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Old 12-25-2015, 06:46 AM   #1
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LEAKS LEAKS more LEAKS in ATL

Just drove in to Atlanta during monsoon season with a 2009 FC. I'll be here for the next 3 months for school.
To my dismay, I have multiple leaks. I'm counting at least 6. One from each ceiling fans; one from bathroom vent; and 3 from ceiling over bed.
I'm assuming these are all coming from poor sealing around the fans.
Any suggestions or referrals much appreciated and needed.
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Old 12-25-2015, 06:50 AM   #2
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Eternabond tape if it ever dries out.
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Old 12-25-2015, 08:45 AM   #3
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x2 on the Eternabond AlumiBond tape.

https://www.bigrocksupply.com/store/...n-x-50-ft.aspx
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Old 12-25-2015, 10:18 PM   #4
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I use vulkem polyurethane caulk. Comes in grey. Get up top and check all the seams around fans and all vents.(do every year at least) also check the seals under the vent lids and make sure they are shutting all the way.
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Old 12-25-2015, 10:29 PM   #5
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On all of our Avion's roof seams, after I cleaned them well, including removing all of the old sealant in the seams and around the vents, I applied a bead of ParBond in the seam, let it dry a bit, then covered the seams with the EternaBond AlumiBond 4" tape. The thing I liked about doing it this way is that once it's done, you can forget it for a long time. A yearly check of things is about all that's needed.
With good prep, that tape will stick and probably outlast you!


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Old 12-26-2015, 08:55 AM   #6
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I hate to be a contrarian, but from my professional experience over the last 15 years, using Eternabond tape for a leak is like placing a Band-Aid over a wound that requires stitches. I have been called many times to correct leaks that were 'sealed' with Eternabond, only to start peeling and leaking in relatively short order………even those that have been properly prepped and sealed with a roller.

There are far better, more permanent solutions to solving leak problems, and these have been discussed at length in a sealant thread. Of course, as always…………YMMV!!!

In fact, I was just doing some re-organizing in my shop and found several rolls of the stuff……….all available at great prices!!!!

PM me for further information.
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We will have to agree to disagree on this one.
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Prep is the key, as with anything that you want to adhere well.

How can you tell if something was prepped properly if you are coming in after the fact to fix it?


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Just drove in to Atlanta during monsoon season To my dismay, I have multiple leaks. I'm counting at least 6. One from each ceiling fans; one from bathroom vent; and 3 from ceiling over bed.
I'm assuming these are all coming from poor sealing around the fans.
Any suggestions or referrals much appreciated and needed.
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DUDE! I'm full timing in my '58 Caravanner in ATL and have found a few leaks again after this weeks ridiculous rain here too. All of them are from the dude that rebuilt this trailer & he sealed all this leaking stuff with a bunch of silicone...it's a process to get this junk off and reseal correctly with c-10 or vulkem...I've knocked them out one by one but always have to wait for things to dry out and clean the areas well before applying new sealant. I've used butyl tape as a temp quick fix if its still raining...
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Old 12-26-2015, 03:15 PM   #10
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Where in atlanta? I have great repair guy on the south side.
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We had to replace our fan because the plastic frame had many hairline cracks. Also had the bathroom vent sealed.
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Old 12-27-2015, 06:34 AM   #12
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AGREE - never ever put that #@^$ tape on your trailer - you will regret it or the next owner will! This rain is not the norm for the SE. I thought I had all my leaks fixed on my 67 but this rain found some more. If you are comfortable doing the work take and do the work. Temp fix for small leaks is creeping crack filler from VTS. NO SILICONE as stated above. You have about 24 hours with no rain ahead. Duct tape areas for temp stoppage It will remove easily enough. Remove all old sealants before applying new for sealant on sealant most often fails - But as someone in school as I was four 5 summers at Emory, I hope you have the time to DIY. Best of luck on school and the normal for course, leaks in an older AS.
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Thank you all for your the great advice as usual. However, I think the problem maybe well above my expertise and pay grade. I went to Home Depot and bought some aluminum tape in the Interem to tape around fans, which helped. However, I'm getting leaks from the seams as well. I have a feeling I'm going to need prose sealing and I'm 3000 miles away from home.
Any good suggestions to repairs facility or mobile guy in ATL?
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Where in atlanta? I have great repair guy on the south side.
Would greatly appreciate his contact info. Is he a mobile repair guy?
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