water leak right sidecabin under dash Troopy

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I have a water leak seems to run down corner seam, under right side of dash.It ends up a small half cup amount on floor . Found the problem when checking underneath, that it had rusted out a portion of floor body. Getting into the floor insulation and sitting there wet. I have tried a few things,such as sealing up where wiring enters under dash,went back and had windscreen resealed, didn't take it out.Took grill off under windscreen, had a look there, A few small cracks on rectangle plates on the flat part under corner of that area, put a bit of silistic see if it would slow it or stop, just the same. It is a Hi Top troopy camper,I have gone around where fibreglass top meets the body with the black auto fix silistic type stuff to make sure that area is sealed.Any ideas?
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 19:35

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 19:35
Bob,

Sounds like you've covered the area pretty well. We too have had a leak in our Troopy that couldn't be found until we got very serious and examined the gutter running alone the driver's side. There was a little crack in the paint near the front end of that gutter, i.e over the front pillar. Running a thick silastic film over that crack, (and the full length of the gutter), seems to have solved the problem. That leak allowed water to enter the vehicle and it made its way to the top of the windscreen then flowed into the cab from there. No matter how much sealant we added to the windscreen on the outside, it continued.

We noticed that the leak was worse with the vehicle nose down or rightside down. Selective hosing then led us to the gutters.

It's a long shot, but worth a look.

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Reply By: Bob a3 - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 19:43

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 19:43
Thanks for reply J and V, I have been looking around that area, and there are small cracks, I will get serious with the auto fix silistic all the way along that area, and see how it goes before the rain arrives on thursday in perth Many thanks Bob
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Follow Up By: Bob a3 - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 20:38

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 20:38
This is great thanks everyone for all the suggestions Bob
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Reply By: lostinwauchope - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 19:49

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 19:49
Hi Bob,
You didn't say how old your troopy is , I had a similar issue with mine
took a long time to find . the area where the windscreen wiper mechanism/ arms are located had rusted out right in the very ends . the drains on both sides were blocked with dirt and leaves . Even after removing both front guards you still couldn't see the rust holes . only after removing the entire dash that you could see the problem and cut the rust out . it was a huge job, but now i don't get wet feet when it rains. I'm not saying you have the same problem but it sounds very similar , best of luck . Ron
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Reply By: Member - Walter H (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 19:50

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 19:50
G'day Bob, I also had a leak in that same area and after much searching it turned out to be where the top snorkel bracket was screwed to the pillar, so i removed the bracket and sealed the Screw holes with Black Sikaflex and then re screwed the bracket back on and that stopped the leak.
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Reply By: Bob a3 - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 19:52

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 19:52
Thanks Walter, that has been suggested, and I will take it off and do as you say. Windscreen place said the gasket can become hard and crack and let in water. Many thanks for your reply Bob
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Reply By: Bob a3 - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 19:56

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 19:56
Thanks Ron, it is 94 model, had it since 99, and very attached to it now. I will try the easy way and if not successful ,I will look at the big job Thanks again Bob
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Reply By: 2517 - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 20:07

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 20:07
Hi had the same problem tried everthing , broke a windscreen and had it replaced it was the problem.This was the third screen had it replaced in Darwin during the wet never leaked since.They get rust between rubber and body maybe the problem.
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Follow Up By: Bob a3 - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 20:33

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 20:33
did go back to windscreens obrien, and they went around it again with the sealant, didn't take the screen out, maybe need it out just to make sure.
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 20:11

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 20:11
Mines on the left, and very annoying. Have yet to start a search and fix but definitely need to do so before the foot plates rust right through. Obviously a real problem with Troopies.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 20:15

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 20:15
A 94 model will probably have cracks in the bottom of the A pillars as they were very prone to it.
To see the area, remove the wiper arms, open the bonnet and remove the screws along the rear edge on the body lip where the bonnet sits when it is shut. You will then be able to pull that whole panel toward the engine (it has u shaped legs that clip under hooks on the windscreen end). If you look at the end of the recesses where the bonnet hinge goes back into the body they crack from the ends of those recesses sideways out and down the side of the body tub, big job to remove the front guards to fix properly but silicone smeared over the cracks will stop the water leaks.
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Follow Up By: Bob a3 - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 20:36

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 20:36
Thanks peter I did take out the grill part where wipers are, but will check again for cracks in the recesses. Thanks Bob
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 20:42

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 20:42
The cracks usually go from near the back of the recesses out towards the side and then down the side, when they get really bad the whole bottom of the A pillar is cracked/torn off the body tub. another giveaway is signs of the windscreen rubber moving in the body, caused by the turret twisting sideways.
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Follow Up By: passionfruit - Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 16:59

Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 16:59
Every Troopy I have owned has leaked on the drivers side right on where your foot sits on the accelerator...........
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Follow Up By: Bob a3 - Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 18:55

Wednesday, Jul 04, 2012 at 18:55
hi passionfruit, did you ever find out where it was coming from and did it get into matting under vinyll floorcover. thanks bob
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Follow Up By: cos65 - Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 01:37

Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 01:37
My 95 landcruiser always leaked on the drivers side. It seems to be a common problem with the landcruiser(Silicon fixed the problem). Also the windows were always hard to wind up or down.
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Follow Up By: Bob a3 - Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 11:26

Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 11:26
I have had it since 99, 94year model, and only been seeing water on the floor for a short time,although the fact that the floor rusted out, it had been sitting wet for a long while under vinyl. The silistic, is getting used and from different suggestions, I am working through them. thanks Bob
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