Damn. My opinion of Sportsmobile is taking a nose dive.
So my wife and I drive out to Huntingon, IN to have the water damaged panels I mentioned in this thread replaced. The cut edges were not sealed and they therefore were able to absorb water and swell. They offered to make the repairs under warranty so it's just the inconvenience and expense of a drive from Massachusetts to Indiana, but I understand that things happen. Nothing is going to be built perfectly.
While camped in the Walmart parking lot in Huntington, IN tonight, in preparation for our visit to Sportsmobile North in the morning, I hear what sounds like a drip on plastic. Odd. So I start looking around and then discover a small bit of water on top of a small tote we store under the sink cabinet. I pull the tote and some storage bags out from the bottom of this cabinet and get down there with a flashlight. This is what I see:
I'm censoring myself here because if I typed just a small part of the curses I uttered upon seeing this, I'd be banned from the forum.
I soon discovered that the water connections under the sink were not as tight as they should be. In fact, the hot water connection was so loose that I had to turn it almost ten times before it started feeling snug. I found water drips down the hot water line; I found the source of the leak.
The hand connection has three "spurs" along the perimeter for grip and the hot conection is right up against the cabinet wall so I don't see how it could have vibrated loose from rough roads. I suspect it just was never tightened properly.
I'm unsure what Sportsmobile is going to say about this. The water leak, even with the loose connection, is apparently slow; just a periodic drip when the system is pressurized. We've had the van since December, but because we live in the North East, we've only really started using the water system itself in April. Still apparently that's enough time for periodic drips when the system is pressurized to cause all that damage.
I don't even know how they are going to get access to this panel to replace it as it is adjacent to the dinette bench. I have a feeling this is going to be a huge hassle. Have to wait and see what they say tomorrow when I show them.