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Big Leak - Rapido 9095

Jun 13, 2017
147
131
Wokingham
Funster No
49,020
MH
Rapido 9095DF
Exp
Since June 2017
Hi All, (Rapido 9095DF.)

We are currently in Cochem having a fabulous holiday, it’s just turned to a biblical thunderstorm and chucked it down.

We’ve just found a substantial leak at the front of the van, passenger side, just above the bed mechanism where the headlining joins the wooden trim - it’s, erm, peeing through!

I’ll book it in for a proper fix at Rapido Wokingham when I get back, however in the meantime any suggestions (or products to avoid!) for a temporary bodge until I can bring it in? (I’m assuming I can get some sort of mastic from a DIY shop and put a thin smear over the existing seal as a get-me-home fix).

I’m guessing that it’s the seal between the front roof and main roof (OK, it’s a wild guess but happy to hear if there is a known weak spot that I should look at :)).

Thanks all

Jim
 
Sep 28, 2015
1,094
838
Kingston upon Hull
Funster No
38,946
MH
Hymer B544
Exp
2011 on
Someone on here had the same with a Hymer A Class and it turned out to be rain diverting channel that’s fitted to the roof to stop water cascading down the side. As I recall it was a simple re seal job. Screwed on with screws right through the roof.
 
Oct 29, 2012
844
949
essex
Funster No
23,489
MH
Rapido 9090df
Exp
20 years (unless you count my dads VW which makes it 52 years with a few gaps!!)
any sort of silicone mastic or even gaffer tape as a temp fix. have to wait till its dry though. good luck. hope its not too serious.

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Minxy Girl

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Aug 22, 2007
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21,968
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149
MH
Carthago Cmpct i-138
Exp
Since 1996 we've had Elddis, Swift, Rapido, Rimor, Chausson MHs and Autocruise & Globecar PVCs
We previously had a Rapido 709F with the large cross-ways seal on the roof and I noticed after a couple of years that it had 'shrunk' so re-filled it so I'd put my money on that.

Get some good gaffer tape and once dry stick it all along it, this will allow you to confirm it is the cause before you mess about re-sealing.
 
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Happy Jim
Jun 13, 2017
147
131
Wokingham
Funster No
49,020
MH
Rapido 9095DF
Exp
Since June 2017
Thanks all, gaffer tape on the seal and so far so good job for when I get back.

Still having a ball though, hoofed off to Luxembourg (just coz!) today.

I view this as part of the bonding process (y)

Cheers

Jim
 
Oct 29, 2012
844
949
essex
Funster No
23,489
MH
Rapido 9090df
Exp
20 years (unless you count my dads VW which makes it 52 years with a few gaps!!)
shame the roof wasn't bonded as well:LOL: have a great trip(y)

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Mel

Oct 6, 2012
2,403
2,754
De Haan Belgium
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23,175
MH
Caravan LMC
Exp
Since 2010 Caravan since 1995
We had a Rapido 966
Had the same problem.
The water was geting in via the radio antena.
It was loose.
 
Jul 5, 2013
8,061
6,623
Tunbridge Wells
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26,797
MH
A class
Exp
Since 2013
Still having a ball though, hoofed off to Luxembourg (just coz!) today.

I view this as part of the bonding process (y)

Cheers

Jim
Make sure you arrive with the fuel tank nearly empty and leave with it full. Much cheaper than other countries.
 
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I’ll book it in for a proper fix at Rapido Wokingham when I get back,
What makes you think they'll return your calls or respond to you in any way?

They've ignored every attempt I've made to contact them since I bought my van 4 years ago.

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Happy Jim
Jun 13, 2017
147
131
Wokingham
Funster No
49,020
MH
Rapido 9095DF
Exp
Since June 2017
shame the roof wasn't bonded as well:LOL: have a great trip(y)
That made me laugh

We had a Rapido 966
Had the same problem.
The water was geting in via the radio antena.
It was loose.
Hmmm, I had the antenna off before I left ......best check that as well!!!

Make sure you arrive with the fuel tank nearly empty and leave with it full. Much cheaper than other countries.
Belgium is 1.47, Lux is 1.12 -Wow

What makes you think they'll return your calls or respond to you in any way?

They've ignored every attempt I've made to contact them since I bought my van 4 years ago.
I live 1.5 miles away from them, I am the master of nagging on the doorstep :D

Cheers

Jim
 
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Happy Jim
Jun 13, 2017
147
131
Wokingham
Funster No
49,020
MH
Rapido 9095DF
Exp
Since June 2017
Had a mail from Wokingham yesterday- they suspect the antenna as the most likely cause as well

Jim
 
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Happy Jim
Jun 13, 2017
147
131
Wokingham
Funster No
49,020
MH
Rapido 9095DF
Exp
Since June 2017
And in conclusion.....

@Mel had it right, it was the antenna in the end.

I popped down to Rapido Wokingham and talked the problem through with Phil, he guided me through the disassembly process for dropping the headlining (remove curtains, side trim pieces, roof light surround, curtain track, then drop the molded headlining) in order to expose the likely culprit areas (roof light, antenna, roof joint). I could have just dropped it off but Phil said it wasn’t particularly difficult, just time consuming- he was right, bit sweaty and sweary but not that hard.

Once exposed it was easy to see the leak, bit of goop missing from where the threaded portion goes through the roof plus me dislodging prior to my trip (educated guess) - everything now resealed and no more leak!

Thanks for everyone’s advice :*

Jim

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Oct 29, 2012
844
949
essex
Funster No
23,489
MH
Rapido 9090df
Exp
20 years (unless you count my dads VW which makes it 52 years with a few gaps!!)
glad its sorted and thanks for the pics. always handy to know how bits come off!

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