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Old 01-16-2016, 06:02 PM   #1
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Just found a leak in the most unlikely spot

It's from the screw head in the storage hatch door frame. Water just lays in the bottom of that track and if there's just a small pin hole in the caulk around that screw your going to have a leak where the floor meets the side wall on the inside. Luckily that hatch is not carpeted but my other one is and its dry for now. Looks like I'll add a dab or two of caulk on those screw heads after this post.
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Old 01-16-2016, 06:24 PM   #2
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Yea, I get that. I have sealed all around my storage hatch doors but they still leak. I have come to the realization that they leak through the top piano hinge and then run into the door and down into the frame area. Not sure how to stop it but it really bugs me
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Old 01-16-2016, 08:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for the heads up Tunce! That's a good idea. I will have to do the same on our storage doors. What kind of caulk did you use? Will a silicone sealant work?
I also need to add a dab of sealant at the top of our awning where the wires for the LED lights go into the side wall. The existing sealant doesn't look like silicone. I'll do a search here on the site to see what other members use.
Troutslayer, I did not know those hinges can leak, thanks. I'll have to keep an eye on those after the next storm moves through.
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Think I'll pull the frame on one of the hatch doors to inspect. My previous [not Jayco] didn't have but rubber caulk on the hatch doors. This thread got me thinking.
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I used Dicor self-leveling caulk because that's the caulk I had left over from the roof. Put just a dab on the screw head ( with the aid of a heat lamp) for a minute or two and it covered it where the pin hole leak was.
While your at it check the caulk around your kitchen sink because sometimes they forget to caulk it properly.
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Old 01-17-2016, 07:41 PM   #6
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I'll definitely take a look at that too! Thanks for the info.
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Good to know... I'd be inclined to remove the screw, cover it with a sealant, then re-install it and then put more sealant over the screw head.
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Kind of what I did to 90% of the screws in the whole RV. Removed, filled hole and coated screw head mating surface with geocel and resecured. A lot I changed out for stainless screws. Keeps all from wicking.
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Yea, I get that. I have sealed all around my storage hatch doors but they still leak. I have come to the realization that they leak through the top piano hinge and then run into the door and down into the frame area. Not sure how to stop it but it really bugs me
I discovered this same issue today on our new trailer. Seems like the gutter drips down right on the hinge.
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Icescreamer; Just extend the gutter with 4" 3/4 clear hose and water will be away from the walls. Just use a #6 SS 1/2" screw and drill from the top but screw from the bottom.
Have done this for the last 30 years and works great.

Those storage access doors are easy to seal with High Quality Butyl Tape. The joint of the frame is on top by the hinge and care should be taken to seal this proper.
As BigJohnD said is the proper procedure for sealing the screws. On the outside and under the frame the use of stainless Steel Screws or Bolts etc. is an good idea.
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