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Old 02-20-2019, 07:51 PM   #1
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Unhappy Leaks.. do I leave this bus behind?

Hi friends, I have a conflicted and heavy heart as I type this. I'm not sure what to do, so hopefully, some of you can offer insight.

Only the second week after bringing my bus home, I discovered a significant leak right above my steering wheel. I tried silicone on the outside of the bus which seemed to help at first but the leak came back soon after. I've been checking in whenever we have rain to try and find the culprit with no luck. I live on the coast, so we get storms often (which has made the conversion process very difficult.. rain for 4 days with 2 days in between )
I don't have a picture of this at the moment, but I'll post one below when it's light outside again.

Tonight I went down to check out the damage and found a ton of water inside. Because it's right above the steering wheel the bus won't start when it's this wet. I had plans to take the bus to my girlfriend's this week so we could start the floors but now it seems like it won't be moving. I decided to poke around some more and found water seeping in between the panels on the wall. I have no idea where this water could be coming in from unless there's a leak in the roof and the water's seeping down. Here's a picture of the panels I'm talking about (circled) I also found the ledge under those little windows to have water (arrow).



I'm guessing that when we pull out the walls & ceiling to insulate then we'll have a better idea of where the water is coming from. However, I'm worried that the extent of the water damage is going to cost more than it would to sell this bus and try to find something different. My girlfriend and I have no experience and are learning as we go. We need a place to live by August, and I'm worried that selling & buying something different will take up more time than we have. Plus the fact that buying something new doesn't ensure that there's no water damage in that one. I got this bus for a good deal, has low mileage, and is in great mechanical condition.

What should I do?
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:06 PM   #2
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Leaks.. do I leave this bus behind?

Tarp it up, move it to somewhere it rains less. You shouldíve able to track down the leak if your persistent.

Unless its rusts a lot I donít think itíll f$ck up the conversion much so Iíd keep it.
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:09 PM   #3
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I'm not sure why the picture I have posted isn't showing up in the post.. trying it here.

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Old 02-20-2019, 08:09 PM   #4
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Btw I canít see any pictures
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:20 PM   #5
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Btw I canít see any pictures
I know, I've been trying to fix that problem but I'm not sure what the deal is.. uploaded them to imgur and linked them in, but it's still not working.

try this:
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:22 PM   #6
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My bus leaked like crazy. I still have a leak above the windshield that only leaks when driving in rain (not parked).

If plan to insulate it well youíll find the leaks when you pull all the inner skins off everything.

If it isnít running, thatís something to worry about, but all these busses leak by the time they are 15 years old. Like the previous poster said, tarp it up and get to work.
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:27 PM   #7
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This? I donít see how this would keep it from running?
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:31 PM   #8
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This? I donít see how this would keep it from running?


+1. I donít see either
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:36 PM   #9
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This? I donít see how this would keep it from running?
This is just one picture. I'll take another picture of the leak in the front of the bus & post tomorrow. This is just showing you where I found water in the back of the bus as well as the leak in the front.
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IF you have a roof hatch they're pretty much a guarantee to leak.
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