HELP!!! Leaking Roof @ A/C Unit

Discussion in 'Heating / Cooling Systems' started by Handy, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. Handy

    Handy New Member

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    Hi Guys.... Went camping this past weekend and popped up the camper when we got home to do some mods during the week.

    We had a nice rainy day today and when I got home, the floor in the pup was wet. The water was dripping form the A/C unit.

    We have a 2005 Fleetwood Newport that has the 2 piece roof. I took off the A/C cover (inside) to see if the mounting bolts were loose. They seemed to be fairly tight. The water was dripping from the center strip in the roof where the hole for the A/C is mounted. I noticed that whomever installed the A/C used silicone to seal it to the roof. I have not removed the A/C to know if there is a gasket as well.

    After reading on the forum, it was stated that only a gasket is to be used. No Silicone or caulking.

    Anyone ever have trouble with the seam in the roof leaking??
    If I pull the A/C, should I use only a gasket??

    Any advice or help will be greatly appreciated.

    Handy
     
  2. Yellowkayak

    Yellowkayak Popups.....when sleeping on the ground gets to you

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    There has been a recall on the Air Conditioner seal. Our Fleetwood dealer keeps us abreast of any recalls....great dealer. There is a problem with the seal, and water can leak in. Give your dealer and call and ask for any recalls on the Fleetwood Roof and AC seal.

    Wichita Falls, TX
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  3. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    Handy,

    I had a very similar problem. The inside unit was very tight, but just to be safe, I loosened it, installed some putty tape as a gasket, caulked and remounted it.

    <h1><font color=red>BIG MISTAKE!</h1></font id=red>

    All I did was manage to keep the leak inside my roof! I've since discovered that my gasket had failed. Now the wood around the opening is rotting and must be replaced. Check out the recall that Yellowkayak mentioned, and at the very least, get your gasket replaced.


    Joe

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle>'96 Rockwood Signature Series 1280
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle>'07 Ford Explorer
     
  4. PattieAM

    PattieAM New Member

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    Mine too leaked (06 Fleetwood Niagara) if the rain hit at a certain angle. I bought a cover for the AC, and that took care of the rain issue when the camper wasn't in use. My dealership subsequently replaced the gasket on the roof and no leaks since. Still have the cover, figure to use it during winter camping and cut drafts (if any).
     
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    I installed my AC and overtightened the bolts. Had to replace the gasket. Install instructs no other sealants should be used.

    06 Fleetwood Graphite
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  6. Handy

    Handy New Member

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    Hey All

    Thanks so much for all the information....

    I am going to remove the A/C this weekend (weather permitting) and see what was done on the original install. Looks like whomever used some sort of sealant along with the gasket or without a gasket at all.

    I will know more once I get it removed. Hopefully a new gasket will resolve the leaking issue.

    Thanks again,

    Handy
     

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