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Old 05-12-2013, 08:51 PM   #1
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Yellow spots on 2012 x213 cieling..water damage?

Any other JayFeather owner out there seen this? Haven't owned it 30 days. Noticed these spots on our first camping trip this weekend. Looked on top of the roof. Seems to be a 4 inch stretch where there isn't any caulk at the edge of the rubber roof...maybe from the factory? After 100 hours of research, we bought the Jayco brand because dealers and owners said Jayco really stands behind there product. I sure hope so!! This unit is a "new" leftover from 2012. Dropped it off at Rapids RV in Wisconsin Rapids. Can't wait to hear what they and Jayco have to say. The big question is, this unit has been sitting outside on their lot, leaking water into the inside of the roof for a good year, how much damage is really up there???
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
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The dealer thinks its adhesive someone must have had on their hands during construction. They want to try and clean it off and seal that spot where the caulk is missing. The only problem with that theory is, these spots have grown in size since we noticed them. I'm not looking for a fast easy cover up and 3 years from now, I have a roof falling in on my camper and it's no longer under warranty. It goes without saying I'm just a little more than unhappy about this. Not what I thought I'd get when I bought a new Jayco. Also... haven't had any response from Jayco yet on the issue. Anyone else out there had a issue like this one?? Anyone??
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Looks like some sort of water leakage or chemical stain. How many others? Confined to same area?
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:13 PM   #4
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The 3 spots that are in the picture are all the spots we noticed. However, when we first noticed them there were only 2 spots and now all the spots have grown in size. I believe it's adhesive for sure.... but I think it's leaking water that's bringing it through the ceiling panel to our side where we can now see it. There is no other reason in my mind why adhesive on the top part of the panel, can show up on the bottom part of the panel. And what's above that panel? Wood...and wood + water = damage/rot/cost/unhappy camper. Sorry, I'm also doing a little venting right now too. It's issues like this that made us buy a NEW camper and not a used one with problems like LEAKING ROOFS! Grrr
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:24 PM   #5
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I've had some moisture damage a few years back, but didn't have a colored stain such as yours on the ceiling. On my ceiling there were numerous protruding "dimples" that formed that indicated that moisture had penetrated the ceiling material from above (moisture reacting with the adhesives & ceiling material).

What your dealer is stating is possible, but your comment that the "spots have grown in size" does bring question to their deduction (could be ceiling adhesive stain coming through)...., but then again a grease smudge can spread a little over time as it's absorbed.

If in fact the lack of caulking in the area you pointed out is allowing moisture to get behind the drip rail, I guess it would be possible for the moisture to find it's way into the inner frame structure (depends on how the drip rail is attached over the roofing material).

Just thinking out loud here..

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Old 05-13-2013, 05:05 PM   #6
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Thanks for your thoughts Bob! It is very strange. The only way to really know for sure would be to rip the whole thing apart. But of course, it would suck to do that and find out there really isn't any water leakage. If it were me... I would just hose down that area with the missing caulk to see if those spots inside got any worse. It's a tough problem to figure out. There isn't anything else on the roof near that damage. Everything else on the roof is located further towards the front of the trailer, air conditioner, vents, ect. Rubber roof looks like its in good shape (it should be for being only 1 year old).
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Yeah, I would do a thorough inspection of the entire roof...; all seams, vent caulking, stink pipes, etc., just to eliminate any other moisture entry possibilities (check every spring/fall). Also check to insure that your A/C bolts are tightened properly against the roof gasket seal (https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...ffected/page11).

If at any point you remain uncomfortable with the end resolution, you can always have a "RV leak pressure test" preformed, many RV dealers can do this (http://rvleaks.com/)...., if you do this be present during the test.

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A fast and easy check is to go to that same spot outside you photographed with the missing caulk, pull the vinyl cover off, and remove a few of the screws out in that area. If the screw has blackened and or rusted then your likely dealing with long term water intrusion.

The check should only take a few minutes but will be very telling.
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I will also state, one thing that bothers me on Jayco is the use of butyl tape only on the roof edges, slide extrusions, and corner trim. Every manufacturer I've owned before used butyl under the trim and finished off the edge with an industrial RV sealer like Geocel or Sikaflex.
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That's a great idea! The trailer is 60 miles away right now at the dealer but I will pass along this method and check those screws myself when I get the trailer back.
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