Reduce the Risk of Water Damage in Your RV
Be alert to the signs and symptoms of this common problem.
Whether you’re a weekend camper or a year-round traveler, it’s important to protect your RV from one of its biggest threats: water damage. Keep an eye on damage-prone areas to stop leaks before they cause major problems.
What to look for
Inspect your RV or camper for water damage at least twice each year, at the start and end of the traditional camping season. Signs include:
- Soft spots on the roof, walls or floor
- Discoloration on the ceiling; around windows, doors and slide-outs; and around air-conditioners, antennas and other openings.
- Wrinkly wallpaper
- Laminate floors that bunch or peel
- Blisters or pits on exterior siding
- Darkened or discolored wood
- Delamination. This occurs when water leaks between the sidewall and the exterior fiberglass, causing them to separate. Test for delamination by looking down the length of your RV or camper. Delamination will cause ripples or bubbling along the exterior.
Where to look
Water can seep into your RV’s smallest crack or gap. Start your search:
- Around doors, windows, light fixtures, skylights, city water inlets, vents, and other openings
- Inside cabinets, drawers, and storage compartments, particularly in corners
- Along seams and seals on the body of the RV or camper, including the sidewalls, roof, and end caps. Inspect seals to be sure they aren’t loose or damaged.
When to fix it
Even a minor water leak can cause major damage if it goes unnoticed or unrepaired. Inspect for leaks often, and have a professional correct any problems right away.