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Old 07-11-2010, 09:30 AM   #1
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Water Getting Inside Tail Lights

We purchased a new 2010 17c last fall. Its a great little unit that's very easy to tow. Only one problem has thus far come up. The water shield above the rear drop-down bed diverts water to either side of the opening. This water then drains down the back of the camper directly onto and into the tail lights. The socket inside one fixture has already corroded to the point that the bulb has failed. Since these tail light fixtures are not designed to be sealed I can see this will be a recurring problem.

Has anyone experienced this kind of problem with cheap tail lights and if so what is the best fix?
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Old 07-11-2010, 10:25 AM   #2
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Your best fix is with the dealer, particularly if you think water may be affecting the electrical & safety design of the trailer (ie. brake lights).

Another potential problem with this that I can see is much worse - if you have water entering your tail-lights, then you possibly have water getting in-between the wall of the trailer where the wires for the lights are going in. If you have water getting in between your walls you may very well end up with a rot issue.

Sounds to me like this is a design flaw which should be corrected through your warranty. Keep us posted on how things go....
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I had the same problem with our 19Bh , the dealer said they would seal between the lens and the backing plate with sealant , then when the bulb blows , you need to get a razor and cut the sealant to remove the lens to get to the bulb . Its not only Jayco that uses these tail lights , I gave up and put in LEDs , they are brighter and sealed from the weather and should last a long time .
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:10 PM   #4
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Thanks for the heads up on this issue. I looked at the tail lights on my 2010 17Z. Looks like there is a small white drip edge on the top edge of each light; hopefully that will help prevent water penetration?
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I have a 186 sport and water was getting in the left tail light and leaking under the tub. I thought it was a plumbing or roof leak. Dealer removed and re-sealed the tail light. I still keep an eye on it.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:32 PM   #6
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Hiya jiblk2! Welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum! Hope you find your answers here. Come back to interact with members here and share your experiences. We'd love to see pics of your 2010 17c
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Thanks for the ideas, I have a 196 and it does the same thing. What brand of LED's did you get Kipper?
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:41 AM   #8
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How come water can get in but NEVER gets out?
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:22 PM   #9
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Our dealer says they have never had this issue come up. Unless 2010 is the first year Jayco has used an unsealed or unshielded tail light, I'm not sure I believe that statement. We will be taking the unit in this week for them to look at the problem. We'll see what they do about it.
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Hey ChuckS, I bought the Peterson Manufacturing Piranha Low Profile LEDs from northern tool , they were $39 for the pair .
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