Front Boot leaking

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 19:12
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Hi

We picked up our new caravan on the first of August. We had heavy rain last night and I opened the front boot today there was water in it. There are two drains on the bottom but water had pooled in the slightly lower areas.

Is it normal for the front boot to leak? There are two batteries, a charger and other electronics in there and I would have thought that this area should be kept dry. I can’t see where the water is leaking from.
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Reply By: Dreadnought - Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 19:22

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 19:22
Do you think it would be normal for a front boot to leak? Have a wild guess......I would say not.....If it's a "new" caravan as in "brand new", then it's the problem of the manufacturer. Take it back and get it fixed............
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 08:41

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 08:41
And if I had a front boot leaking my port of call would be the dealer...... wouldn't it!

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Reply By: 671 - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 00:06

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 00:06
My guess is it is not normal but when you look through this linkhttp://www.caravanersforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12286&sid=e51273c8b0ea30b530f62d5ed9a7309f it would appear that leaks and many other problems are far too common on vans these days.
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Reply By: baznpud (tassie) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:36

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:36
We had a similar problem with a previous van, in our case the water was entering the front boot via the ends of the boot hinge, see if it has silicon over the ends.
Not saying it will fix in your case,but worth a try.
Agree with above comments if the van is brand new.
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Reply By: Meridith D - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 17:52

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 17:52
I have noticed on a few new vans, they now have a sticker inside the front boot stating it is NOT a waterproof area. One way for them to not fix the problem I guess......
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Reply By: bob&loz - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 17:59

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 17:59
Why anyone would buy a van with a front boot instead of a through boot has got me beat. They all leak from the factory and you have to climb over gas bottles and A frames to dig down into it. Our last van had the whole front rot away from being constantly wet.
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Reply By: Slow one - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 18:46

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 18:46
Yep, front access doors leak when driving, this water should be caught by the galv lining and drain out through the drain provided.

Coromal front boots don't leak at all due to the access door design.

I have both a side boot and a front leaky boot and I find very both of these very useful for different reasons..
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Reply By: The Ferret - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 20:22

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 20:22
Thankyou all for your input. Its disappointing that it leaks. Just expected more being a brand new caravan from one of the larger manufacturers. I will report it to the dealer and see if ant thing can be done about it

Regards
Dave
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Follow Up By: dublediff - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 23:02

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 23:02
If t is a Jayco,check the joint between the top and bottom wall sheets. There is a plastic flange that joins the two, it should have silicone sealing it. My last Jayco had this problem, the boot leaked and it also affected the kitchen bench causing the laminex to lift. No problem from the dealer, fixed everything including a new kitchen bench.
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