I was lucky twice this past weekend. 1st we made it out camping!
2nd I warded off a major mess by being in the right place at the right time.
While out camping Saturday afternoon totally enjoying the sunshine, this is a big deal here in central Ohio.... Sun that is.... Was sitting in the bath room... and I hear, Drip..... What
Yes, that distinct sound of a water drop hitting tile floor...
So I finished.... and started looking up. Ohhhhh boy. This is not good. There is another droplet of water clinging to the joining molding of 2 sheets of ceiling board. Stick my fingernail under the ceiling molding and it is drenching wet. Argh....Not good....
Trace the molding back to the shower stall. H'mm OK whats up? Pull down the shower steam dome inside and, ah yup I found the leak.
Here, you can see for yourself
A close up
Yup, a shower dome crack and I can see the hint of daylight through the crack. I know this was not cracked in December as I looked over every inch of roof sealant when I put the AC cover on. And this area was on the look and see list. So somewhere in the last 2 1/2 months it cracked. It has been really cold so not a lot of water flowing when things are froze. Which is a good thing in my case. I can tell there is a slight water stain where the drips came in.
I pulled down the ceiling board to look in. The edge of the luan ceiling bard was wet and the water wicked down the sheet jointing plastic strip where the drip dropped to the floor. So I dried out the plastic strip and let the wood evaporate while I went up on the roof.
Another reason to have a ladder with you camping to deal with these kind of things.... On my smaller camper, I could use the truck tail gate or the picnic table to get some of the roof edge, but on this bigger camper, a ladder is needed.
So up I go. Yup, there it it
You may notice I Eternabonded the entire shower dome down. This crack most likely started at a screw hole and over time worked it's way up the dome. H'mm OK, let's get out the repair kit.
Cleaned the dome off good and drilled a stop drill hole at the end of the crack to stop it from spreading.
Then went in and found some spare Eternabond and made a patch
OK the outside sealed up
Now to go back inside
To be double sure until I can get a new shower dome, I Eternabonded the inside
I let the wood panel dry out and put the shower back together.
I was blessed I just caught this. Some snow slush was still on the roof when I was cooking breakfast. By 2:00pm when I found this problem all the snow was melted off. That melt is where the water came from but was totally gone by 2:00pm.
So I was extremely fortunate to catch this just at the right time to not have a bunch of damage from it. Monday it poured buckets here. Boy I dodged a bullet.... I would of for sure had water in the camper if the perfect set of things did not line up to get it fixed before big problems came.
I'll get a new shower dome heading my way.
Hope this helps someone in the future.