Question:We just purchased a 1995 Jayco Fifth Wheel. In the past few weeks we started having more rain and we went to check in the morning after the first night rain and there was water on une floor in front of the tip out (Slide-Out). We decides to take the front part (the framing) in from of the tip out apart and it seemed that the water was finding a place underneath the gray chalky seal that was under the 90 degree rail that runs from on end to the other over the inner part of the tip out, so we unscrewed the 90 degree rail and cleaned off the whole chalky putty seal that was under and cleaned it very neatly. After this was done we purchased some flex seal and after cleaning the whole roof of the tip out, we sprayed it with two cans of the flex seal which seamed to have done the trick. The first few rainfalls we had following this repair, no leaks, but then the rain started sgain and we found a few drops of water on the floor in fron of the opened tip out. So we cleaned the top of the roof of the tip out and decided to close it for the winter, which we only expected to do in a few weeks. This morning after an awful night of a lot of rain we went to check and we again found a bit
of water on the floor. The seal around the part that tips out seems to have done it's years and we figure that this might be the problem. Can you tell us if we are right with our diagnostic. We have attached a large water resistant tarp over the whole top and partly sides of the fifth wheel this morning so to stop this problem for now until the Spring, is this OK. We wanted to build a roof on post to store it under but with all this rain and the cold season setting in, we want to know if we should have done something Else. We'll be expecting your expertise to help us since we are just beginners at this. Thanks for helping me with this.
Michelle from Grand Falls, NB. Pomami@nb.sympatico.ca
Robbie: I say keep doing what your doing anytime your trying to find a leak its hit and miss. You've slowed the leak so must be getting close. Not sure if the materials your using are what I would use. You might want to check your local RV supply store and ask what products they have for sealing RV leaks. I would also recommend you have a "Slide Out Topper" installed it would keep 90% of the rain water off the slide. Anyone that sells and installs awnings can sell you a Slide Out Topper. I think your doing a great job keep it up.
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