I’ve always disliked the rain from driving in it to just being in it. But now that we’re living full time in our 5th wheel “Bailey” I’ve grown to HATE THE RAIN.
The sprinkling of rain on the roof can be annoying which is compounded further when you park under a tree. The non-rhythmic sound of a heavy SPLAT
Then there’s the known fact that water is bad when found inside of your home, car, boat, RV or anywhere it shouldn’t be. Mold grows faster than you can imagine in the right elements.
So the first couple of months of rain storms I would frantically get out of bed to check all the windows and around the slide outs for water. I’m sure Don thought I had lost my mind! Regardless, I was determined to find any leaks and luckily there had been no sign of water inside during even the worst of the worst storms.
I became accustomed to the new sounds I stopped looking for water, for the most part. But one night, in particular, seemed a little ‘off’ with a weird noise I hadn’t heard before. The splat sound was a little louder and a different pitch than when it comes off the rain gutters onto a hard surface below. I stayed in bed listening, debating if I should go check it out. For peace of mind, I decided to take a look, trying not to disturb Don.
RV Slide-Out Water Feature
While I tiptoed in the darkness, listening intently for where the sound was coming from, down the steps I went, placing my bare foot onto the cold WET floor below. I grabbed for a flashlight, turning it on to see a waterfall coming off the dining room slide-out onto my laptop sitting on the table, then running onto the floor below. The words I said while flipping on the lights woke Don, who came out to see what was going on.
For a quick fix for we brought the problem RV slide-out part way in, at a slight angle downwards. This would prevent the rain from pooling up on top and run inside. It was the best we could do at 4 am — the time of day everything seems to go wrong.
Why Do We Have A Water Feature
The next day after a little rest, we finished the cleanup. Now, to figure out why we have a water feature. After several months of heavy rain, why did it happen now? The 5th wheel was level, so that couldn’t be it. A few days prior we inspected all the seals and conditioned them. Check out our blog about it
HERE (coming soon).
Don went up on the roof to look for the cause. Apparently, the seal on the top of the slide-out was not laying flat to prevent water from coming in. We moved the slide in and out to watch the problematic rubber piece. All was okay each time we brought the slide-out in and out fully; the seal would lay flat as it should. So what caused our seal to suddenly not function as it should?
The RV Slide-Out Cause
I started thinking about it and soon realized, I was the cause. The other day I hit the button on the dining room slide-out rather than the awning. By doing so, the slide out came in just an inch or so before I realized my error and put it back out. That small movement was just enough for the seal to flip back on itself, hindering a watertight seal.
Who would have thought that accidentally pushing the RV’s slide-out button would give us a water feature? That mistake waterlogged our two laptops and other equipment sitting on top of the table. Ironically, I kept the electronics on the table to protect them from the water.
Fixing The RV Slide-Out
As the computers lay out to dry, I was wondering how to prevent this easy mishap from ever happening again. Maybe put a note on the control panel? Naw that would be too easy! We decided that our wish list item has taken priority, so we ordered over $3k in RV slide-out covers! Be sure to watch that funny video including a minor mishap
HERE (coming soon).
To this day I still get up when a storm wakes me in the middle of the night. I also check out sounds, that seem a little unfamiliar. I rather not have to buy anything else merely because of a button pushed in error.
Thanks for reading the post. We will see you on our next Adventure!
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