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Old 04-14-2015, 02:59 AM   #1
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Water Intrusion Schwintek Slide

*Brand: DutchmenModel: Infinity 3850RLState: MainePosts: 61Schwintek water damageWe have finally realized (Dutchmen, Me, & RV repair facility) why my bedroom slide never really slid in up against the outside wall.

*WATER DAMAGE. This was created by the Schwintek bracket at the bottom corner. It was allowing rainwater to back in behind the bracket.



I Found the above on the Thor forum. Ive been in Gulf Shores Alabama for 2 months and noticed after all this rain we've had in the past few days corner is soaking wet. Dispite my extra efforts water is still coming in somewhere. Its on the very outer corner but its working its way inward which is not good. Ive sealed up all gear racks on the ends... facia... everything. I give up. Any suggestions, cant imagine where its coming from. Btw, I have toppers and have resealed everything up top as well!

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Old 04-14-2015, 09:24 PM   #2
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Slim, I had some too on the stbd side. Under the gutter spout the end trim piece was no silicone. Filled that in and no more problems. The drip would show itself on the stbd nightstand in the 3895. Maybe something to look at. Good luck, hope you find it.
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Slim, I had some too on the stbd side. Under the gutter spout the end trim piece was no silicone. Filled that in and no more problems. The drip would show itself on the stbd nightstand in the 3895. Maybe something to look at. Good luck, hope you find it.
Thanks Scott,

I'm in the process again of isolation. Should have mentioned its the large slide on the 3200. It's getting wet on the outside underneath corners, not inside yet. but if I cant find it.. it will be inside eventually. Not sure where its coming from.. so I will be relentless until I locate it. Other owners have it as well.. they just haven't noticed it yet. Osb will swell causing problems if not found in a timely manner. Thought I had a handle on this last year, apparently not, aggravating task.. thanks for your input.
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Thanks Scott,

I'm in the process again of isolation. Should have mentioned its the large slide on the 3200. It's getting wet on the outside underneath corners, not inside yet. but if I cant find it.. it will be inside eventually. Not sure where its coming from.. so I will be relentless until I locate it. Other owners have it as well.. they just haven't noticed it yet. Osb will swell causing problems if not found in a timely manner. Thought I had a handle on this last year, apparently not, aggravating task.. thanks for your input.
Could you post a pic of the location? I want to check mine and try to head it off at the pass before it happens to me.

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Cale,

Heres a pic I took when I first got the unit. Scroll down and you'll see where I described what it was. I'm not in a position at the moment to get pictures. The weather has been stormy for days, and will continue for several more....


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Okay here's what I'm talking about for those interested. The lower gear rail on the schwintek slide system if not properly sealed will let water in behind it and run underneath. Check your rails to see if they are properly sealed, mine were not! They have sealer on them but have voids.... a bad job. Clean them up use proflex clear or white, I like the white, and seal them up properly. Yours may be fine mine are not.
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Okay here's what I'm talking about for those interested. The lower gear rail on the schwintek slide system if not properly sealed will let water in behind it and run underneath. Check your rails to see if they are properly sealed, mine were not! They have sealer on them but have voids.... a bad job. Clean them up use proflex clear or white, I like the white, and seal them up properly. Yours may be fine mine are not.
Ahh, yes. I found a severe lack of sealant in that spot on our bedroom slide. removed all the trim and re-sealed with Pro Flex. As I went to reference that thread, I see you were the one that I had posted the pics for...I still need to do my other two slides. I also need to start pulling out the white screws and replacing them with a better quality screw. I have found more screw heads popped off.

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Another thing about these osb floors, they're put together with resins waxs and other repellents then painted to help waterproof. However, when they are cut too fit if not painted or treated where cuts are made it will wick water. As you can see from the picture where the cuts are made and left unpainted and have wicked water. Luckily, those areas are not swollen or soft. Hopefully I can let it dry out good and correct. We've had a lot of rain here in the last week or so.
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Okay here's what I'm talking about for those interested. The lower gear rail on the schwintek slide system if not properly sealed will let water in behind it and run underneath. Check your rails to see if they are properly sealed, mine were not! They have sealer on them but have voids.... a bad job. Clean them up use proflex clear or white, I like the white, and seal them up properly. Yours may be fine mine are not.
I just take mine into the dealer once a year for rail and motor replacement so I'm almost sure I get new sealant each time. But,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,
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I just take mine into the dealer once a year for rail and motor replacement so I'm almost sure I get new sealant each time. But,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,
Hopefully not this time around.
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