leaky floor

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 14:23
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Hi All,

We have a problem with water seeping in along a seam in the middle of the floor of our camping trailer. The floor is made of vinyl. Has anyone had this problem and got any ideas on how we can stop it.

Thanks

Ellen
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Reply By: Member - Crazy Dog (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 17:06

Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 17:06
Yo Ellen.

Try a ground sheet under the tent area that usually works...

Grrr!!!
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Follow Up By: ellen m - Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 20:03

Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 20:03
Hi Crazy,

Thought u b on your way to karumba by now? We have a problem with the water pooling between the ground sheet and the floor. We have got it set up in the back yard at the moment and with all that rain on friday night it was flooded.
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Reply By: JJ - Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 17:48

Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 17:48
You could try running a length of 2 " wide canvas (not plastic) 'silver tape' along the leaky seam. This is made for the purpose of mending tents, canvas, annexs. Available from most Camping Outlets, Disposals etc.
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Follow Up By: ellen m - Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 20:03

Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 20:03
Thanks JJ. sounds like a good idea
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Reply By: Mal58 - Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 19:46

Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 19:46
Hi Ellen,
We had exactly the same problem with our camper, even from new. I ended buying some of the sprayon canvas sealant.

I sprayed the inside seam, and then after it was dry, I did the outside.

I have had to red
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Follow Up By: Mal58 - Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 19:49

Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 19:49
Finger trouble .....

This worked quite well for about 4 years, but I have had to redo it again. I think, that this is just one of those maintenance things that you have to do from time to time.

Cheers,
Mal58
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Follow Up By: ellen m - Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 20:07

Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 20:07
Thanks Mal

our camper is new (only 1 year old) Every time we have been camping in it it has rained at least once. Call us the drought busters! We have a tin of that stuff in the shed somewhere. On the old camper we use to get water in where the matress touched to side wall and the spray helped with that.
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Reply By: bucky - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 06:40

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 06:40
Ellen

Have a Trak Shak
I have a had ground sheet made from doubled over ( stitched Sides ) Shadecloth
Works a treat. But it will not stop all the water from getting in, I may try the spray on canvas sealer trick, it maybe the way to go.

The other thing is, we have marine carpet inside, that almost covers the entire floor, and even though we got caught in a 2" downpour, on Labour Day long wekend ( Victoria , in March ) ,, we had dry feet,, and to think water got in in only a couple of places.
It also acts as a protector for the floor

Cheers Bucky

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Follow Up By: ellen m - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 19:22

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 19:22
Hi bucky,

Thanks for that, sounds like a good idea. We live in Cairns, so we get LOTS of rain. We have been using a tarp as a ground sheet, but that traps the water between the 2 layers. Friday night/sat morning it was like walking on a water bed. I think we might give the spray sealer a go and also change the ground sheet to shadecloth like yours. We use cotton mats inside so they can be washed without to much trouble. (got a very grubby 4 yr old boy)

ellen
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