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Argh.... We have a roof leak.

Discussion in 'Elevating Roof' started by CaliGem, Mar 12, 2019.

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    That is exactly how i clear mine
     
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    do you mean one of these 'catheter' syringes?

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    or something with a luer slip connection like this?

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    I use one of these. s-l640.jpg
     
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    OK -- something non medical !!! well I never !

    thanks -- gives me a much clearer idea of what's needed and nice and simple
     
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    Thanks for this I have failed to clear a blocked front drain using cotton buds so have just ordered a syringe with tube from Amazon

    Kelvin
     
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    Yep, but 60ml.
     
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    Thank you ArunAlec the syringe idea is genius - I now have a free flowing roof drain for £4.99 instead of a wet A pillar and expensive trip to the VW dealer!! This is what this forum is brilliant at sharing learning and experience.
    Kelvin
     
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    Thanks for advice. Have just ordered syringe with tube. Front offside drain seems clogged. Don't have leak into cab so far. Have previously used electric lilo pump with mastic tube nozzle attached to clean but this sounds better idea. As mentioned by others, the gutters around roof collect a lot of debris, especially when parked under shade of trees. Had a particularly bad experience once under a cherry tree in France... and I'm only talking about the van here!!!
     
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    The roof drain at the front works on gravity when there is enough water in the tube the valve in the scuttle panel opens so sometimes it will give the impression it’s blocked but it’s not
     
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    I didn't know that. When you say 'in the tube', could it back up to the point that it is actually pooling within the gutter where the drain hole is?
     
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    Seems like a lot has already been said here!!

    We had the exact same issue with water seeming to leak above the drivers seat (where the hanging handle is) and also in the same side footwell. After much research and stress we put it down to blocked drainage holes.

    Went down the syringe route but found it something quite difficult to buy with a suitable size of flexible tube to poke into the hole. If anyone has any product links to share then please do as sure I might need it in the future.

    Also got some pc cleaning style compressed air and used a small blast of that. Now we have a dry and condensation free cab!!

    Was surprised to read all about drainage holes when we had these issues as we've only had our Cali for a couple of years. Great responses by everyone and apologies for not adding anything new!!
     
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    The tube I use on my syringe is a length of electrical shrink wrap sleeve that I’ve in my toolbox for 30 years (good old GPO).
    A drinking straw may do the same job.
     

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