Standing rainwater on top of motorhome

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  1. themountaintiger

    themountaintiger Read Only Funster

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    Should I be worried that I have rainwater on top of motorhome 'stuck' behind rear of front cab sleeping area? problem is I have the motorhome parked on a downhill gradient with the cab more downhill than rear of vehicle which is probably causing accumulation of water.

    If it is an issue then I could park the other way, its just that I would have to reverse out of a really tight spot which would need someone at the back end to guide me out. This would be inconvinient, however looking after motorhome is obviously more important.

    Any thoughts please:Smile:
     
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    you could always put some levelling ramps under 1 side to tip the water off the other:thumb::thumb:

    andy
     
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    Mine is the same. No problems so far except I get green mould which is a bugger to get off from under my solar panels. :Eek!:
     
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    providing the overcab to roof seal and any roof vent seals are in good shape it wont be a problem
     
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    Hmm, I have them on the front wheels currently which reduces the angle, making motorhome more level. Do you mean putting ramps under back wheels increasing angle. Wonder if I could get motorhome to do handstand!!:Eeek:
     
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    Thanks for this, I do have some green mold, thought I brought it back from lake district with me...thought I might get charged with stealing it...:cry:
     
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    if you have them under the front take one side out and just sit it on one that way the van will be on a slight lean so the water should run off the side:thumb:

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    Ive had no problems internally at all. I suppose as long as I give it a clean frequently and checkovercab roof seal, its ok to leave as is..but if not using for long periods perhaps turn vehicle around. :Eek!:Hang on what am I saying!! It wont be left for long periods without being used!!!
     
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    Ahh good idea, never thought of that!!
     
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    I have the same problem. If I put chocks under one side I get black streaks down the other side where the water runs off. If I don't put any chocks under I get wet through when I get in as my weight causes my side of the van to dip tipping the water all over me. Can't win.:cry:
     
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    first suggestion is better...ramps under front and rear on one side only...will avoid any undue strain on the higher wheel/suspension and any possible body twist.
     
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    I'd just park it the other way round. Why wait for it to become a problem when it can so easily be avoided? Chocks/levelling ramps under one side is another option, just depends which is easier to do really.

    D.
     
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    It might be worth noting that if anyone's looking in who bought (or is planning to buy) a second hand pre-2006 CI Carioca 656 (ie the ones that don't have the sleek, rounded futuristic looking Fiat cab) you may get a problem with standing water on the roof

    Mine was bought new in 2005 and has had two trips back to the repair shop under warranty to sort out an ingress of water problem caused by a recognised design fault in the roof seal. It was the subject of a product recall by CI. Basically some twerp designed it so the join of the roof seal sat in a puddle of rainwater, and didn't have long enough screws to keep the seal tight. The first time this fault materialised was during a routine hab check at the dealer's. The second time I discovered the problem by coincidence when I was replacing the standard fluorescent light fittings with LED ones.

    If you remove the light fightings and have a quick poke around in the roof space and feel any form of wet in there that's not a good thing.

    I'd advise that if you're planning to buy the above model of van, find out if that design fault was properly dealt with by its original owners.

    Something else to look out for on this particular model (and maybe on other vans) - excess rain water can often drain straight down the side wall onto the fridge vents and create damp problems inside the wall around the vents. As mine has a Fiamma awning attached, a simple solution was to fit a seal between the awning casing and the side wall so water drained off the ends of the awning.

    I'm beginning to sound like a complete vanorak now, so I'll stop, but I thought it worth a mention.
     
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