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Old 09-15-2015, 10:26 PM   #1
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where IS the leak?

Our Trillium has a leak that we haven't been able to find. Water arrives on the right hand side of the front couch - sometimes (but not always) after significant rain. We had a two day downpour with no unwelcome water - then a few days later we had a puddle after a short shower. It takes several hours to show. It makes no sense. Can anyone send us a clue as to where it may be entering and why it takes a long time to get to the bunk?
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:06 AM   #2
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Hi Hazel, water is crazy stuff. I am going to say that is more likely the angle of the rain than the quantity of the rain that is causing your leak. Does it leak if you are driving in the rain or only when you are parked?

I used to be an apartment manager and we had a window that would only leak when the wind was very strong from the South. It would soak the landing carpet, but we could never find that leak.

Being a small trailer you will find the leak. Try a garden hose at different angles and see what happens. Don't forget the belly band. Good luck.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:25 AM   #3
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. It takes several hours to show. It makes no sense. Can anyone send us a clue as to where it may be entering and why it takes a long time to get to the bunk?
Water will take the path of least resistance and it may be coming from a leak in a roof vent and creep along under the wall covering a long ways from the original leak ..... only way to figure it out would be to shoot water from a hose at the front window to make sure thats not the source first. Then try the roof vent and wait a while to see if water appears.
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Trilliums have a belly band problem. The fact that the water shows up several hours after the rain seems to indicate that it is working it's way under the Ensolite, to eventually show up on your bunk.

The quick fix is to run caulk, (not silicone) over the top of the belly band. The permanent fix is a bit more involved:
My First Belly Band Thread
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Old 09-19-2015, 04:02 PM   #5
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I had a rivet leaking on the roof of my Scamp that was driving me crazy till I found it. Same thing.... just leaked at random times. I even removed and resealed a window before I finally figured it out. Frustrating!
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:18 PM   #6
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I guess we'll keep searching every once in a while. It is frustrating when it doesn't happen every time it rains. Its a bit like having a kid who is almost toilet trained-just when you relax and think that the problem is over you get another wet spot!
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Do not forget to really clean the window frame channels and weep holes. If those are not perfectly clear, they overflow inside.
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