Jayco RV Owners Forum
 

Go Back   Jayco RV Owners Forum > Jayco Tech and Tow > Jayco Maintenance and Repair

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-06-2013, 09:10 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 7
Jayfeather x19H expandable tent ceilings leak - does anyone else have this problem?

Water beads up and drips from the ceiling in the both expanded-foldout ends of our new Jayfeather ultra lite X19H. We picked up the new trailer Tuesday in Middlebury Indiana, spend three days sanitizing tanks & testing. It rained, but we didn't notice any leaks anywhere.

Friday we drove here (Frankfurt KY), and it has been raining close to non-stop. We discovered leaks this morning (Sunday). It's now evening, and we still haven't been able to stop the drippy tent-tops. (Have gotten bedding dried out, thank goodness.)

Question - If anyone has a Jayfeather expandable, have you had experience with water leaking and beading in large beads all over the inside ceiling of your expandable ends? We've wondered about condensation, but have had fans on it, with no change. We changed tightness of the shepherd's-crook bar that supports the ceiling to increase the pitch on the roof, but that doesn't change anything. Will running the roof AC fan to circulate air help or increase the problem?

There was also some pooling of water in the two back corners of one expanded end. We worked with the short zipper on the outside back corners, and we seem to have stopped that problem. Crossed fingers.

If someone has dealt with this problem, we surely would like to hear from you!
Thanks in advance
Carol and Clint
__________________

Carol Ann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 09:57 PM   #2
Junior Member
 
Crexmcc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: South Central PA
Posts: 18
Jayfeather x19H expandable tent ceilings leak - does anyone else have this prob

If it is leaking, there are instructions in the manual for sealing the seams. If you are camping in cool weather and have the windows closed and the roof vent closed you can actually get so much condensation on the inside of the tent sections that it will rain on you. You can alleviate this by partially opening the windows a couple of inches to circulate fresh air through the unit. We have also had success stopping the condensation by using homemade "Gizmos" made from reflectix. It is a type of insulation that looks almost like foil bubble wrap. They actually make quite a difference in keeping the unit comfortable in hot or cool weather. As an added bonus they keep the tent ends nice and clean.
Attached Thumbnails
ImageUploadedByTapatalk1381114594.072444.jpg  
__________________

__________________
Crexmcc
2006 Jayco 23B
2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4.7L SR5
Crexmcc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 11:17 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 7
Condensation

Quote:
Originally Posted by Crexmcc View Post
If it is leaking, there are instructions in the manual for sealing the seams. If you are camping in cool weather and have the windows closed and the roof vent closed you can actually get so much condensation on the inside of the tent sections that it will rain on you. You can alleviate this by partially opening the windows a couple of inches to circulate fresh air through the unit. We have also had success stopping the condensation by using homemade "Gizmos" made from reflectix. It is a type of insulation that looks almost like foil bubble wrap. They actually make quite a difference in keeping the unit comfortable in hot or cool weather. As an added bonus they keep the tent ends nice and clean.
Condensation - Wonder if that's it. It's midnite now in Kentuckey, still watching the water bead up inside the expandable ends. Just the cloth/plastic ceiling, nowhere else in the trailer. Fans are all on, windows opened. Will go over manual yet again to see if I can find anything about sealing seams. Anybody want to buy a brand-new Jayfeather really cheap?
Thanks!
Carol
Carol Ann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2013, 12:02 AM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 7
Giizmos

Quote:
Originally Posted by Crexmcc View Post
If it is leaking, there are instructions in the manual for sealing the seams. If you are camping in cool weather and have the windows closed and the roof vent closed you can actually get so much condensation on the inside of the tent sections that it will rain on you. You can alleviate this by partially opening the windows a couple of inches to circulate fresh air through the unit. We have also had success stopping the condensation by using homemade "Gizmos" made from reflectix. It is a type of insulation that looks almost like foil bubble wrap. They actually make quite a difference in keeping the unit comfortable in hot or cool weather. As an added bonus they keep the tent ends nice and clean.
Have researched Gizmos - thanks! Will see if I can get Gizmos or something similar, and give them a try. (Better than selling the new trailer cheap
Have the windows cracked open. And it's stopped raining for the first time in days. Fortunately, 'cause the river is already muddy & higher.
Again, thanks!
Carol
Carol Ann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2013, 04:02 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
amabee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 406
Definitely sounds like condensation, PUGS(pop up gizmos) will help a lot, especially in cooler weather. The biggest thing you can do, as mentioned above, is leaving the windows open just a little. We went camping this weekend, outside temps were 45, inside we had it around 65-70, had zero condensation on the tents. In the past, before knowing the little trick of leaving the windows open a little, we had condensation so bad it would drip on us in the middle of the night at times, not a great way to get woke up I wouldn't be in a hurry to sell it, this is a fixable problem.
__________________
2013 Starcraft Travel Star 229TB
2011 Jayco X17Z(traded in)
2010 Jayco Jay Series 1207(traded for the 17Z)
2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Z71 CC 6.0L/3.73
ITBC
Reese "Pro Series" 800lb Trunnion WDH w/sway control
amabee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2013, 09:04 AM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 7
amabee & Crexmcc -
The sun is shining this morning. Maybe the rain will stop for a while so we can get some Gizmos by mail (I looked them up), or something tmporary before the "inside rain" starts again.
It never did stop dripping last night, even after I opened up more windows, but I think y'all are right, it's condensation. Probably didn't open it up enough. Did not know it could do that. Lesson learned.
Thanks!
Carol
Carol Ann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2013, 03:13 PM   #7
Site Team
 
Crabman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Virginia`s Eastern Shore
Posts: 14,655
Welcome to the forum. You may get a better response by asking your questions in the hybrid forum.
__________________
2017 Coachmen Catalina 283RKS
2004 Chevy 2500 HD CC 6.0l
2010 Jayflight 28BHS (sold)
Crabman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2014, 08:03 AM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 7
Thanks for the susggestion about hybrid forum

Thanks Crabman. Will look for the hybrid forum to post another question about traveling with the fridge butane on.
The replies in the forum were helpful. I now have popup gizmos.
Carol Ann
Carol Ann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2014, 03:54 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Camping Couple's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Kalamazoo
Posts: 726
Our experience with our previous 2007 Jayco 17export expandable was the same. In your manual it should talk about "seasoning" your canvas when it's new. We sprayed a light mist of water on the canvas in the sun and let it dry several several times. We never had a problem again with leaks. In fact, every year we would do this and never had a problem. Also, one other thing I rembember in our manual was not to touch the canvas on the inside. The oils from your skin could affect water repellency. Like Amabee said its a fixable problem. If nothing else works....contact Jayco ASAP.
__________________

__________________

2015 Jayco 24FBS Elite Jay Flight
2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4X4 6.0L 3.73 Axle
HD Trailering Package with Integrated Brake Controller
Equal-i-zer Hitch 10k/1000
Camping Couple is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:18 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.