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Old 08-29-2010, 08:09 AM   #1
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Question VTS Repro teardrop marker lights- what's the deal?

I recently installed some of VTS's teardrop marker lights ( Teardrop Marker Light ) on a small Scotty trailer project and I have already been gifted some to replace the marker lights on the Airstream Bambi II. What is the deal that these do not have a foam seal between the lens and the base???

This seems to be their only downfall as they are priced right, the aluminum base is way better than steel, and they look and fit just right.

I am thinking of using some foam material I have around here to make some gaskets. My buddy washed the Scotty the other evening, and the marker light fixtures took on lots of water. This can't be good from a corrosion standpoint.

Has anybody made such gaskets before? Any recommendations on materials?

Thanks! Ben

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Old 08-29-2010, 09:40 AM   #2
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I wondered the same thing when I Installed them on my 64tw,but busy fixing other things so the coach has not been out of the garage or gotten wet. Maybe they are designed for water to drain out quickly. If I did use a gasket it would only be on the top and sides so if the gasket fails water can escape out the bottom. I would think foam or thin cork.

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I used black gasket sheet I got from an auto parts store.
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I made a gasket for the scare light on our unit out of cork. Used the old gasket which was in three pieces as a template. The cork was exceptionaly thin (like 1/8") and has done the job flawlessly. Worth adding that this was the kind of cork with an adhesive backer on it so it made it easy to position and hold in place while you put the lens back on. I got it at Lowe's--peel and stick cork panels. Cheap, too.
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