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dixieland

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Here is a picture of our Rapido. We have a leak.Is the seam below the awning rail supposed to be sealed or is there a drainage system within that panel running down to the diesel filler which copes with the drainage? I hope one of you good fellows knows more than me and will advise. Thanks, Jim
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So where is the leak? I would think that the rail is covering the joint between the moulded front/overcab panel and the side and yes it should be sealed.

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The water appears about half way down the window level. But my point is that the main overcab moulding is fitted under the vertical moulding which runs down to the diesel filler and ,for a good deal on would expect it to overlap rather than underlay. Jim
 

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Ah OK get your drift, I would guess that that panel is just cosmetic and will drain straight down but could be wrong, what can you see from the bottom or inside the filler cap cover.

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The vertical moulding is just a cosmetic cover to hide the join/blend it in with the cab and make it more aerodynamic (yes I know MHs are like bricks on wheels!) so don't worry unduly about it. The one thing I would check however is the large join that goes across the top of the MH from side to side as the sealant there can shrink and potentially allow water in ... we had a Rapido and found this had happened so I had to sort it out, that was on a 3-year old one.
 
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That's very helpful @Minxy Girl and thanks , but do you know wether the water is supposed to drain behind said cosmetic panel? At least ours made it to 8 years old
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That's very helpful @Minxy Girl and thanks , but do you know wether the water is supposed to drain behind said cosmetic panel? At least ours made it to 8 years old
Jim
No idea if it is SUPPOSED to do it, but last winter we was parked next to a Rapido and I was alarmed to see something pouring out the bottom !
Went and spoke to the guy when it stopped raining and he assured me it was quite normal and had been the same from new :)
 

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That's very helpful @Minxy Girl and thanks , but do you know wether the water is supposed to drain behind said cosmetic panel? At least ours made it to 8 years old
I suppose it could have been sealed originally, not for water ingress issues, but simply to secure the panel, the shouldn't be any issue with it going behind as it is just a cover and not meant to offer any water ingress protection as such, if it was it would be done differently with it slotting under the overcab 'pod' bit.

I s it easy to get the joining panel off to inspect?
I wouldn't if I were you, you would risk cracking/splitting it, if you're concerned I'd just clean up the top and side edge and seal it, this will also ensure that the panel is tightly fitted so less likely to flex and crack as you travel etc.

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No idea if it is SUPPOSED to do it, but last winter we was parked next to a Rapido and I was alarmed to see something pouring out the bottom !
Went and spoke to the guy when it stopped raining and he assured me it was quite normal and had been the same from new :)
There's another make of MH that has a similar set-up and the owner thought there was a major issue with it ... can't remember what it was now though.
 

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There's another make of MH that has a similar set-up and the owner thought there was a major issue with it ... can't remember what it was now though.
Yessss... seem to remember there is one that the whole front overhead cowl is simply for looks and fills up with water... always thought that was a REALLY daft idea !
 

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