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sandmarv83

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Posted: 07/01/19 06:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Strongly considering purchasing a pull behind camper but it seems everyone keeps their campers covered in some form or other.

Do they all leak?????

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They all can leak. You need to keep up with the inspections and maintenance. The roof seems to be the most vulnerable area.
However, they can leak at other seams or around openings.

Most cover their RV to help keep it clean and protect it from sun damage. But a cover also helps keep it dry.
Don't let the possibility of a leak keep you from buying.

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If you buy an RV you're gonna have to Maintain it and yes, unless you are a DIYer, you're gonna have to pay a penny, especially for labor. So this is the point where you ask yourself if you can take on another "bag of Expenses." UV rays and Oxidation are killers, it would be nice if I could keep My Moho tarped or covered at all times, especially in the S.Texas or Az or Nv sun, but CG's don't allow it, so yes get ready to recaulk every 6 moths to a yr, and reseal every yr to 2 yrs. If you're not a fulltimer and you keep your RV in a garage you may be able to extend the recaulking and resealing intervals.

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Posted: 07/01/19 07:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Campers CAN leak but not all actually do leak;

My last 3 campers have been water tight but then I do keep then in a barn
to protect them from the elements. The sun does a number on the rubber roof
so I prefer to protect the roof.

Also an annual maintenance of the roof is almost required.

If you find a camper that is covered, it may be a good sign that the owner
cares about their RV and may be in better condition to owners who leave them
outside.


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Posted: 07/01/19 07:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Campers are a upside down boat
Bust
Out
Another
Thousand

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newman fulltimer wrote:

Campers are a upside down boat
Bust
Out
Another
Thousand


That is good, and true.

Do all campers leak? Of course they do if you don't maintain the seals, especially the roof seals. I keep my RV inside the barn all the time when not in use. Did that with my last one too. Amazing how well they hold up with a roof over their tops and they stay looking (and smelling ) new too.

The biggest mistake I see with RV's is letting them sit outside all the time and never checking the seals. The sun drys the seals out and then they leak and turn into junk.

Quite a few around me, all sitting outside, winter and summer, all potential leakers. Guy sown the road lets his sit with the slides out in mid winter..,..duh.


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Posted: 07/01/19 08:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have had 14 in 35 yrs , never had any leaks .

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Posted: 07/02/19 03:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In three trailers over thirty years, I have had only one leak and that was in a cracked skylight
I check and maintain mine twice a year

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Posted: 07/02/19 05:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Those that say they never had leaks probably never removed screws to see the rust. I keep mine in a pole barn except when in use, but have found numerous rusted screws.

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Anything can and will leak if not maintained including a sick and brick home. Covering when not in use just makes the maintenance easier.

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