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Old 04-11-2017, 12:16 PM   #1
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2nd Generation refrigerator vent leak fix

After performing the first fix and still having leaks, Escape now is recommending a bead of sealant along the entire bottom of the refer vent. See attached photo from Escape parts and service received minutes ago. In addition to the bead, it is also suggested to remove the 4 stainless steel screws and apply Proflex to them to seal the screw holes also.
I also have a awning made by Charlie @ Widget Works that will help prevent water from entering. So I am performing a 2 prong approach, prevent water on the outside and preventing it on the inside. Pictures to follow once installed today.
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Old 04-11-2017, 12:38 PM   #2
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wow. thanks for posting...

following this thread.

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Old 04-11-2017, 02:07 PM   #3
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Thanks Jim.

If you apply it to the screw holes, won't that make it hard (or impossible) to remove the screws later if need be? Clueless about this stuff.

I know Dirk put an awful lot of that stuff around when we worked on it a few weeks ago. We're going to look at it this evening to see how it's holding up. Knock strongly on wood - haven't had any water inside the trailer. Definitely will be keeping an eye on this though.
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Old 04-11-2017, 02:26 PM   #4
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I do not foresee any possible reason for removal but like other items that have been sealed with ProFlex, they can be accessed. Here are my pictures...
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You can see Charlie's awning fixture in the last picture above and more here. I also installed eze gutters over the water heater door. Contact Charlie at RV Widget Works | ,
for details if interested.
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In the first picture you can see where I also removed the screw holding down the refer drain hose and sealed it, less holes less chance for leaks.
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In the first picture you can see where I also removed the screw holding down the refer drain hose and sealed it, less holes less chance for leaks.
Thanks for indepth posting about the problem and it's solutions. Haven't taken delivery of my trailer so it will be interesting to see if ETI is applying Rease's recommended fix to trailers now entering production.

If not, it is an easy fix.
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so the bead of stuff applied across the bottom of the inside of the vent frame creates sort of a water damn, and this is because the vent frame does not have a lip along the inside of the bottom of the frame to keep the water out?
does the vent frame have a lip on the inside at the top of frame ?
also curious why the water if it enters here , doesn't go down what appears to be a drain hole visible in the pics?

also wondering if other trailers who use these same parts and also have straight side walls have this issue....
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so the bead of stuff applied across the bottom of the inside of the vent frame creates sort of a water damn, and this is because the vent frame does not have a lip along the inside of the bottom of the frame to keep the water out?
does the vent frame have a lip on the inside at the top of frame ?
also curious why the water if it enters here , doesn't go down what appears to be a drain hole visible in the pics?

also wondering if other trailers who use these same parts and also have straight side walls have this issue....
There is no lip at the top inside and it is not upside down, I thought of that and everything looks kosher, so to speak. the frame and inside trap were made to be joined, sealed and work as one piece. the water lays on the bottom as the drain hole is more for the refrigerator drain of condensate. Movement under way may allow the water to drain but sitting still that water finds a way inside. The top has 4 tab inserts to hold the removable vent cover with the 2 bottom locking tabs. Gravity should make any water to travel down the cover to the bottom. The awning definitely keeps water out of the top and most out of the bottom. without the awning the bottom lip of Proflex should prevent water intrusion. Another alternative to the awning is the EzE Gutters, a flexible lip for window and other rv openings https://www.amazon.com/Esssentials-U...ds=eze+gutters
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Reace's initial temporary fix (applying water-proof tape all the way around the access door and door casing) may still be the best solution until this problem sorts itself out and a real fix is worked out rather than a continuing series of band-aids. If you use some nice white tape, it's not all that bad looking (and who's really going to see it besides us, anyway?). Tape is cheap, and it's not like I need to get in there all that often. So for now anyway, tape it is....
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