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Rufus16

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Hi all,

We've had our UEV 390 for just over a year and We are now 3 weeks into our big lap.

The canvas is leaking through the seams on the bottom corner by the bed and above the bed. Even from light rains. The mattress ends up soaked and had got some mould as a result. There is also corrosion on the poles above the bed.

Prior to this trip we only camped a handful of times in the trailer. We followed the instructions and seasoned it correctly.

Has anyone else had similar problems? It mentions in the manual about waterproofing. Has anyone tried this? And what did you use?

We're in tassie and rain is unavoidable. Getting fed up of our wet bed and worried about possible problems it's causing. I'm disappointed to be experiencing this so soon into our trip and especially that the trailer was barely used until now.

We've got a bunch of other problems but this is the most urgent! Despite the winging, we do love our conky!!
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A quick fix if it is the seams that are leaking (it comes in through the stitching holes) is to block the holes. Rub a candle along the seam, may need to do t a couple of times but it will stop leaking.

Another solution is to get into a camping store and crab a can of spray sealer. This will seal the canvas and you will see the water bead on the canvas (like a newly polished car). This would not be my first choice (I'd go with the candle first).

If you use the candle, you will need to do it again in the future.

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Anthony

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Hi Rufus16,
We had same problem , did the leave it up in the rain bit but in the end I had a few spots where water was coming through the stitching holes so I sprayed it with a 3m scotch guard problem solved . You should be able to get it or an equivalent at an outdoor retailer, ie Annaconda, Paddy Pallin etc.
Good luck enjoy your trip.
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We find the water collects in the ruts where the canvas connects to the conqueror (under heavy rain)
Also on the pull out awning its seems to leak through through the velcro seems.
We havent had anything come through the canvas persay but we did have to seal all the holes with sikaflex as our camper leaked like anything in the first 6 months but CA fixed it all with sikaflex.

I think now overall it will be fine - i mean we were camping as 'debbie' past over and was ok [smile]

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Mudge1

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Our leaks like a sieve, thought we had just got a bad one as there has never been any mention about it. Seems like we are not alone.
We have often ended up with 1/2 a litre or so of water on the floor.

Anthony, why go for the candle first? Are the sprays not safe?

Will have to try something, driving back to CA for a replacement is a long haul from Vic
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I recommend going for the candle first because it is a lot more accurate in its application. The candle can be shaped to just cover the stitching and can be rubbed on the small section that leaks (i.e. 20 or 30 mm). Also, most canvas is stiched with waxed thread. This allows the thread to slide through easily and also seals the hole left by the needle. By using the candle you are reapplying what is already there. (I maintain all my canvas this way).

The aerosol applications cover a much greater area and are less accurate in their application. Most of the spray solutions are silicone based and once applied are difficult, if not impossible to remove if needed. Once sprayed on, you will see a large area that beads water like a freshly polished car. I have nothing against the spray seam sealers, waterproofers if used in the right circumstances. (I maintain all my synthetic tentage this way - nylon or siliconised fabric). If you need to do an emergency repair using glue you won't stick a patch on a silicon sprayed surface. Silicone and wax also don't like sticking to one another.

If yours leaks like you have said, have you seasoned the canvas?

This is achieved by watering the canvas down so that it is saturated, letting it dry and repeating a number of times (I leave my tents/canvas set up in the rain for a few days).
Focus on the stitched areas - due to the wax - and it will allow the stich holes to swell or "take up".
You need to maintain your canvas - brush of mud and dirt, wash down (use only gentle chemicals if you need to), dry throughly before storage, reseal seams annually.

The same applies to synthetic canvas - but I use the sprays to reapply the silicone to where it wears off.

I do this with all my canvas and (touch wood) I always have dry nights - and if slept out in some lousy weather in some even lousier places.

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Anthony

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Mudge1

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Thanks for your detailed reply.
We have seasoned it well and it has been wet many times now.i wonder if I am stretching it to much, I like it pegged down tight and extended so there are no creases.
We will get the candle wax out. Nice job for a Sunday morning
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If you apply the wax, on both sides, it works better (on top and underneath)

If it is a little bit sunny, to melt the wax in, it works even better.

If you haven't got sun, try a hair drier on a LOW setting, to warm the wax and help it soak in (this is how I used to get my Parade Boots soooo shiny).

I have my canvas pulled fairly tightly (batwing on a 490) so that he rain doesn't get a chance to pool and once treated with the candle wax, the seams stop weeping. I also Cary a candle in the kitchen draw and touch it up if I notice a bit off water coming through when we are out and about.

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TAZConqueror

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Mine was leaking like a sieve but after 3 weeks left open and 80mm of rain last weekend it has finally taken up. It rained all last night and the camper is a dry as 👍👍
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