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Old 12-29-2011, 03:59 PM   #1
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Mysterious Scamp Leak

Rain has soaked the carpeted floor under my Scampís rear dinette. The windows and vents were securely closed. Are there other typical sources where mysterious leaks occur, because Iím stumped for making any repairs? Approximately two cups entered from a one-inch rain. I hope that some of you experienced observers can supply suggestions.
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:12 PM   #2
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Check the window's drain caps that allow condensate to drip out, they sometimes clog and you will have water drip inside a closed window. Although the window is closed it can still leak around the glass and rubber and collect at the bottom where a little vent will allow the water to escape, if it remains unobstructed.
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Mine had a small drip come down the antenna to the handle. Couldn't find it until someone slept on the (Dinette to bed conversion) when it was raining. I put some rtv sealant around the shaft of the antenna outside so the water would drip to the roof, not down the shaft to the inside.

With the table in place inside the water would run to the lowest point then drip to the floor. It did a little water damage to the table top and edge trim.

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Old 12-29-2011, 07:06 PM   #4
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Check the window's drain caps that allow condensate to drip out, they sometimes clog and you will have water drip inside a closed window. Although the window is closed it can still leak around the glass and rubber and collect at the bottom where a little vent will allow the water to escape, if it remains unobstructed.
Thanks. This makes sense. I've cleaned out some muddy decay that may have diverted water inward. If it ever rains again here, I may see the results.
Once again, thanks!
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Weed wacker line is great for clearing the drain caps. It's limp enough to twist and turn into the cap, but hard enough to do the job without damaging the cap or the aluminum frame. Besides most people have a machine they can snip a foot or so and that makes it cheap to use since you don't have to go buy something!
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:22 PM   #6
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I knew you good people would have helpful suggestions. Many thanks. Tomorrow I floss my windows.
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I had the very same problem with my Scamp 13'. I unclipped the window drain covers from the outside, opened the holes slightly larger with a drill, replaced the small plastic covers. This helped but I still had wet carpet after short rains in Arizona. I finally fixed it when I removed all the windows and replaced the rope/tape style seals. These tend to dry out and should be replaced every 3 to 5 years.
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What year is the offended Scamp?
If there is Rat Fur on the walls this can easily hide the true location of the problem as the water will just run to the lowest point behind the Fur tricking you maybe as to its origin?

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When I installed MaxAir vents on my windows, leaks resulted. The water will find a screw and if not sealed drip down behind the window. If the vents do not take care of the issue, then as David suggested, time to remove and reinstall with new butyl tape and seal all screw holes.
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Yes, my 2003 Scamp wears Rat Fur and yes it may easily be tricking me. The leak ďseemsĒ to be originating at the window. Thereís nothing out of the ordinary, like an antennae or air-conditioner, up above so Iíll concentrate on the window for now. Iím not too sure the above mentioned advice applies to the 2003 windows, though. Mine are all-aluminum with a rubber-like gasket sealing the outside. There are horizontal slits that act as weep holes to the outside which were plenty dirty, if not clogged. I donít see any drain covers nor small plastic covers.
Could these windows be different than those that David B. got to rebuild?
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Yes, my 2003 Scamp wears Rat Fur and yes it may easily be tricking me. The leak “seems” to be originating at the window. There’s nothing out of the ordinary, like an antennae or air-conditioner, up above so I’ll concentrate on the window for now. I’m not too sure the above mentioned advice applies to the 2003 windows, though. Mine are all-aluminum with a rubber-like gasket sealing the outside. There are horizontal slits that act as weep holes to the outside which were plenty dirty, if not clogged. I don’t see any drain covers nor small plastic covers.
Could these windows be different than those that David B. got to rebuild?
Some have the covers and some don't, my 2004 has slots like yours which are easier to clean. Otherwise they are the same.
My Maxxair vents don't leak after many years of use,but anyway the window in question doesn't have one.
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Thanks

For the record, Iíve cleaned the window frame channels with weed whacker string and a strong shop vac. Iím feeling good about it for it certainly looks like it canít possibly leak. I thank yíall for your help!
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Don't wait on the rain, go out and hose it down.
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