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Old 01-08-2014, 02:39 PM   #1
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Condensation or leak?

I was starting to prepare my 220RB for an upcoming trip (weekend after next) and when I opened the hatches to the front pass through storage, I noticed a fair amount of moisture had collected. I have a piece of carpet that I cut to fit and it was pretty wet. I removed everything and have the doors open so it will dry, but am wondering if anyone else has experienced this? I checked all around and it doesn't appear to be a leak, and I know it was dry when I returned from my last camping trip. Could it just be condensation, and if it is, can I do anything about it? I like to keep "stuff" in there when not camping, especially fold up canvas chairs.
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:14 PM   #2
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You made me wonder, so I just went out and checked. No moisture in ours...Dry as a bone.
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Look around baggage doors. Our 2012 Zinger leaked thru the hinge on one side.

Maybe cover doors somehow to test?
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I have heard of people using a dehumidifier if your able to leave your camper plugged in when at home.
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Old 01-09-2014, 03:27 AM   #5
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Thanks. We have had a lot of really wet weather over the past few weeks. I'll try hosing down the hatches this afternoon and see if any water is getting in that way. If it is leaking around the hinges, not sure what I can do about that though.
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After making sure you are on really good terms with your wife grab a good flashlight and climb in. Let her close the door and hose it down good while you watch. It shouldn't leak. While a different model mine has never leaked.
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:11 AM   #7
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I bought peel-N-stick weather stripping from Lowes.

I ran a second seal around on the actual door first. Still leaked.

I put a strip right down the center of the hinge (door open). Forced door shut a few times and let her go. Leak stopped.

Could be locks, too. Use the hose and see what happens is all you can do.
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Old 01-09-2014, 01:35 PM   #8
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OK, so I sprayed both hatches with a hose and sure enough, there was water inside each side. Of course, I was spraying directly on the seams, but still... I dried it as best I could as we are expecting rain tonight. I'll check again tomorrow afternoon. The gaskets did not seem to be very thick, and one was coming loose at a bottom corner as well. At least I have a direction to proceed.
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