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Old 06-11-2016, 03:48 PM   #1
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Water in Wardrobe?

Heya's All -

Brand New x213 owner here - picked it up in April and first trip in a week.

As I've prepped the trailer there has been a couple of times that I've noticed a small amount of water in the bottom of the wardrobe. For the life of me though I can't see any indication of where it's coming from either in the trailer or on the roof. Any ideas on what to check or look for - or a way to troubleshoot the leak?


Thanks in advance for any guidance!

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Old 06-11-2016, 04:07 PM   #2
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Congratulations on the new trailer and welcome to the JOF.

Sorry, Nonproductive, I got nothin' helpful. I looked at your floorplan online and didn't see an entry point other than the roof or a side seam. Water leaks are serious so be sure to report it to your dealer and have them search for it. That way it will be reported if you have trouble in the future.

Hopefully someone with a similar trailer will have something more helpful.
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Old 06-11-2016, 04:16 PM   #3
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Thanks!

Thanks for the reply! I'll definitely report it to the dealer on Monday. It's only the second time I've seen it and it's never excessive. That said, as you noted, when the whole trailer is wood /any/ water is not good : )

I was debating about running a hose across the roof to see where the water is flowing. Crawling around up there I didn't notice any gaps in the sealant anywhere though.
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Old 06-11-2016, 05:41 PM   #4
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Not familiar with your unit. Remember water flows down hill. Are you a little nose ow? If so water from way back could follow wires in the ceiling and framing before you ever see it.

Check you caulking really closely, also your running lights have holes for power and screws. On an older unit I would say check the screws for corrosion. On a new unit, there might not be signs yet of corrosion. Abother area to look is over the edge at the gutter area and see if caulking and/or over lap looks good. You probably have to be on your hands and knees looking over the edge to see this area.

Good luck, but get it fixed.
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Old 06-11-2016, 05:54 PM   #5
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Could be condensation since you have a storage compartment below it. If it's cold outside and you have the heat on, being close to the bathroom, I would check for condensation. Fix could be as easy as a small fan circulating the air, we had to do that when it dropped below freezing, to keep the windows from sweating so much.
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Old 06-12-2016, 10:09 AM   #6
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Might have found source

Went out this morning to crawl round it some more.

I had thought about condensation, Wags999, but there was no moisture under the floor of the wardrobe ad no evidence of moisture anywhere in the storage area. Not ruling it out though - as we have had some very cool nights and very hot days the last week

The trailer is pretty level right now, Jagiven, but I checked back to front to see if I saw any problems at the other end.

What I did find was that the piece of trim that runs down the front edge on the wardrobe side did not seem to have any sealant for about 1/4 of it's run - right where the front starts to curve. There was a small but visible gap between the fiberglass and the trim - just big enough to fit a piece of paper under.

Slapped some caulk in there and going to cross my fingers that it was the culprit.

Will be calling the dealer tomorrow morning to let them know as well - and later today I may run a hose across it to see where the water is flowing and re check it all and further explore Jagiven's thoughts.
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Went out this morning to crawl round it some more.

I had thought about condensation, Wags999, but there was no moisture under the floor of the wardrobe ad no evidence of moisture anywhere in the storage area. Not ruling it out though - as we have had some very cool nights and very hot days the last week

The trailer is pretty level right now, Jagiven, but I checked back to front to see if I saw any problems at the other end.

What I did find was that the piece of trim that runs down the front edge on the wardrobe side did not seem to have any sealant for about 1/4 of it's run - right where the front starts to curve. There was a small but visible gap between the fiberglass and the trim - just big enough to fit a piece of paper under.

Slapped some caulk in there and going to cross my fingers that it was the culprit.

Will be calling the dealer tomorrow morning to let them know as well - and later today I may run a hose across it to see where the water is flowing and re check it all and further explore Jagiven's thoughts.
You would not necessarily see moisture on both inside and outside if it's condensation. Moisture from a shower or just cooking inside would cause moisture on just one side, the inside portion.
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:45 PM   #8
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Update - after visiting Dealer

Took the trailer on the drive back to the dealer today. (and have the "driver tan" as evidence)

They looked over the trailer top to bottom and also could not find any evidence of where water was coming in. They did however find some "small gaps" in the sealant in places I had missed in my inspection. They sealed up everything they could find and advised that what my next steps were.

Have a 4 day trip planned about 4 hours away next week and they said to "keep an eye on things and bring it back" if I still see water.

Hopefully there won't be any more of that.
Will update again if situation changes.


Thanks, everyone, for their feedback and advice!
This coming week will be our first "big" outing in the new trailer. Will try to get some pics and an "experience" write up at some point after.
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Old 06-21-2016, 09:48 AM   #9
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Hope you found you r water leak - if you have one. There is one place water may come in in the right situation (like if the camper was pressure washed or cleaned. There is a piece of conduit that runs into the closet from where the awning attaches. Mine wasn't sealed up 100% prior to my solar install (it is now). It could just be that the dealer cleaned the camper before handing it off to you and got a little moisture in there and it followed the conduit in. Normally this is under the gutter and it's incredibly difficult for normal rain water to find it's way in there. Now the water has to hit a place where it's not sealed on the outside.




Then travel 6" down the conduit into the closet:



Note the wiring that's there (red and white) is 12V awning and porch lights. The black is from my solar install.
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Old 06-21-2016, 09:55 AM   #10
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Good Place to check!

Thanks, X213_2015 - I had seen that box out in the closet and not thought about wires running through there.

We had some rain last night and are expecting heavy rain the day we head out.

I'm going to check that spot again to see if there is any sign of water running down the wall as the place where I saw the small puddle was right below that spot.
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