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Old 01-02-2017, 07:16 AM   #1
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Oh no....more issues...slideout leaking

Beginning to get a little frustrated with the issues, but not giving up. After a good rain my dinette and the buffet were soaked. It appears that there used to be a light or something in the slide out ceiling and now there is a blank cover over that. It appears that there was water there, but not sure. Anyway now I am kind of thinking that I should take it to an RV place and have roof/slideouts thoroughly checked. Oops forgot to mention it is my new to me 2005 Vectra 40 AD, and with that being said how do I get on my posts the name and model I own. I see it on lots of peoples posts but don't know how to add it to mine.
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Old 01-02-2017, 07:24 AM   #2
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Beginning to get a little frustrated with the issues, but not giving up. After a good rain my dinette and the buffet were soaked. It appears that there used to be a light or something in the slide out ceiling and now there is a blank cover over that. It appears that there was water there, but not sure. Anyway now I am kind of thinking that I should take it to an RV place and have roof/slideouts thoroughly checked. Oops forgot to mention it is my new to me 2005 Vectra 40 AD, and with that being said how do I get on my posts the name and model I own. I see it on lots of peoples posts but don't know how to add it to mine.
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Old 01-02-2017, 07:30 AM   #3
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We had a slide leak and discovered that it was the seams on the top, the membrane had buckled a bit and was allowing some seepage (doesn't take much for a lot of water to come it, and ANY water is bad). We used Eternabond tape and did the full seam on each side. I could reach them when the slide was in (step stool and a long arm). Something like that might help?
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Old 01-02-2017, 07:31 AM   #4
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Our '04 Vectra had two leaks over the slides. The slides were 'in' when I noticed the water pooling on top. However, it wasn't the slides as they are covered with the roll-out awning. (So, if yours leak when slides are out, that might be something different.) You have to look upstream or downstream from leaks, as water runs to the lowest point of course. So, our leaks were from the rain channel where the roof meets the wall and one was where the big awning is attached to the roof. I tried using Dicor self-leveling caulk. But, getting the old stuff out is very difficult, and most likely, I didn't get enough in the crack. After one attempt, and during a drive through dreary Iowa last February, the roof pulled out from the channel in one spot during high cross winds. So, I used The Tape. Eternabond tape that is, along the entire 40 feet of coach both sides. The black and silver tapes matched the coach colors fairly well, and from a few feet away, you can hardly tell it's there. No leaks.

Don't give up on your coach, we're very happy with our 2004 model Vectra. Had to spend some time and money getting it road worthy and livable too. Four new coach batteries first week out, Freightliner Oasis oil change, new coolant recovery tank, fixed two suspension/brake air leaks. I replaced two toilet water valves, 'city/fill' valve as well. The latter parts due to previous poor job of winterizing coach, valves froze and cracked. Our HWH hydraulic jacks make funny noises when lowering, unless I push the lowering button a couple times. We're currently north of Puerto Vallarta and the rough Mexican roads haven't beat up the coach too much!
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Had the same issue with our '04 Vectra on the passenger side slide. If it rained very hard and was windy, we would get a drip from the reading light above the couch. I found that the slide topper was holding a lot of water. Never did figure out how the water got in though. I could push up on the topper with a broom stick and dump an ocean worth of water off. I have seen some people put a cheap air mattress under the topper to push it up letting the water drain. When I looked under the topper it looked dry and dusty. Even more strange, this winter we have had a couple pretty good rains and no drip.

Take a look to see if your topper looks slack. I'm thinking we will be replacing all three of ours this summer anyway.

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Old 01-02-2017, 10:35 AM   #6
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You know those foam noodles kids use to play with in water? That's what a lot of people buy to put under their slide out awnings to lift them up and help water not pool.

As far as not finding the leak over a slide, and it being dry and dusty under the slide awning...that's probably a leak at the roof to rain gutter interface. The seal gives out and since the fiberglass roof shrinks and expands due to weather conditions, it can pull away from the seal altogether. Wind can get under the roof and lift it right off. As a result of the expansion & contraction, the seal should be checked at least once a year if not more.

