Post by swallowsretreat on Feb 26, 2014 20:27:02 GMT
"I have a little leak"
I have a Bailey Pageant Champagne 2005
I have a leak above the nearside front seating area window.
The leak comes down from the roof. When I track the leak up, it seems to be coming from the roof joint that runs across the roof from left to right where the front panel meets the roof panel. There is am metal strip holding the joint. There is no damp on the interior ceiling, just down the wall from above the window.
Without disturbing the metal strip, I cleaned away old surplus sealant, removed the screws one at a time and re-seated with Tech7 sealant and then run a bead of sealant along the sides of the metal strip.
I found one small crack at the end of the strip above the area of the leak, so sealed that too.
I am still getting water in.
I repeated what I did a second time but still no joy
What do I do next?
- could the water be traveling from somewhere else? (heater vent? but no evidence of water on the ceiling)
- Should I remove the metal strip and re-seal? (if yes, is that an easy job?)
It would appear the window itself was replaced sometime ago, so I am guessing that its an old issue reappearing.
The Awning rail is a bigger job. You would have to remove the 'End Caps' and carefully pull out the Plastic 'Rail Infill' (this can be bought from the likes of Ebay if it has gone brittle) to get at the screws. You will also need help to support the rail whilst removing and replacing so that you don't bend it. The Rail may be in 2 parts depending on the length of you van.
The problem is, if either rail has been leaking for any length of time the wood that the fixing screws go into could be rotten, I would say it then becomes a professional repair job, hopefully not (*).
(*Sorry, I'm obsessed with rotten wood at the moment. A week ago (seems longer) I investigated a small section of soft wood under the bath room floor. I now have an empty bathroom with a gaping hole were I have cut out the rotten (damp) wood, looks like the shower tray waste fitting has been leaking for years, but as the damp wood was under the shower tray it didn't show.)
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