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Leaking Antennae

Unread postby rmw1990 on Mon May 12, 2008 11:19 am

We finally got to take our TT to a campground camping this past weekend and as usual it stormed. We had some really strong storms come thru early Sunday morning. I am not a big fan of storms at all and I was up and about when I noticed water dripping from the ceiling. It was coming in around the antennae handle. I dried the area around it and and the plastic, let the antennae down and it stopped. Has anyone else experienced this? I am putting in a phone call to my dealer's service department today to take it in to be fixed but, just wanted to see if any of you had ever had a trailer leak around the antennae and what to expect the fix to be.

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Re: Leaking Antennae

Unread postby Limey on Mon May 12, 2008 12:59 pm

That's a new one on me. Sounds like there may be a washer/grommet missing somewhere in the antenna which will be apparent when the aantenna is up and not when it is down. As your TT is under warranty have the dealer take care of it. Make sure you tell them to check that the roof is dry before they seal anything up! You don't want water trapped in side there. I doubt that there would be much - sounds like the water came straight into the trailer, so it may be minor.
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Re: Leaking Antennae

Unread postby bamasurveyor on Mon May 12, 2008 1:00 pm

When we bought our first camper,a 6 year old Hybrid, the antenna had never been used. The first time we rotated it we cracked the O-ring around the shaft. After that it had a small leak. There was never any kind of staining or damage from it . And IIRC it wasn't very expensive to have fixed.
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Re: Leaking Antennae

Unread postby catmom on Mon May 12, 2008 5:02 pm

We had an antenna on our HTT which didn't leak during the 3 years we had the trailer. So far haven't noticed any leaks around the antenna in our new TT (which does sit outside) yet. Hope bamasurveyor is right, that it will be an inexpensive fix!
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Re: Leaking Antennae

Unread postby skipnchar on Mon May 12, 2008 8:52 pm

I'd take a quick peak on the roof. Often there is a small rubber 'cap' that fits around the shaft and covers the entry hole for the cable. This can just slip off of the mount and expose the opening. Put the antennae down and the shaft itself covers the hole pretty good. It can possibly be fixed in about 5 seconds by just slipping the collar over the opening again.
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Re: Leaking Antennae

Unread postby milzat on Mon May 12, 2008 10:14 pm

It's possible it's the Quad Ring, on the worm gear shaft, was either left off or damaged during assembly. Look HERE, on page 4 in the right column under 'Lubricating Quad Ring". This should give you and idea where to look.

Also, at the bottom of page 8, it explains how to remove the worm gear assembly.
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Re: Leaking Antennae

Unread postby Zinger on Tue May 13, 2008 7:20 am

sounds like a problem that could cause some serious damage if it is coming into trailer it must be getting between roof and ceiling.
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Re: Leaking Antennae

Unread postby rmw1990 on Tue May 13, 2008 10:19 am

Thanks y'all! I will have my son to go up on the trailer and check to see if anything looks out of place. I am also putting in a call to my dealer's service department to possibly schedule an appointment to get this fixed. I was so upset when I saw water dripping!!!

I am sorry it took me so long to reply. I usually answer on my computer at work so I had to wait till I got back to work this morning.

Thanks again and I will let everyone know what I find for possible future reference.
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Re: Leaking Antennae

Unread postby rmw1990 on Tue May 13, 2008 2:42 pm

Hey again. Update.

I spoke with service at my dealer and Calvin said pretty much the same thing as you Skip. He also said to check for cracks around the antennae base and to use Alpha Roof Caulking if it needed to be sealed anywhere that the caulk would be touching the roof membrane. We will be clambering up on the roof this afternoon to check since it is supposed to rain on Thursday here and I want to make sure it is taken care of before then. I will let you know what we find.

Thanks for all your help and suggestions.
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Re: Leaking Antennae

Unread postby Zinger on Tue May 13, 2008 9:32 pm

good luck sunds like you are heading in the right direction.
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Re: Leaking Antennae

Unread postby rmw1990 on Wed May 14, 2008 11:57 am

Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I had my son go up yesterday afternoon to check on things and the rubber boot at the bottom of the wire had slid up the wire. All he had to do was push it back down.
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Re: Leaking Antennae

Unread postby Limey on Wed May 14, 2008 12:48 pm

rmw1990 wrote:Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I had my son go up yesterday afternoon to check on things and the rubber boot at the bottom of the wire had slid up the wire. All he had to do was push it back down.



Isn't it great when something you think is a big problem turns out to be very minor!
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Re: Leaking Antennae

Unread postby The Wood Tinker on Thu May 15, 2008 11:06 pm

rmw1990 wrote:Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I had my son go up yesterday afternoon to check on things and the rubber boot at the bottom of the wire had slid up the wire. All he had to do was push it back down.


Very nice....nothing like an easy fix! 8-)
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Re: Leaking Antennae

Unread postby Zinger on Fri May 16, 2008 7:22 am

What a relief i would have been thinking the worst and all uptite.
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Re: Leaking Antennae

Unread postby rmw1990 on Fri May 16, 2008 7:35 am

That is exactly how I felt Zinger!LOL He went up there walked over and fixed it, 5 seconds just like Skip said. I made him take a picture with his phone while he was up there so I could see what he did. I got him to check the caulking for cracks and you could see in the pic all was well but that one little rubber boot!

What a relief!
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