No matter how much love you give your RV, keeping water out is a hard job. I’ve given the Journey’s roof close inspections and touched up every little area that potentially could leak. The slides are another story, I can’t get at the tops to inspect them because of the awnings that cover the slides.
Of course, that is exactly where we developed a leak. Figures!
Back when the Journey was brand new, we developed a serious leak in the kitchen slide. Water poured in during a heavy rainstorm while we were at Disney World’s Fort Wilderness, it came in the kitchen slide and poured down through the microwave, destroying it.
Fortunately it was all covered by warranty. The dealer found that there was a hole drilled in the top of the slide that must have been accidently drilled there when the Journey was built. The solution was to cover the hole with Eternabond tape and replace the microwave.
It has been dry as a bone until the other night when we had a long,hard rain. Marti noticed a small drip from just under the slide valance.
A closer look showed the drip coming in from the metal rail that holds up the ceiling material in the slide. Thankfully, it is not anywhere near the microwave.
The ceiling material is the vinyl type (in the picture, the white material with the squiggly lines) that has some foam backing. Enough water got through to saturate the foam and then drip. When I pushed on it, more water dripped out. It wasn’t a fast drip, but any drip is too much. :c(
Now the fun part. I don’t think this has anything to do with the hole that was repaired, I think maybe a seam on the top of the slide has developed a leak. I’m sure it is not a slide seal problem due to where the drip is. To get at the top of the slide will necessitate the removal of the slide awning.
I’ve never removed an awning before, and I’ll have to do some serious research to make sure I don’t break anything as slides have heavy retraction springs in them. If you do something wrong, you can really get hurt. Anyone out there every removed a slide awning? I’d appreciate advice on this one.
On another note, Semper Gumby (Always Flexible) has kicked in. We have the option of going into a monthly site right behind the weekly site we’re in now. The trailer in it is leaving Friday.
We can save several hundred dollars by taking it and extending our stay here from our original plans of 15 January to 22 January. We’ve decided to go for it as Camping World has not yet received the motor for our patio awning. And we’ll have more time with the grandsons. It’s a win-win for us. Saturday is moving day for us, I’ll set a new record, not only for the shortest day’s drive, but I’ll do it going backwards! ;c)
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