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Old 02-04-2013, 07:32 PM   #29
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Our bus is for sale

Just FYI, we have an offer, but its not sold yet...

98 cutter bus, 79K, diesel, very nice!
its listed in the classifieds..
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:08 PM   #30
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Sikaflex

Dave,

Can you elaborate a little more on the application of Sikaflex polyurethane to the windshield please? From my understanding, it is quite thick and might need to be heated up a little before application and may require the use of an air caulking gun. We are getting a little wind howl at freeway speeds from that area. While I was replacing the front markers, I took a good look at the gasket and it seemed to be losing all the sealant (which looked like black silicone). I know many recomend letting an RV glass shop do the work.... but can it really be that hard?

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Old 02-11-2013, 12:37 AM   #31
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Not a big job Adam, just a dirty one. I do not use the latex gloves and have black hands for a week after working with this stuff.

Use a putty knife to clean as much as you can off, and then clean remainder well with Acetone. Try not to mark/scratch the f/g with the putty knife.

The Sikaflex can be used with a regular HD caulk gun.

Tape the area off with painters tape or you will have a challenge to keep it from traveling to other unwanted areas. Also gives a nice even finish line when you pull the tape after 10 minutes or so. Don't spread too light a coat as it will only dry and crack if there is any movement.
Any unused caulk will last in the tube a month or so if it is sealed from air.

Just do one side at a time to make the job at home manageable. On the CLIPPER I use the 12' extendable plank between two aluminium step ladders for a scaffold, with one step ladder located around the corner a bit so that you are not reaching at the top of the windshield.

On my Clipper, it seemed that the factory might have used a light duty caulk as a filler around the windshield frame to fiberglass to defeat the wind noise. The windshield rubber is embedded in that and then sealed on the outer perimeter with polyurethane caulk.

Wind noise may also come from the mirror mount on the w/s post, if your mirrors are mounted there. I had remounted my drivers mirror a bit lower on the post a few years ago and found no insulation or caulk where the wires enter through the w/s post. The wind/water seal depended on the caulk around the mirror base itself.

I have never had any wind noise in the cockpit on my CLIPPER.

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Old 04-13-2013, 08:40 AM   #32
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I figured I would add to this post since I spend countless hours looking for leaks. Last week I took my Cutter in to do a pressurized leak test. I felt this is far superior to dumping water on the coach and further damage anything that did not need to be damaged. Once the coach was pressurized I recorded several pictures where we found leaks with a soapy water solution.
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:45 AM   #33
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:35 PM   #34
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Thanks for the pictures randazj. Where did you get this done and how much does this service go for in your area?
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:55 AM   #35
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Here is a list of service facilities that utilize the machine that can pressurise your coach
Sealtech Manufacturing Inc. - RV leaks bubbles recreational vehicles
It usualy costs the equiv of what the dealer charges for 2 hours labor.
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:57 AM   #36
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Adam,
If you can please post the results of the test. Also can you tell me since I have a lateodel cutter where you have found suspect leaks
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:21 AM   #37
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The hot weather has finally arrived. In preparation of our pending eastern tour, I thought it advisable to do a small roof repair that had some indication of a problem.

The Eternabond on the rear skylight on the Clipper was bubbling up over about 10" on the rear side. It had not broken the Sikaflex edge seal at this point, but I thought I would redo it before it becomes a problem.

I cut out the bad part of the existing tape with the help of the heat gun, and cleaned the area with Acetone. Re-applied fresh Eternabond and resealed the edges with caulk.

Should be good for many years again.

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nice... bet the Maxim's would be kewl..
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:34 AM   #39
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If you are doing highway mileage as we do, you don't need anything else sticking up in the air.

At some point I will probably have to change these out and I will look at all options at that time.

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Old 07-11-2013, 09:43 PM   #40
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It does not rain much here, but we did have a storm go through recently an I noticed a small leak in the dome in the bath.

I had planned on using the Eternabond that I had, but during the Texas summer. I did not have to use a heat gun, at 90-100 degrees the old gunk came up really easy. The hardest part was separating the skim from the tape, and if it sticks to itself, start over it's not going to come apart

Since the we had a light rain an had the rig and roof power washed. No leaks.

Hopefully this will last until winter
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