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Old 11-09-2018, 02:59 PM   #1
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Leak at Awning Rail

I'm chasing a couple of leaks that I believe are coming from the curb side awning. I've attached a picture of the rail and have a couple of questions. For some reason the picture is rotated 90 degrees - My thumb is pushing down on the roof.

1) As shown in the picture, when I press down on the roof at a point between the rivets, the skin depresses and separates from the rail. The old caulk is obviously not doing much good here but with this much give will a new bead of caulk do any good or is there something more that I should be doing? Note that the rivets securing the rail to the roof are about 9" to 10" apart.

2) Should I remove and reinstall the rail? If I do, should I place some Butyl or VHB tape under the rail?

Note that I plan to cover the edge of the rail with Eternabond tape so I'm basically trying to figure out what I should do before installing the tape.

Also, I don't really want to replace the rail but more then anything I want to stop the leaks, so my goal is to do it right and not have to deal with it for years.

Thanks!
John
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That joint should be caulked down the whole rail. I would not remove the rail.
I’ll try and get you a photo of what mine looks like when I get home from hunting.
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That joint should be caulked down the whole rail. I would not remove the rail.
Iíll try and get you a photo of what mine looks like when I get home from hunting.
Thanks! That will help a lot. I've never owned an AS before and have only had this one a couple of months, so I'm trying to get this thing fixed up with a serious lack of experience ;-)
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