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STEVE ELLS replied to the topic 'cessna 172rg landing gear question' in the forum. 4 days ago

Hi Matt; I realize I didn't really provide hardly any information on the 172RG in my response last week. And I'm sorry for my curt answer.
One thing you can do very easily is to type "Cessna 172RG POH" into your favorite search engine and in seconds you'll have access to a POH for the 172RG. Red Sky Ventures often has these manuals.
I asked before and I'm wondering what about the 172RG has whetted your interest??
As I mentioned in my last post, many 172RGs piled up a lot of airframe time due to being used in training.
Since the FAA changed the rules and no longer requires a commercial pilot applicant to fly a retractable, gear, constant speed propeller airplane many 172RGs are coming on the market.
There are two ways to buy an airplane. But one that needs work or an extensive avionics upgrade and plow money into it until it's up to what you want, or buy the best equipped and best looking airplane you can afford, and then fly it. I usually advise buyers to take the second route unless they are very handy and a local A & P mechanic is willing to supervise and sign off your work.

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STEVE ELLS replied to the topic '182S cabin water leak' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Hi SloRoam;
It's my experience that most of the leaks are at the rear window. I wish I could provide a more definite trouble shooting procedure. I have heard of putting a water hose on the top skin of the cabin and turning on the water to try to observe where it's coming in. I suppose you could even add some food coloring dye to a few gallons of water and then spray or trickle it down the top fuselage skin. Look for the colored water.
Certainly water can come in through the fuel line opening if there is a gap in the skin overlap. As I recall, the inboard upper skin on the top surface of the wing overlaps the fuselage skin at the wing root. If you suspect the leak is there, you can temporarily seal that overlap joint with some tape to see if sealing that overlap joint stops water from getting in.
Or as I have written in the past, if you can't hangar your airplane consider buying a canopy/fuselage cover. Most owners have heard of and seen windshield covers but few realize that reputable companies also sell covers that cover a lot more than the windshield. www.customcovers.com is a well known company that manufactures and sell what it calls "over-the-top" covers and "extended over-the-top" covers that will cover all the windows.
If you can get the carpet dried out quickly after the rain water gets in, and the drain holes in the fuselage belly are open, the entry of rain water shouldn't cause too many problems in the long run.
Please let us know what you find out.

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SloRoam replied to the topic '182S cabin water leak' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I also have a leak in a 182k. I removed the carpet, and I only see water on the Port side aft of the door area. I will be doing some more panel removal to see if I can find the source, but curious if I. Addition to the rear window there are also issues at the wing root or where the fuel line descends?

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