Unfortunately, in heavy rain events campervans can leak as they are not completely waterproof. The most common areas for water leaks are roof vents, windows and doors. See below some information on steps you can take to minimise water entering the vehicle. Of course, you can always contact us to talk over your individual situation.
Due to legal requirements, campervans can not be sealed. They require ventilation for internal gas cookers and for sleeping. This does mean there is an open hole in the roof vents. They are designed to keep water out, however in particularly heavy rain water will inevitably get in. To minimise the extent of water entering the vehicle ensure your vehicle is parked on a flat surface and in a direction where the open part of the roof vent is facing away from the prevailing weather.
The most common door for leaks is the sliding door. This is because the door is more difficult to close firmly from the inside. When necessary close the door from the outside with pressure applied to the back of the door as well to ensure it is correctly in place.
Another issue can be that the seal has come away from the door. You can put the seal back in place if it has fallen. These seals can become loose over time so prioritise the seal at the top and the sides of the door being correctly in place. If the seal has worn you may purchase tape at a hardware store and build up the seal to close the gap.
First and foremost, ensure windows are firmly closed. The frames of the windows in the campervan have holes at the bottom to channel the water out. Ensure these holes are not blocked. Clear the holes if necessary.
As a temporary measure in extreme weather events purchase plastic sheeting and good quality duct tape to cover the affected area of the vehicle. If you are able to find “Flextape” which is a strong rubberized waterproof tape that is fantastic for stopping leaks. Keep the receipts for expenses as Travellers Autobarn will refund you. As per our agreement minor repairs costing less than $100 may be effected without our authorisation and will be reimbursed upon completion of the rental if tax invoices are produced. If repair costs will exceed $100 please contact Travellers Autobarn first.