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Old 03-22-2011, 09:28 PM   #15
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Judy, just for the fun of it go ahead and seal those up when you get the chance, you never know.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:04 PM   #16
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Will do tomorrow. I could look back at old posts but what is the best way to seal up those openings?
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:19 PM   #17
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Well you know that they hate silicone here, but that would work well or maybe you could get away with some type of caulk.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:30 PM   #18
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Thanks much! Will try that tomorrow. Although, I imagine I won't know for sure for awhile.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:59 PM   #19
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Judy IMO the window gasket would be my first place to look. I swear it may look like the 2 meet but have found that not to be the case with mine. In my trailer when I discovered it was leaking I found water pooled up on the upper ledge that the bunk attached to ( I assume were talking the front closest to the hitch) and rolled its way down behind the ensolite. Check the curtain rod rivets and also the rivets that hold the front guard on those loosen frequently.

Water also for me leaked in via the vent right behind the fridge. The rivets were old and weak. Water wicked in here via the belly band and kinda rolled on in real slow like up and over into the vent. Check and see if that might be the case, open the vent behind the fridge and see if its wet here, it could have sloshed on over to the front bunk compartments.

If that's not it I start a slow process of find the leak by placing duct tape over the suspected (or even unsuspecting rivets) and pour water over said rivet. I usually start from the bottom working up to the belly band.

If that fails what I have also done to find a leak is wait til its raining and walk out into my trailer and see if I can spot where its trickling down. It works best for me when the trailer is dark and I shine a flashlight near the edges. If you are referring to the back side of the trailer in those compartments well let me know I'm good at spotting those leaks as well.

I will say 1 rivet can make a whole lotta water and it might not even look loose. Water on plain fiberglass leaves a tiny trail like a slug trail its can be white or darkish. I would not tear into the ensolite if you didn't have to.

The Black seal around the bottom is just ornamental and to far down (at least on mine) water is more than likely not from this source unless there's some gaping hole hidden underneath. Good luck!



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Photos might help us advise
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:34 AM   #21
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As far as the eewwwy smell I did pull my carpet out and thankfully so, yellowinsh/orange/green puke color was just really not my style. I did put vinyl in but did not seal it down and since I have sprouted several leaks over time I was glad I didn't glue it to the floor. Little containers of dryz air will help keep it from being so damp and a small heater once you discover the leak source and fix it. I found these containers of a very similar thing to dry z air at lowes right next to the dry z air. The containers have lids so when driving one could cover it up, also they had ones you could hang in your closet which would work great in the small compartments and closet.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:16 AM   #22
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Whew, thanks Flygal for all the advise! I am going to seal up the front window today and see what that gets me. I did pull up the carpet in the front compartments as it was wet and ugly. There isn't any water in there this morning. I have to say in the center of the front window on the inside there is a very small spot that is wet. It's possible it's leaking in and running down behind the ensolite. Looks like a couple of the white little caps on the outside are broken too, would this allow water in?
I'm wondering how you attached your flooring if you didn't glue it down. I have seen trailers with a pergo type floating floor, what do you think about that?
Time to go out in the rain and poke around some more.
Thanks so much!!
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Those "white caps" cover the rivets and the rivets have holes in them all the way though. So yes, uncovered rivets allow water intrusion.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:09 AM   #24
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Water intrusion culprit found! At least one place. Yes, the front window is leaking just as Flygal had experienced. A little puddle is evident on the ledge behind the top bunk. I am thinking that foam may be wet as well. So, now my question is will that ensolite dry out eventually? It seems like it might be hard to dry out the backing.

Off to Lowe's for some sealant! and dry-z?
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Those "white caps" cover the rivets and the rivets have holes in them all the way though. So yes, uncovered rivets allow water intrusion.
I have a "wish list" going on the Scamp parts website. I will add those caps to the list. Probably a bigger priority than that new stainless steel cooktop. Thanks!
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:31 AM   #26
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Don't know the lingo. I have "rat fur" not ensolite?
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:48 PM   #27
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I think "rat fur" is a Casita thing, maybe not, but it is kinda sorta like automotive carpeting or short fuzzy headliner material. I have Ensolite, it's white and kinda foam like and heavy feeling.
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Yeah!!!! Okay for me I went to an rv store and purchased a clear sealer that came in a toothpaste size tube that goes on similar to caulk....I've loaned my tube out so i can't remember what it was called. I did both sides inside and out but just near the source of the leak not all the way around. On the inside I was generous becasue it is covered by ensolite and wasn't viewable by perfectionist eyes. The stuff is pretty tar like sticky so maybe tape off the area you want to do, slather on * using gloves of course* and smooth out, remove the tape.

Your ensolite will dry out its a closed cell something something something lingo I don't recall...basically its not a sponge so its not like its holding all that water. You can order new caps and rivets from scamp but you can also get those same items from Lowes, (home depot had a terrible rivet selection...ace hardware also has the rivets but no caps. The caps are nice but my trailer has none. Putting in rivets is a two person job and you'll need 9/16th lenght rivets or so I've found maybe longer if your using caps. Zip me a line I can walk you thru it if you need.

As for my floor I layed the vinyl indoors for a week until it was nice and flat, its pretty thin an so it just lays there the edges don't really curl so there's been no problems there. I did also place a layer of underlayment stuff that they use under wood flooring to help insulate and keep moister from getting to the floor



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Water intrusion culprit found! At least one place. Yes, the front window is leaking just as Flygal had experienced. A little puddle is evident on the ledge behind the top bunk. I am thinking that foam may be wet as well. So, now my question is will that ensolite dry out eventually? It seems like it might be hard to dry out the backing.

Off to Lowe's for some sealant! and dry-z?
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