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Leaks in my camper trailer

Postby JM1375 » Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:02 am

Ok - I took the new camper trailer for it's first outing this Easter, and being Easter, naturally enough it rained....

And the camper leaked!!!! :shock:

It leaked along a couple of the roof seams, and I had a bit of trouble with getting the annexe roof set up in a way that didn't pool water on top.

Will it always leak like that? I didn't really think we'd had that much rain!

Otherwise, it was just a brilliant weekend and the camper was fantastic.

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Re: Leaks in my camper trailer

Postby will_deness » Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:34 am

Had the canvas been wet before? Canvas needs to be wet thoroughly before use to swell and seal especially seams. Pooling water is never good, and should be addressed before next outing. Other than that I cant be much help unless you can provide some photos and more info maybe.
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Re: Leaks in my camper trailer

Postby Derek Bullock » Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:34 am

When you first got it did they tell you to really soak the canvas a few times and dry it between wettings.

You need to do this to allow the seams and stitching to tighten otherwise yes, they will leak.
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Re: Leaks in my camper trailer

Postby mr_grumble » Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:28 pm

As far as the pooling goes, the first time I had mine up I did notice a couple of sections that 'could' be prone to pooling.
A very simple fix depending upon where on the roof it pools, I simply purchased an aditional 3 adjustable poles from BCF as well as the little clip thing that attaches to other poles and I simply put them into place as extra support, no more pooling :+

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Re: Leaks in my camper trailer

Postby JM1375 » Tue Mar 25, 2008 5:04 pm

Derek wrote:When you first got it did they tell you to really soak the canvas a few times and dry it between wettings.

You need to do this to allow the seams and stitching to tighten otherwise yes, they will leak.


Nope - didn't know I had to do that.... damn! :oops: Well, it's been wet through a couple of times now (got three good soakings that I am aware of)!!! Do you think that will be enough?

The annexe we had a bit of trouble getting the poles right as it was the first time that we had put it up. We did eventually get it to where it wasn't pooling, but I think it needs another spreader bar to really hold the canvas taut. The apex of the annexe is off centre in the length of it and only has spreaders across the apex and around the perimeter. Therefore, the "long side" of the annexe sagged a little and water collected.

Anyway, most importantly I managed to get the canvas throroughly dry before packing it away.

We're off again next month, so will hope for better luck then.

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Re: Leaks in my camper trailer

Postby will_deness » Tue Mar 25, 2008 5:15 pm

JM1375 wrote: it's been wet through a couple of times now (got three good soakings that I am aware of)!!! Do you think that will be enough?

Should be right to go now.
As far as the pooling goes,If a couple of spreaders will give you a better setup, I say go for it!
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Re: Leaks in my camper trailer

Postby Cheiffy » Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:38 pm

You could also buy a stick of Waterproofing wax which you can apply while the canvas is hot. These are readily available from most camping store or you could try http://www.Camec.com.au at Coopers Plains.

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Re: Leaks in my camper trailer

Postby snake_dr » Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:25 pm

Hey Jodie

We're pretty much in the same boat, our camper is only a month or so old and it leaked the first time.

Since then i read through some info and found out about the soaking, so Ive done that and also grabbed some waterproofer from BCF and ran taht along any seams where i could see light.

Have had it out the last two weekends and both were dry so still to see if my leaks have been fixed

Should be right now though.

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Re: Leaks in my camper trailer

Postby JM1375 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:26 pm

snake_dr wrote:Hey Jodie

We're pretty much in the same boat, our camper is only a month or so old and it leaked the first time.

Since then i read through some info and found out about the soaking, so Ive done that and also grabbed some waterproofer from BCF and ran taht along any seams where i could see light.

Have had it out the last two weekends and both were dry so still to see if my leaks have been fixed

Should be right now though.

Enjoy the new toy :-)


Thanks for your help, Guys.

I am certainly looking forward to some more camping adventures and have left the camper in the garage fully packed and ready to go (barring clothes and food).

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Re: Leaks in my camper trailer

Postby jollyroger » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:35 pm

we bought ours second hand and it looked like it had very tiny hole in the roof. When it rained not a single drop came in. Having them dyna-proofed helps too.

