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Posted - 03/11/2007 :  7:43:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit hikerh7's Homepage Send hikerh7 a Private Message
Hello, I'm new and I joined to ask a few questions. I've been looking at a used 2004, 800 Lite. I thought I'd do a search and found this site. I became very interested in the water leak posts, and read them all. This unit (serial #999, built 7-04), appears to have no leaks and the seams seem very well sealed. No front window. Side marker lights away from gutter, so water doesn't drip on light. Is there the water problem with these older units? It appears the problems are with newer units, 05-06, is this correct? It also has a solor panel attached to the roof. It's wiring comes down the sewer vent into the big cabinet next to the stove. Because the way it's wired I don't think it was factory installed. The panels are screwed unto the roof, I'm a little concerned about screws through the rubber roof. What would they have screwed into, the aluminum frame? Or wood? thank you for any response, Steve from Oregon


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Posted - 03/11/2007 :  8:12:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit lost-eagle's Homepage Send lost-eagle a Private Message
Originally posted by hikerh7

It appears the problems are with newer units, 05-06, is this correct?

I think that is a fair observation. It seems the quality control began to slip as the company neared bankruptcy.
None the less, one thing that can be said about RV's in general is that they leak (sooner or later).

The solar wiring sounds a little hoaky. . .the newer campers are prewired and I suspect that the owner didn't know how to find the wires. That was probably

Going through the rubber roof isn't uncommon. Dicor is the sealant of choice. Also, Joec here on the forum, invented a great do-it-yourself leak pressure testing system. You can search his posts and visit the Camper Gallery and click "New" and I think the pictures of his invention will come up.

Did they screw the solar panels into the aluminum frame?
I hope so. Otherwise the panel would probably be loose by now.

2005 Eagle Cap 1150 - #1118 -|- Dry bath w/ all factory options except solar.
2005 F350 CC 6.0 diesel dually: GVWR 13000
Truck with 2 people and full tank of fuel: 8360 lbs.
Camper weight with full tanks: 4420 lbs
GVWR with camper, full tanks, gear and food: 12,780 lbs

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Posted - 03/11/2007 :  8:38:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit rcgreb's Homepage Send rcgreb a Private Message
I have to agree with Rich. I know on mine which is an 04 as well I had leak tested last fall and only leak found was probable self inflected (sp) because it was on the roof rack in the back and I grab it when climbing on to the top. and yes the solar panel is not factory as yours should have been prewired for solar and previous owners probable did not know that. Hope this helps.

2007 chevy classic 3500 Crewcab Dually.
2004 1150 Eagle Cap ser# 776
3000 watt Inverter
honda eu2000
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Posted - 03/12/2007 :  07:35:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit tjonline's Homepage Send tjonline a Private Message
Mine is a 2003 and I've had no leak issues so far, Mine has been outside since I bought it.....hope to get my shop built this spring then bring it inside!

2003 EC800 serial #201
mfg 8/22/02 HondaEU2000
2006 Dodge 2500 Quad/SB Cummins, 7x14 cargo trailer
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Posted - 03/12/2007 :  10:50:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit hikerh7's Homepage Send hikerh7 a Private Message
Thanks for the replies. This camper I'm looking at seems very dry and clean. No signs of water. I checked it again and all the panels seem very secure.
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Posted - 03/13/2007 :  06:52:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit Amelia's Homepage Send Amelia a Private Message
No problems yet 950 w/ slideout
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Posted - 03/13/2007 :  07:54:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit lloyd4383's Homepage Send lloyd4383 a Private Message
My 2004 800 standard seems to be staying dry. It has been stored in the rain since new. I just bought an adco cover a couple months ago to try and be sure. But no problems yet.
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Posted - 03/14/2007 :  7:36:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit tetonn's Homepage Send tetonn a Private Message
I own an 04 800 lite, no water damage yet, always been stored out doors. Hope it stays that way. All the talk of water damage on the site definitely has me concerned though. I also ordered my camper without the front window, hoping that it would eliminate one of the routes for water to enter the camper.

06 Ford F350 CC SB, 04 Eagle Cap 800 lite, 92 2050 Bayliner Capri
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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  8:14:42 PM  Show Profile Send jackman a Private Message
I got my EC1150 Sealtech leak tested before I hit the road last September. The shop (Gibs RV in Coos Bay) did find one leak and sealed it. Since then we've been dry and warm. We've been full timing and there's been alot of rain here on the Oregon coast.

BTW, I just purchased the Eva-Dry petite dehimidifier to help remove the condensation build up inside the camper. Hopefully, that will also help keep things dry.

2015 Lance 1172 formerly 2004 EC 1150
2007 F-350 CC 6.0L diesel 4x4 dually
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