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    Posted: 22 Sep 2017 at 1:52pm
2015 179 pod has a leak somewhere in the driver's side rear corner above the counter.  May be window, side-to-wall or spoiler.  Don't know, but will begin with resetting the window.  Would appreciate insight from anyone who has had this problem.  BTW, how is the spoiler attached and sealed?  Set in butyl tape?  Have had the pod in its cover through several days of rain and will just get at it this weekend.  
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Greetings 
I had a small leak that traveled down the inside of the fiberglass skin, causing it to bulge out.  I bought a tube of 100% silicone sealant, and ran a bead around the window and above the spoiler.  It took care of the problem.  I also had a partial failure of the LED taillights.  I found that they had a heavy coating of mastic  on the back side where they had failed.  I installed new lights and just sealed them with Silicone around the edge.  It's good to check for leaks on a regular basis.  Catch them before they cause serious damage.  Overall, both of the pods I've owned have had few problems.

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Aaah.  Hadn't considered lights.  Tail lights are too low to be the leak source, but side marker lights are worth a look.  Too, I am very suspicious of the spoiler.  Will know more (I hope) this weekend.  Thanks for your help.  Leaks are not hard to fix; but they are notoriously difficult to isolate in some cases (like this one).
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Problem is the spoiler.  It fits so poorly that it was never sealed at the factory, for it can't be.  Used Eternabond tape on top and sides. No way to really caulk or reset it, since the sides can't be pulled down snug to the roof.  Dicor for vertical surfaces might work, but the potential flexing of the joint would concern me.  Turns out, more than a few Pod owners have had this exact issue.  No excuse for this disgusting situation by Forest River.  They should be responsible for a recall.  I applied lots of water to test the Eternabond repair and it seems ok.  IMHO, if nothing has changed with spoiler installation since 2015 (or 2011, when spoiler installation became standard), you will have a leak.
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