Friday, September 2, 2011

LEAKY WINDOW

We're getting a lot of rain here in Terrebonne Parish and it's going to get worse tomorrow with high winds and flooding.  I began to gather things in my yard that might fly away and went into the coach to check it out.  Sure enough, my worst fear was confirmed when I saw that half of the sofa was soaked. 


All the bedding and pillows were wet and I couldn't see why until I took a closer look.  The leak was coming in on the left side of the large window in the slide. 

When looking from the outside it is on the right.  See the red arrow on this photo.


I'm wondering... will the whole window seal have to be replaced???  Or perhaps just recaulked.  I have no idea where to begin to fix this problem.  I guess I will have to take it in to Camping World for repairs.  I sure can't do it myself.  Has anyone got any suggestions?

8 comments:

  1. That's no good. Sorry to hear about the leak.

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  2. Oh Gypsy - sorry to hear that. Can you post the question on http://www.rv.net/forum/
    You'll get a ton of resonses there, I'm sure.

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  3. Sara and Kimbopolo... thanks for the sympathy. It's a situation I'm sure all RVers dread. From what I can tell, the wind pushed the rain into the trough of the sliding window and then spilled over. Also, water was coming in from under the metal window frame. That would mean that it could also be going down inside the wall. Not good.

    This morning the towel I put to catch the water was barely wet. So it seems that for normal rain there would be no leak. However, I would hate to see what my poor coach would be like if we had a real hurricane.

    I have checked several forums and all say the same thing about using a silicone sealant. I would prefer to have the rubber gasket removed as well as the metal frame and then use whatever sealant is needed. That way we can check for any rot inside the wall.

    I never noticed any wet bedding before and have been in the rain with the coach several times. Oh well... it sure puts a damper (pun intended) on my camping dreams.

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  4. I think it would be worth taking it somewhere and taking the window out...probably the gasket or butyl tape needs to be replaced....mostly just be the labor. You don't wan't to get dry rot started...take a look at my last post...lol...of course that is a 1954...let us know...

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  5. I agree with you on having the window taken out. I'll just have to bite the bullet and make an appointment at Camping World which is a couple of hours away.

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  6. I read on another blog about little drainage holes in the window frame that could get clogged and need to be cleaned out??? Not real sure what was meant but maybe you could take a really close look and see if there's anything like that on yours.

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  7. I read on another blog about little drainage holes in the window frame that could get clogged and need to be cleaned out??? Not real sure what was meant but maybe you could take a really close look and see if there's anything like that on yours.

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  8. Hi Quiltin' Library Lady... Yes those holes are called "weep holes" and I did check them and they were not clogged. Will be taking the coach in next week for repair. I hope it's not serious.

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