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Old 04-22-2014, 07:48 PM   #1
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Water in ST220RB

I have noticed water in the front storage compartment before, but not sure how it is getting. We had a LOT of rain last week, and apparently water got in the front compartment and then made its was into the main compartment, under the bed. I noticed a couple of boxes that I have under there were damp.

I can't do much about it until I get back home on the 30th. I think the first thing I will do is try to seal the bottom of the front compartment that is next to the bed. Of course I need to find the root cause too. I suspect it is getting in through one of the access panels, but not sure how I can keep it out.
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Old 04-25-2014, 01:10 PM   #2
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I have a ST30RE and found water in the closets on either side of bed and in the pass through. In my case the water came in where the roofing material meets the front fiberglass cap. I attached a pic of what I found on both sides. The globs of sealant used in attempt to make up will eventually pull away. I am in the process of repairing with Eternabond products. I suggest checking the seam.
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Old 04-27-2014, 05:03 AM   #3
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I'll check that out when I get back home. I had no water in the closets but they are above floor level. Not really sure how much water got under the bed. I'll want to get this taken care of before my upcoming month long trip to Texas though. I know we had about a solid week of rain last year and I didn't really notice any water.
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I climbed up this afternoon to have a look and saw no obvious defect. The water apparently is only getting into the forward storage on the right side (facing forward). I also noticed a "bend" in the lower lip of the opening, which causes the gasket to be out of alignment. I seem to recall once that I dropped one of the bars for the Equilizer Hitch on that lip. I'm thinking that could be where the water is getting in. I'm going to try to straighten it up somehow.
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Old 04-27-2014, 05:40 PM   #5
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Make sure to check the marker lights and the other light mounted to the front, these are notorious for leaks.
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:06 PM   #6
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Thanks Beamer, I will check that in the morning. Dark now.
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Water in ST220RB - update

We had a fair amount of rain last night (more to come, unfortunately), so I went out this morning to check for water. Sure enough, there is water in the front pass through storage. At first I thought it was coming in at the access hatch, but once I removed items, I noticed a pool of water nearer the center at the rear wall. Going inside, there is a good amount of water under the bed. I climbed back up to inspect the roof, and discovered two or maybe three small holes in the big bead of sealant between the roofing material and the front cap. The holes are pretty much lined up with the pooling water in the compartment.

As a temporary measure, I have put some duct tape over the tears. It looks like there might be some screws or something that wore through the sealant. Sealant looked pretty thin in that area. Hopefully the duct tape will prevent at least some of the water from getting in until I can get some Eternabond tape on it. Any other suggestions to keep water out, either temporarily or permanently? I found a roll of Eternabond tape (10' by 4") on Amazon for about $21. Not sure if I can find it locally but it is sure to be a lot more expensive.

I've dried as much water as I could from the compartment and under the bed. Also have the mattress off so I can prop up the cover the area under the bed. Once the rain comes again I'll check the camper again. Hopefully that is where the water is getting in and I can repair it.
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Angle the trailer as nose high as you can and strap a tarp over it.
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If you have electric available where your trailer is setting, I would suggest placing some fans around the areas that are wet wet and letting them run 24/7.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:44 AM   #10
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Angle the trailer as nose high as you can and strap a tarp over it.
Good idea. I just did that.

Thanks LLoyd on the fan idea. I'll see if I can track one or two down. I am hooked up to shore power right now. I especially want the area under the bed to dry.
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If you have access to a dehumidifier, that would be good property also.
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If you have access to a dehumidifier, that would be good property also.

Awesome recommendation...
We had a seal go bad on our old hybrid TT and of course, we took on water in the bed area....the dehumidfier saved alot of the trim/wood according to the dealer.
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Old 04-30-2014, 12:23 PM   #13
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Update

More rain last night, but with the tarp on the RV, I found no water in either the storage compartment nor under the bed. The fan inside is still running and I will probably leave it on until tomorrow. I don't have a dehumidifier, unfortunately. Eternabond tape ordered and should be here by the end of next week. Hoping after putting the tape on the holes I will have the problem solved!

Thanks for all the recommendations.
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More rain last night, but with the tarp on the RV, I found no water in either the storage compartment nor under the bed. The fan inside is still running and I will probably leave it on until tomorrow. I don't have a dehumidifier, unfortunately. Eternabond tape ordered and should be here by the end of next week. Hoping after putting the tape on the holes I will have the problem solved!

Thanks for all the recommendations.
Sounds as though the sealant is your problem You will definitely be happy with the Eternabond tape repair.
We have had a lot of rain and hard wind driven rain the last two days. I was out at my rural property today and checked inside the camper and all was dry.
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Old 05-10-2014, 08:35 PM   #15
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Update

Finally got the shipment of Eternabond tape and was able to get some on late Friday. I sprayed the top down for a while (after a couple of hours) and saw no water either in the storage compartment or under the bed. We had a couple of pretty good rain showers late today and I just went out and again, no water visible. I'm hoping that the problem is solved. I leave a week from tomorrow for an extended trip to Texas for 24 days. Bound to have some rain during that time.
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Good news, and I'll betcha it sure made you feel good.
I don't know just how much you will have to worry about rain while you are in TX. They would love to get some moisture down there.
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Good news, and I'll betcha it sure made you feel good.
I don't know just how much you will have to worry about rain while you are in TX. They would love to get some moisture down there.
Yes, I was happy about it. About the rain - the music festival lasts 18 days, and last year the first week was awful weather wise. A solid week of heavy rain and high winds. Rain and occasional thunder storm is expected, but that was over the top. Lots of folks, especially those tent camping, didn't stay.
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Glad to hear that you got the water problem solved. Although we received some rain this week we need more so bring that rain with you when you come. Where is the music festival being held?
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Glad to hear that you got the water problem solved. Although we received some rain this week we need more so bring that rain with you when you come. Where is the music festival being held?
I'll try not to bring too much...

The festival is in Kerrville, NW of San Antonio. It has been going on since 1972. This will be my 10th year of attending, and I will actually be able to spend the entire 18 days for the first time. I usually have to head back before the final weekend but this year I will not start back home until the Monday after the last weekend. Also taking my time going back, making it a 3 day trip rather than 2. Driving 1000 miles that will make the trip back less tiresome.
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It's good to hear that you have your leak resolved. Hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip!
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