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Old 05-06-2013, 11:01 AM   #1
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How to trouble shoot a leak

Need advice on how to trouble shoot a leak. I am a complete novice and will need it spelled out for me. Here's what I walked into the other afternoon:


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The trailer was sitting tilted back. It's all cleaned up and dry now and is safe in the garage.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:31 AM   #2
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If there's no evidence of water running down the walls, it may have crept in at the base...does the siding go down below the floor level on the outside of the trailer, or does it appear to stop/rest on the floor?

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Old 05-06-2013, 01:01 PM   #3
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I assume this is a leak on the Little Guy teardrop. I think they are known to have leak issues at the seams or hatch. The problem with leaks is that water will travel from the source to where you see it, making it difficult to find where it originates. If snow laid on it, that could cause water to back up rather than run off, just like on a house roof. Have you asked this question over on the tnttt site, it's more related to there and should be a source of answers specific to your trailer. We also have a teardrop, but it's a vintage one, 1946, no wood other than the floor and hatch ribs.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:41 PM   #4
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Nope, sold Little Guy. This is on my 1982 13' Scamp.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:47 PM   #5
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Courtney it would help if you could give us a description of what part of the trailer we are looking at. I have Scamp but I cant figure out what location in the trailer that might be.

Also can you tell us what general area of the trailer the water appeared to ran down to the rear from? Are there windows or hatches in that area?
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This is the back of the camper, under the table (and back window). At the time I could not find the source because I was frantically trying to squeeze it in my garage and get the water out! When I initially looked I did not notice it coming from the ceiling vent, however, after I got it in the garage I saw water dropping from the vent. I don't remember initially seeing anything wet running from under the vent towards the back of the camper, so I'm thinking there's another leak somewhere back there.
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Nope, sold Little Guy. This is on my 1982 13' Scamp.
You confused me because you still have the Little Guy listed as your trailer. But my statement of water traveling still applies. Had that issue with our Uhaul, leaks drove me nuts trying to locate the source.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:19 PM   #8
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Yeah, can't figure out how to edit my profile. Suggestions?
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Click on "User CP" at the top of this page- it'll take you to your control panel. "Profile/Edit details" is an option there.

Do be sure to click on "save changes" at the bottom of the page when finished, or it'll just revert to whatever is there now. (Go ahead- try to guess how I know that )

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I would take out back benches, check water tank, water tank inlet, back window, all water lines in that area, taillights mounts even bolt holes for spare. With benchs out you could pull up ensolite a bit if that would help to isolate if you dont think it is the vent. May have to douse it with water to get it to leak again, hard to find if its not a active leak
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If you dont see any water damage under the benches I would be included to first element the two most probable cases. Run a hose full power over your vent for a few minutes do you start to see water dripping. No water - then do the same on the back window.
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I'm betting on the window, check the little clean out slots for dirt, if they are open then you need to figure if it is around the window frame or around the glass within the frame.
Then we can advise.
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Humm, the leak could also be coming from the spare tire mount....
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:36 PM   #14
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Great places for me to start my investigation. Thanks all. Out of town on business. First chance to look at it will be Thursday evening. Crazy weekend, too, with my little one's birthday party and Mother's Day. Will let y'all know what I discover.
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