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Post by ColinCamper on Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:30 pm

:scratch head:Concerned that our new ( to us) 2009 Nuevo has damp coming onto the wooden bulkhead in the over cab locker. Not driven many miles since we purchased the vehicle apart from short hop at 60/65 mph on the A417 to get new tyres and habitation check.
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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:53 pm

Do you mean these slots? The FG trim is not sealed to the body so they let out any water that gets in.

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Post by ColinCamper on Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:57 pm

Thanks for your reply,these are the slots I was referring to, so they don't form a vent through the main shell into the over cab space? Was concerned that the slots were in a high pressure zone that would cause a flow of air and moisture into the vehicle.
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Post by inspiredron on Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:18 pm

On my Nuevo there is quite a large gap between the "eyebrow" trim and the GRP body. It covers a join. It only occurred to me recently that the eyebrow holds water - I had been surprised how much water often poured off the roof when I moved the van. I used to keep it on a slope nose up - which meant that the join was probably in water most of the time - until the penny dropped!

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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:20 pm

No they don't. They cover the seal of the overca to vehicle cab structure, there could be a leak in that or the radio arial, if you have one, on the overcab might leak?

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Post by ColinCamper on Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:42 pm

So next question, how easy is it to remove the trim to inspect the join behind, or is it easier to remove the buklhead at the back of the overcab locker to inspect the joint?
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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:58 pm

I suspect the trim is stuck on, and not advisable or easy to remove. Bulkhead, no idea.

Another possible water ingress point is the marker light or its cable entry.

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Post by bikeralw on Sun Mar 25, 2018 3:41 pm

Have you checked the lowest point of the bulkhead where it meets the floor? Any long term water ingress will find it's way there and rot the floor/bulkhead from the bottom.
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Post by ColinCamper on Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:11 pm

Thanks to all for your advice, will investigate further. Damp appears at the top of the locker bulkhead where it meets the headlining. Wondered with the very cold weather recently the problem was condensation, but the headlining shows no staining but panel is starting to show a small stain. Habitation checks shows no evidence of damp anywhere in the vehicle appart from this one spot.
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Post by raymondo on Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:23 am

the previous owner of my Nuevo filled those vents up with silicone (WHY????) they did a very good job of it too as I didnt notice that it wasnt original - after about 18months of ownership I noticed that the repeater lights didnt work when I changed them I discovered that the 'eye brow' was completely full of water!
None had entered the cab however
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