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Old 08-16-2018, 03:21 PM   #1
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Front don't appear to be sealed

Looking just behind my battery box just behind the diamond plate, I see where the flooring material comes out. There is nothing sealed there, no silicon, nothing. What prevents rain water front going in there when traveling down the highway and it's raining and all that spray coming off the tow vehicle and tires.
Should I fill both sides with silicone caulking?

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Trailer is a 28BHBE.
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Seems like a little buckle there. Top cover might be on the short side (is difficult to see) also looks picture is upside down. Need attention quickly before moister gets in.
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Old 08-16-2018, 03:49 PM   #3
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Don't use SILICONE use OSI Quad sealer (Home Depot/Lowes)
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X2 on the quad seal

Here is a tip that Rick's RV in Illinois told me. Get some WD40, have the spouse gun it in while you spray your finger with WD40 and use that wet finger to work it into place. Keep spraying the finger, plenty of wipes handy. Old Clothes! This stuff sticks almost instantly and the only thing to get it off is mineral spirits used almost instantly.

Before I repaired that I would see if I could narrow the gap. If you are under warranty go to the dealer with a tarp over the front if there is any rain.
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X2 on the quad seal

Here is a tip that Rick's RV in Illinois told me. Get some WD40, have the spouse gun it in while you spray your finger with WD40 and use that wet finger to work it into place. Keep spraying the finger, plenty of wipes handy. Old Clothes! This stuff sticks almost instantly and the only thing to get it off is mineral spirits used almost instantly.

Before I repaired that I would see if I could narrow the gap. If you are under warranty go to the dealer with a tarp over the front if there is any rain.
It's not under warranty.
Maybe wearing Latex gloves would help?
Did they mess this up at the factory? Should something have been done?
If so, I am going to be calling Jayco. As this trailer has been pulled in a lot of heavy rainstorms before I saw this.
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Caulking

You can't over caulk a RV. Caulking needs constant attention. Its the "ole-by-the-ways" in life that get you. You can't detect concealed damage until it becomes evident, like you put your finger thru the wall. Believe me, I know. Jayco did a In Plant Repair and rebuilt the entire front of my 2009 32BHDS in 2013 due to leakage on their dime due to concealed damage. Turned out to be a good experience.
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Seems like a little buckle there. Top cover might be on the short side (is difficult to see) also looks picture is upside down. Need attention quickly before moister gets in.
Picture is not upside down. The diamond plate is on top, then as you come down under the diamond plate, This is what you see.
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Ok as I see this correctly it is the fabric (tarp type) under the TT which pulled out.
Before the floor is fasten they use aluminum flashing on the front, and when the front is installed (laminate or alum.siding) it goes over this flashing. They finish it usual with a trim strip with putty.

If you are out of warranty, I would remove the trim strips and use butyl tape as this is much more adhesive and durable, try to get the fabric under the flashing.

Many RV's have water intrusion on the front bottom even the ones with underbelly because of the poor design. Nobody wants water between the chassis and floor.

Hopeful I give you the right answer from what I see in the pictures.
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If you look at the bottom picture on Post # 7, Here is what I am really seeing.
1st, you see the Diamond plate backing, then, as you come down at the bottom of the diamond plating, you see the black aluminum flashing. Just behind the flashing you see where the floor is attached. (This is the front part of the entire floor inside the trailer).
Behind the floor is the water resistant fabric.
All seems to be attached although the staple job looks terrible but everything seems to be attached properly. It's just that between each, the aluminum flashing, the floor and the fabric, I do not really see anything thing that would prevent water from running up in there as we are towing the trailer in heavy rain.
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