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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Don
20 days ago

Happened in a rental popup. We had been married a few months and was on the Eastern Shore at Easter. Sound asleep and she woke me up saying “Stop dripping cold water on me!” “I’m not” I replied. “Go back to sleep.” Next thing I know she’s at it again. Got awake enough to look around, found a leak that was dripping right on her ear! Got it stopped and woke up in the morning with about 1/2″ of ice everywhere. Learned how nice that battery and furnace was! No power in the campground until the next morning!

Thomas
1 month ago

Dripped? Operative word. Ran would be a better one. I had a 1985 coachman C with an aluminum roof. It was so full of pinholes.From acid rain I figured. All the tar and eterna bond never stopped ir. Finally my son in law and i changed to a rubber roof. Surprisingly i spent around $250 ony. I had read where rubber roofs cost thousands .2 of us did it in less than 5 hours. Still on the road.

Donna B.
2 months ago

We had a 2004 Sandpiper 5th wheel. Soon after the warranty period ended we returned to the campsite just after a heavy rain. We discovered soaking wet carpet in the back corner. After about 3 years of chasing that leak, resealing the roof & window, etc. we finally took it to a repair facility to have the resulting delamination repaired. They reported to us that we’d come within 1/2 inch of uncovering where the rubber roof didn’t quite meet the side. It was apparently cut too short at the factory.

WILLIAM CARVER
3 months ago

Check the air conditioning unit!

Cathie Lane
4 months ago

We currently drive a 42 foot Class A diesel motorhome and tow a 2015 Jeep Cherokee. When we bought the Jeep it was touted to be the best tow vehicle ever with just a couple steps to prepare it for towing. On a long trip out west, the Jeep started vibrating and shaking so bad the motorhome would shake uncontrollably as well. We would have to slow down to a snails pace or stop completely before continuing. Upon starting up it would tow normally—if we were lucky. This has been a consistent problem over the last few years, although we have worked with Jeep many times to try to remedy the problem. (We have a Blue Ox tow package.) At one point we had to replace much of the Jeep’s front end where the shaking had damaged the Jeep. The Jeep dealership acknowledged that there was a problem at one point and prescribed a 7 step process with a switch, trickle charger plus the original steps involving connecting/disconnecting the electronic ignition. But even with all that, we still have the problem—and it is still scary stopping in the middle of an Interstate to get the shaking to stop. We are about to buy a new 45 foot RV and we are hoping the Jeep will behave better. But I’m afraid it won’t.

Has anyone else had a similar problem with their Jeep when towing? If yes, how did you remedy it?

Does anyone also have recommendations for a good tow vehicle if in fact we have to give up on our Jeep as our tow vehicle?

Ed
6 months ago

last winter with all the heavy rains we got in Sacramento, CA, we didn’t notice until spring that water has leaked into the RV at the top of the rear “egress” window and caused some mold to develop. After cleaning out the mold, we sealed the window and sprayed it with water the next day and all seems to be OK now.

THOMAS C MCLAUGHLIN
6 months ago

When we had a Hybrid water came in through the front roof seem and down through our speakers. The dealer put additional caulking all around this seem and no more leaks.

Anne B
7 months ago

On the way home from the dealer’s the water gushed in around the a/c units and the side drivers’ window (43′ Itasca Ellipse, brand new)

Mike
7 months ago

The base on my Fantastic fans had cracked that caused the leak. No caulk or glue would stop it. Replaced them and added the covers. I can now leave the vents open when parked and underway.

Christine Lester
5 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Humm I wonder if that is my problem. I have a leak at the corner of my fan .

Kristina Veach
8 months ago

Twice, our 2015 Thor Tuscany 45 has flooded so bad that I could barely keep up with a small shop vac. After tearing out the booths, desk & fireplace, I found water coming in from the outside tv compartment. The rain spouts were right over the edge of the compartment. Silicones it shut and no more water, but water damage on all wood. Aargh.

Norval Chan
8 months ago

Our 2017 Blue Ridge 2910SK developed a leak in the top of the street side slide during a horrendous thunderstorm in Kansas last June. The downpour was drenching and the wind was howling. The leak was so bad that it required a pan to capture the water streaming in. When the storm subsided, the leak stopped and we have not experienced any leakage since. I’m guessing that the combination of the amount of rain and the direction of the wind caused the leak. Or the top seal was not deployed correctly at that time.

Tom Edelman
8 months ago

Our 2016 Dynamax had leaks that I “Couldn’t” find. Finally we made an appointment in Mississippi to Dependable RV and had it checked out. I mean they did a great job of finding leaks, prepping and repairing . NO more leaks. Very professional upfront advise and workmanship from a great crew of employees. Our rig is now warranted of no moisture problems for the life of the vehicle. Having 10 solar panels the time for repair was increased to a week. Yes we stayed in a hotel for a few days but it was worth the time. Costly? Yes … but my wife and I agree it was worth every penny…. no more worries of strange electrical problems or wet moldy interior areas inside.

Carl
9 months ago

Someone relocated one of the air horns on our roof. Original screw hole was not plugged. First major trip with our two year old, new-to-us motorhome, with heavy rain on the third night and we discovered a problem. Made repairs, had roof inspected with no lasting damage. Still have this motorhome 5 years later.
Happy Travels

Rhonda Brodbeck
10 months ago

The gutter on the RoadTrek isn’t big enough to handle a downpour. Simple solution is to extend it with door sweep plastic meant to block drafts.

Tina
10 months ago

Yes! One night I heard dripping and the rug in the slide out was wet! In the morning did a little investigating and found out the rubber flap of the slide was in instead of out!

Richard Winchester
10 months ago

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
10 months ago

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
10 months ago

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
10 months ago

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
10 months ago

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