Our annex never seems to go up the same way twice. I have tried every combination of speaders and poles even different rope configutrations and angles. Only once I nailed it (should have taken a photo of it). One day it will all come together properly!
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Re: Leaks in my camper trailer

Postby cruiser » Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:14 pm

[quote="jollyroger"

Our annex never seems to go up the same way twice. I have tried every combination of speaders and poles even different rope configutrations and angles. Only once I nailed it (should have taken a photo of it). One day it will all come together properly![/quote]


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Re: Leaks in my camper trailer

Postby jollyroger » Mon Mar 31, 2008 8:12 pm

cruiser!

Had a look at ur forum. Nice to see another Challenger on the pages. Thought I was the only one that had one and gave it some stick.
Might have to post some pic's soon!

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Re: Leaks in my camper trailer

Postby cruiser » Mon Mar 31, 2008 8:27 pm

yes mate that belong's to challengelee,She is the one that pointed me in the direction
of this site,did you sign up yet?There is a couple of member's out you'r way,wouldn't mind seeing you'r pic's of the challenger
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Re: Leaks in my camper trailer

Postby GypsyLady » Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:57 pm

You could always put up a tarp to cover the camper and that way you know it will not leak.

A tarp over is great protection from rain, bird/animal/tree droppings and it also assists with keeping the interior cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

I never put up the camper without putting up the tarp, they go together all the time.

I often use the tarp in place of the annex roof, especially for short stopovers.
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Re: Leaks in my camper trailer

Postby Barby-Q » Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:22 am

I thought this may help somone

Do you care for your canvas?
Canvas is one of the most widely utilised fabrics in the caravanning, camping and 4WD
industries. Canvas allows manufacturers to easily produce tents, swags and a multitude of
bags and covers. The flexibility of canvas also allows for the custom production of canopies,
annexes and awnings for almost any RV. Therefore canvas care is equally important for
travellers looking to make the most of their investment in caravanning or camping gear.
Want some extra space in your tent or RV? Canvas is a good option.
Canvas features
As with most things, you only get what you pay for and believe it or not Australian canvas
is one of the best. This is not just a patriotic plug, Australian canvas is waterproofed by
completely immersing it in a waterproofing and anti-mould solution before manufacture.
Waterproofing should last for around five years if looked after. Imported canvas is usually
only brushed with the waterproofing solution afterwards. The longevity and waterproofing
of Australian canvas is legendary.
Most widely used on tents and camper/tent trailers, canvas comes in various thicknesses
measured in ounces, i.e. 12 ounce. Each has specific uses and the thickest is not necessarily
the best. Tip: check the UV protection on a canvas product you are looking to buy. There is
no point having only some of your tent or trailer protected while the rest is affected by the
sun.
It is best if the canvas products are double stitched poly-cotton. Poly-cotton allows the
strength of the polyester to blend with the cotton content and produce a superior product
both strong and breathable. A breathable fabric allows air to flow through the fabric
without sacrificing waterproofing which ultimately creates a more comfortable product to
live, rest and sleep in.
Pre-trip care
Before going away on your maiden trip, a good option is to ‘weather’ your canvas by
setting it up in the backyard for a day and night to expose it to the dewy air and possibly a
man-made shower from the garden hose. This moisture allows the cotton stitching to
expand and swell which closes up the stitching holes, further waterproofing the product.

Post-trip care
When you get back from your trip, set up your tent or trailer again and hose it down. Wash
off any dirt or animal droppings as soon as possible before they degrade the canvas. If
damp leaves are left in your canvas when it is packed away, they can start to decompose
and possibly stain your canvas. Tent pegs can also leave rust marks if they are wrapped
inside a tent or trailer, so use a designated tent peg bag.
If you do end up with mouldy canvas, don’t panic! Rectify it as soon as possible with a
mould treatment from a specialty store, however it will need to be re-waterproofed just to
be sure. Waterproofing can be re-applied to aging canvas for around $100 or you can do it
yourself with a special water based solution and paint brush or spray equipment. Any other
repairs should be done as soon as possible by a specialist, ready for next time. A wooden
box is a good place to store your canvas product as it keeps it free of moisture and away
from mice.
Tip: avoid using aerosol cans around the canvas, this includes hairspray, deodorant and also
aero guard. If you do your washing inside your tent or trailer, small splashes of detergent
can affect the waterproofing on the canvas.
The use can determine the care of the canvas but store it clean and dry and it will serve you
well.
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