One job down (the slide repair) with the bigger job still remaining. The leak in the kitchen (passenger side) slide.
Last night it poured and this morning, the drip over the sink started again.
I've receive several tips from readers on how to handle it. One reader said that the face board over the slide can be removed to access the slide from the inside.
Carefully looking that idea over would cause more problems than it would solve, I'm afraid I'd break something (and you know how well I do that), so I scratched that idea.
Another reader said that with the slide in, a mirror can be used to locate the leak and it can be repaired that way. I used a make up mirror supplied by my bonnie bride and inspected the top of the slide when it was in. I found a rivet (back end) sticking up right near the rubber seal. I also inspected the seam where the slide edge is and can run my fingernail under it along the whole length of the slide. Nothing obvious jumped out, so I will need to remove that rivet and seal the hole as well as seal all along the seam. Both items will require the slide awning to be removed. Ergo, that will have to wait for a long spell of warm, sunny days.
In the mean time, what can I do for a temporary solution? Karen and Al offered a brilliant suggestion (why didn't I think of it?). The best part, their idea is cheap (love it) and easy (love it a lot).
The awning material is not water resistant, it mainly is there to keep debris off the slide top and protect the slide seals when the slide moves in and out. In a heavy rain, water seeps through the material and slowly drips on top of the slide.
They suggested some water repellent spray, the kind that is used to waterproof tents and shoes. Did I say that is a brilliant idea?
Off to our local camping supply store where I picked up a couple of spray cans of waterproofing spray. As soon as my slide awning dries completely from all the rain, a spraying I will go.
This won't keep water from being blown under the slide in a windblown rain, but it will keep the vast majority of water off the slide top until I can make a permanent repair.
So, thank you Karen and Al! And dinner is on us as soon as we get down to Florida near you. Another great part of the RV life, RV friends are always ready to step in and help. :c)
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