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Noticed that the blinds at the front of the caravan had become loose and thought they just needed fixing back but when I looked the wall board in a couple of areas is spongy.

Will have to get it looked at, could just be the seal around the top of the window though

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Sorry Mark

This is a common problem according to my service guy who commented on how dry our van was at it's annual service he the nsaid that our use of a dedicated carport for storage and taking it to Spain most years would probably helped to keep it dry

the Front blinds however are rubbish they are not fixed into to solid wood but thin ply over polystyrene he says he usually rebuilds them with wooden blocks while he is rebuilding damp front ends

He said that he usually has to strip out the front frames on 3 out of 4 Baileys he gets with front window damp

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A friends Bailey also suffered the same, his was around 10 years old when it happened. A lot better than Swift you have had a problem with 2012/13 built caravans where the wrong sealnt was used on the front window rubbers and some caravans were classed as damp in the area at the FIRST service!

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Hi all,

Nothin' changes, I remember 20 yrs ago approaching a couple of chaps looking admirably round our brand new first time out Bailey Majestic, then I explained that we'd just soaked 2 towels trying to mop up the front window sill. At this time Bailey were pushing the fact they were using jet wash units to prove their new 'vans didn't leak. Happy caravanning, indoors.

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Noticed that the blinds at the front of the caravan had become loose and thought they just needed fixing back but when I looked the wall board in a couple of areas is spongy.

Will have to get it looked at, could just be the seal around the top of the window though

If it is that bad, why wasn't it picked upon the last service?

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Checked that and it was picked up, dry test throughout, slightly higher readings around front windows. I never said it was bad, it is a 2" strip along the top of the window at the moment. But that will only get worse if left. So off to the dealers soon but in the meantime it will be sealed up as I don;t want to miss weekends away while it is sat in the garage.

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Checked that and it was picked up, dry test throughout, slightly higher readings around front windows. I never said it was bad, it is a 2" strip along the top of the window at the moment. But that will only get worse if left. So off to the dealers soon but in the meantime it will be sealed up as I don;t want to miss weekends away while it is sat in the garage.

May I suggest that you try to keep the van warmer than the surroundings and let the area dry out a little before the workshop get their paws on it

My engineer says it's keeping our van warm all winter in it's shed has helped prevent it getting damp - - (we do use it as a spare room - my extra study to be honest)

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While on holiday i noticed that i was getting water on tthe front shelf (inside) and when looking in the front locker i could see that the wood under the windows was damp. I search high and low to see how the water was getting in and had a hunch that it was coming through the screws that were holding the window bar on to the caravan. I took the screws out and injected some silicone sea,l as a temporary measure, and high presto the water stopped. Today i had a mobile fitter come out to re-seal the bar. Once he had got it off you could see were the water had washed the seal away over a number of years as at the top on the screw holes there was no sealent and this was were the water was getting in.

He charged me £40 for a 1 1/2 hour job2thumbsup.gif , which i thought was very reasonalbe. So if anyone wants to know a good mobile fitter in the Doncaster, Gainsborough or North Notts area drop me a line. I'm so glad my van is out of warrenty as i find relying on dealers for repairs very fraustrating as they always have a huge lead time to get vans in, and do a complete cook of a job.

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So do you think a cover might have helped . .?

We did have a cover once and even though they say they breath I felt it seemed to cause a mould film on the out side of the van . So never used it again. Also the van felt damp inside. It was a very bad and cold winter. Yet I still wouldn't use it again.

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Fingers crossed it's not too bad Mark

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