Personally, I'm not much of seal checker so I just ordered 100 feet of 2" Eternabond. I'm going to tape the entire roof/side seam like Grenadiers suggests.
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So something else to look at. I had a leak on our slide and it turned out it was the electric slide lock. Our coach has an electric lock at the top center of the slide. This lock is like a small hole with a hook that moves up into a u bolt locking the slide in place while traveling. Anyway there is a small access hole on the outside wall of the slide at the very top. This is a "drain pipe" for the locking device. This hole had become clogged with stuff and once it was cleaned out using a long pipe cleaning wire water would again drain out of the lock. What was happening was rain and snow melt water was collecting in this lock and it began to then leak into the wall on the inside of the slide.
Seems that there is always something.
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Old 01-04-2017, 08:07 AM   #9
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As far as not finding the leak over a slide, and it being dry and dusty under the slide awning...that's probably a leak at the roof to rain gutter interface. The seal gives out and since the fiberglass roof shrinks and expands due to weather conditions, it can pull away from the seal altogether. Wind can get under the roof and lift it right off. As a result of the expansion & contraction, the seal should be checked at least once a year if not more.
The slide we had a leak from is below the awning. Even when retracted it covers where the roof meets the gutter. Had a couple of pretty good rains on it this winter and no leak. Go figure.
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Old 01-07-2017, 01:21 PM   #10
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Beginning to get a little frustrated with the issues, but not giving up. After a good rain my dinette and the buffet were soaked. It appears that there used to be a light or something in the slide out ceiling and now there is a blank cover over that. It appears that there was water there, but not sure. Anyway now I am kind of thinking that I should take it to an RV place and have roof/slideouts thoroughly checked. Oops forgot to mention it is my new to me 2005 Vectra 40 AD, and with that being said how do I get on my posts the name and model I own. I see it on lots of peoples posts but don't know how to add it to mine.
Had a '05 vectra fd at one time. The slide roof design is very poor. Here is what I suggest if you don't have mold in the ceiling. (If you do have mold, call Lichtsinn RV, Forest City, IA and see if they can do a good repair. I had the factory do my bedroom slide roof but the quality of service has gone way down since then. Lichtsinn's has a very good reputation.)

With the slide in, clean the roof behind the trim if you can get your hand in there. I think you can. Once clean, get some small diameter backer rod (building supplier/HD, Lowe's will have it). You now need to put a bead of caulking at the roof to trim transition and press the backer rod into it. This is easier said than done.

Remove the topper roll and lay it back on the main roof. Clean the slide roof very well and caulk all of the seams where it attaches to the sides. Inspect the surface for hail damage and pin holes. New roof might be in order.

Because of the mold over my bed Winnebago had to replace all of the materials except the roof frame. Big bucks. I had to keep a close watch of it after and re-caulk from time to time.

Hope things work out for you on the cheaper side.

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Old 04-01-2017, 05:50 AM   #11
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Check the slideout wiper seals. Thats the squeegy type seals. Make sure they are not damaged and are correctly aligned and overlapping at the top where the vertical and horizontal seals meet. We had a similar problem on the passenger side of our 06 Itasca Horizon. The rear vertical slide seal had about 4 inches missing at the top. Water damaged the microwave and leather ceiling. Good Luck.
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Old 04-01-2017, 03:55 PM   #12
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had the same issue with water leaks in the back bedroom. I found that there was a separation in the roof and the water drains. I sealed it and no more water leaks. I ran a bead on both sides of the roof just to make sure. In places, I had a 1/4 inch separation.
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Old 04-11-2017, 02:42 PM   #13
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Slide lock drain cleaning

I just want to pass along another tip to clean the drain holes besides the fuzzy pipe cleaners. I thought I had fixed the leaks (both slides) with the pipe cleaner but not so. This time I used a squeeze bulb (similar to a turkey baster) with a small hose attached and repeatedly sucked and blew into the drain hole. Amazing results! Dirt and water came out in volumes.
I now have this on my PM check list.

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Old 04-11-2017, 03:48 PM   #14
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I know everyone with a 200000 coach says theirs never leak, but I believe if it is going to rain like a torrent, pull in the slides. Why take a chance. Slide toppers help, but wind driven rain can find its way in. I have only one slide, so I tip the coach ever so slightly toward the slide. This way water will run off the slide if it gets under the topper, not run toward the seals and possibly under them and into the coach. Some of us are running older rvs that are less than 100 percent. Every trick helps.
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