Thought we were going to loose the windows… Finally got to a small town, pulled off freeway, parked the RV facing into the wind at a parking lot. Mr. Toads wild ride indeed!

Matt Colie

Our 46yo GMC is usually quite dry inside, but once we were parked in a lot at the end of the Presque Isle pennisula in Erie waiting for the tall ships to come in. There was a cloud burst of biblical proportions. There were drips from the A/C mount and I could hear dripping from the reefer vent too. When I stepped out side after the worst had passed, I found I was standing in rim-deep water.

Larry

Had a small leak around the windshield area in a 99 Fleetwood Discovery, some years ago. It was easily repaired with a little caulking.

Dan

Just recently I had a nefarious drip appear above my dashboard. I still haven’t tracked down the offending leak. I suspect it might be the clearance light. I’ll have to remove it and reseal the gasket.