How to Identify Leak in RV

by Vince (Ruskin, FL)

Question: We have a 30 ft Four Winds and it was raining all day here in Florida. We noticed a leak but cannot find the source. It seems to be coming from right next to the left side of the microwave. Any ideas as to where it might be coming from?

Answer: Water leaks are often difficult to diagnose, and pretty impossible to do remotely. You will have to troubleshoot it one step at a time. Look for possible sources of the leak to eliminate them one by one until you find the actual cause.

We do not know the layout of your RV floorplan, but consider things like the roof, top of a slide-out, a slide out seal, a vent in the microwave, a marker light and so forth. You can probably run through more scenarios as you look at the situation in person.

Also consider if you are parked on an incline, that the water may actually be coming in further away from the microwave. Sometimes the source of the leak is not where you actually see the water coming out.

Once you find the source of the problem, you will have to decide whether you can fix it yourself or if you should take it to an RV service facility.

We wish you luck in solving the mystery. We know from experience that it can be perplexing. Please let us know the outcome.

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Jul 04, 2013 It happened to us too
by: Aleshia Clarke

We started spending the cold months in Florida last year, and had a similar problem in our 24 ft. Four Winds. It turned out to be a window leak. We went around and caulked all the windows so it won’t happen again. Ours actually dripped onto a power strip during a frightening storm. The smoke alerted us to the problem.

I hope you solve the mystery – Be safe!

PS. I’ve been blogging some of our adventures if you’re interested in following along:

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