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Old 03-25-2007, 05:04 PM   #1
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Caulk on top & bottom of beltline?

After searching & searching for my leak in the streetside storage locker, I've FINALLY found it! First, I covered every possible obvious leak points with blue tape & a tarp cut to individual sizes (vents, a/c, antenna, fridge vent & vents). I had already recaulked these, but thought, maybe? The door had new gaskets & was recaulked as well. Well, after our last week of rain, I STILL had a leak! Last fall I put new beltline on ol' Bessie and never even thought about looking under there as a possible leak. I always assumed everyone was talking about leaks occurring from the top of the beltline & rubrails (which were also newly caulked). As a last resort, I took off the beltline to have a looksie loo. Eureaka! There were rivets missing right above the storage locker! I replaced the rivets & caulked every last rivet on the beltline & rubrail. Now, my question is this....Should the rubrail & beltline be caulked on top & bottom? Some places on the coach don't have caulk on the bottom side. It seems to me that if the bottom is caulked, the water has no place to go Also, I want to replace the striping & it looks like there is caulk on top of it in places. Is this how the factory does it? I'm guessing I'd have to remove the caulk that's over the stripe, unless someone has a better idea.
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Old 03-25-2007, 05:22 PM   #2
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Becky,
I caulked mine on the tops only, that way if it does leak, it will run out the bottom. Missing rivets underneath something are a pain to find. But it sounds like you are gaining on it...

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Old 03-25-2007, 07:31 PM   #3
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Caulk is cheap.......

..................your time is NOT!! I would go for it!

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Old 03-25-2007, 10:42 PM   #4
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anybody know anything about the striping?
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Old 03-26-2007, 05:03 AM   #5
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Hi all; Have you ever watched water travel up on your windshield while driving? Any holes that you have in the belt lines may leak when traveling in the rain, especially when the tractor trailers pass you creating much higher pressures in the atmosphere around your trailer. That is strong enough to push your trailer around so it can push water inside your trailer. Caulk the areas that may look troublesome. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 03-26-2007, 07:11 AM   #6
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anybody know anything about the striping?
It is blue...
Becky,
The striping is stick on, a lot of people end up painting them on. You will need to remove the caulking if you want a nice looking stripe.

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Speaking of striping - most of our vinyl striping at the bottom edge of our trailer is gone. There are a few ends (stubs) left where the striping was attached with a rivet to the body. Do I have to drill out those rivets to replace the stripe and re-rivet it? (or can I just slide the new vinyl stripe over it?) If I should rivet it, whihc rivets do I use?
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Speaking of striping - most of our vinyl striping at the bottom edge of our trailer is gone. There are a few ends (stubs) left where the striping was attached with a rivet to the body. Do I have to drill out those rivets to replace the stripe and re-rivet it? (or can I just slide the new vinyl stripe over it?) If I should rivet it, whihc rivets do I use?
Yes, remove all the rivets and put the new vinyl insert in on a moderate day, like 75F. Paint the little metal parts, re rivet them on with moderate long (1/2 to 5/8 grip range) aluminum pop rivets. Paint their heads after done with the matching color.

If it is too hot when you put the vinyl in, it will contract and tear loose when it is cold, if it is too cold, it will expand and buckle or pop out of the track. You still can have problems, it expands and contracts a lot, especially over time.
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Yes, remove all the rivets and put the new vinyl insert in on a moderate day, like 75F. Paint the little metal parts, re rivet them on with moderate long (1/2 to 5/8 grip range) aluminum pop rivets. Paint their heads after done with the matching color.

If it is too hot when you put the vinyl in, it will contract and tear loose when it is cold, if it is too cold, it will expand and buckle or pop out of the track. You still can have problems, it expands and contracts a lot, especially over time.
Thank you so much for the great info!! Will work on it this weekend.
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