Leaking Autocruise Starfire

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by bazgoodman, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. bazgoodman

    bazgoodman Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2012
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Cornwall
    Hi everyone, great to find this forum!


    We bought an Autocruise Starfire at Christmas from a local dealer, when we went to look at it there was a leak in the rooflight. We changed our minds at first and decided not to go ahead but the dealer insisted that the leaking skylight was a minor problem and just needed a new seal on the skylight which would be fixed by the service department.

    We bought the van but last weekend the leak appeared again.
    We returned to the dealer but the technician said that the problem was due to water pooling on the roof and blowing in across the ridge and may not be fixable.
    To us this seems total unreasonable!
    Anyone had any problems with Autocruise starfire leaking skylights?
    Any advice appreciated!
    Barry and Leslie
     
  2. FIDGET

    FIDGET Funster

    Joined:
    May 7, 2011
    Messages:
    2,868
    Likes Received:
    5,952
    Location:
    Isle of Wight
    Hi , Weve got a 2011 starfire ,touch wood not had any problems , but have noticed pooling on roof due to roof section being like the bottom of a catamaran so water not able to run off sides of van but the front and back fibreglass panels being sealed to what appears to be slightly higher than flat roof causing pooling . I've tried parking on wedges but it has to be up to the top of quattro's to get 95% of water off (looks rather silly). Don't know what the answer is. Now going to go and have a look inside van as weve had a lot of rain passed few day's like many others because you now got me worried ,hope no prob's. Terry
    Keep in touch if you get any answers please
     
  3. Reallyretired

    Reallyretired Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    5,706
    Likes Received:
    3,210
    Location:
    Eastbourne East Sussex
    Water pooling on the roof is quite common on motorhomes as there is no slope for the water to run off unless you're on a hill. Leaking is a different matter and should be fixed quickly before there is expensive damage. The roof lights are almost certainly the same as everyone elses (Fiamma, Heki whatever) and so if others don't leak in the wind yours shouldn't either.
     
  4. rainbow chasers

    rainbow chasers Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2009
    Messages:
    3,747
    Likes Received:
    1,720
    Location:
    Mid Cornwall
    Seems like a lot of hoohar to me, as even if water does pool and blow across it should never come in.

    I'll PM you a number, this guy will sort you out, he is good, cheap and does things properly!
     
  5. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    13,853
    Likes Received:
    14,506
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
    Never heard such cock n bull. What about driving at 70 mph in driving rain? not fit for purpose!
     
  6. bazgoodman

    bazgoodman Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2012
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Cornwall
    Leak

    Yes, thats what we thought. If ours leaks in heavy rain then all vans with that type of roof light are likely to leak as well.

    Barry and Leslie
     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2012
  7. Terry

    Terry Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2007
    Messages:
    10,722
    Likes Received:
    6,224
    Location:
    South yorks
    Hi Barry and Leslie and welcome :thumb:Roof lights have about a 2 ins / 50 mm up-stand and no way should water be blowing up and over.I would look elsewhere like the roof-light seal or if I am understanding the post/reply s correctly where the fibreglass panels meet the ali roof panels :thumb: These are notorious places to leak.It is very hard to get a sealant to stick to both F/G and ali.Every time you ask for a sealant to do that you get a smile and sharp sucking in of breath with a try this :Doh:They get sealants like Carabond and Sikaflex that do a good job for 3/6 yrs and then they let go and let water in.:cry:Same with sealing roof lights :Doh: Ok for so long then :Eeek: To counter this I used a Sikaflex type seal (outside edge)and a bog standard GP mastic (inner edge) sort of double seal, but that is another story.Check all the joints on your roof.:thumb:
    terry
     
Loading...

Share This Page