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Water ingress. 3 weeks 1 day ago #460983

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Hi. Looking for some advice. Getting van put away for the winter this weekend and I noticed water at floor level at rear corner.
Always had van serviced and damp readings have been ok.
Think I may be the cause!
Yesterday I gave the van a good wash. Never used a pressure washer but spent a good couple of hours with a hose and buckets of water.
Its a bailey ranger gt60 500/5. Water was in rear corner under seat storage area.
Could water be from an issue with the awning rail or maybe the light unit?
I know awning rails can be problematic but it’s the non awning side if that makes sense.
No smell of damp and water seemed fresh.
Any advice appreciated. Thanks.
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Water ingress. 3 weeks 1 day ago #460984

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Bailey vans generally do not suffer with awning rail ingress problems.
The most common areas that do cause problems are the roof strap or cracks in the rear panel.
Water could also be getting in where the wiring for the rear lights goes through the van wall.
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Water ingress. 3 weeks 1 day ago #460985

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Thanks for the reply. Given your info my best guess would be water getting in through the rear lights. I had to replace a bulb in the summer and thinking about it the gasket was not in the best of condition.
Water certainly seems to be only at floor level and has dried up quite well today with a fan heater. No sign of damp or spongy floor or walls.
Hopefully this is an easy fix for me and a lesson not to clean to much round seals with a hose!
I’m guessing roof strap issues or a cracked panel would show signs of water higher up?
Thanks again!
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Water ingress. 3 weeks 1 day ago #460986

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Or is it possibly be from the Thetford flush or cassette door seals. They will be near the rear offside?
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Water ingress. 3 weeks 21 hours ago #461007

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I presume that your rear light clusters use those rubbery 'well nuts' in the panel that the unit screws into. Worth checking that those are in place as they can split and push though. For me it's a yes to bucket and sponges but a no to pressure washer with vents, lockers, seals and decals vulnerable to water under pressure.
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Water ingress. 3 weeks 20 hours ago #461008

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I would never use a pressure washer on the caravan , a normal garden hose with a Hozelock kinda gun on the end kind of system set to a fine spray .
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Water ingress. 3 weeks 16 hours ago #461024

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I’m thinking the light cluster has been the problem. Nuts had split and pushed through when I replaced bulb but I also sourced and replaced them.Now thinking the seal may not be water tight due to the gasket being a bit worn (couldn’t find replacements for them.) I’ll dry out completely with a fan heater and check cluster at weekend when I’ve got a bit of time. Thanks.
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Water ingress. 3 weeks 28 minutes ago #461037

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Seems to be getting worse after rainfall last night. Continuing with a fan heater but not sure what to do next. Water seeping through between wall and floor at back corner. I’m assuming this is new water and can’t still be residual water from the weekend?
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Water ingress. 2 weeks 6 days ago #461038

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scrancat wrote:
Seems to be getting worse after rainfall last night. Continuing with a fan heater but not sure what to do next. Water seeping through between wall and floor at back corner. I’m assuming this is new water and can’t still be residual water from the weekend?

If you definitely think it’s a light cluster seal it with duct tape and buy some new seals for both sides of the van. Alternatively see if you can find a mobile technician or take the van to a caravan service center. With their wider knowledge of caravans they should be able to pinpoint the source of the leak and effect a temporary repair until a longer term solution is completed.
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Water ingress. 2 weeks 6 days ago #461041

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Buy one of these. I use one and for the price the quality and readouts very good. Damian’s will be far more expensive but for your needs this will suffice.
Have you lifted the limo in the sffected area? That will need drying too.
Back to one of Clive’s earlier posts is your toilet / shower near the problem area?
Toilet tissue can be a good indicator of weep points.
If the ingress is very low down then I’d start with fully resealing and new gaskets on both light clusters as suggested by Audio rob.
Keep us posted and good luck.
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