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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Ed

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

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

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

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.

Kristina Veach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!