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Old 01-09-2007, 05:45 PM   #15
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ditto on what andy said!

sewer vents should be the first place to check. mine looked horrible and were cracked wide open. if it wern't for the copious amounts of vulkem applied at the factory they would have been acting as funnels!

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Old 01-09-2007, 06:15 PM   #16
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Frank, I know that the marker lights are bad leakers – seal the edge of the gasket where it meets the skin.

Check above the window where the window frame overlaps the skin cutout – many times it will separate away from the skin and water can get down between it and the flange.

A water hose on a non-rainy day and with someone inside and out is the best way to find these. You start at the bottom, holding it in a suspect spot for about 5 mins before moving on.
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:24 PM   #17
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Replacing the gasket was easy

The leak in my Excella was so far from the vent that I was convinced the issue could not be cause by a bad vent gasket. But I had calked everywhere and figured what did I have to loose. Replacing the gasket was easy and now the leak has stopped.
Some of my caulk work was a bit sloppy. I think I will redo some of my work this spring and use a “Caulking Syringe” to put a finer point on my work.
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:03 PM   #18
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Misery loves Company!

Many thanks for all of the great ideas and words of encouragement - never thought about replacing gaskets on the roof at this point, it seemed so unrelated....

My wife was especially intrigued by the smoke machine - especially since the neighbours already think we are nuts.....

It is our hope to have this machine up near Lakefield in August - so progress must be made. Here's hoping for a dry Saturday...Ha Ha.
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:30 PM   #19
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You vintage/retorers/rennovators are amazing. You have the patience of Job! I really enjoy seeing your crafsmanship and work.

Keep it up. The rest of us are jealous (or thankful! )
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:43 PM   #20
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You vintage/retorers/rennovators are amazing. You have the patience of Job! I really enjoy seeing your crafsmanship and work.

Keep it up. The rest of us are jealous (or thankful! )
I wonder if the 06's will be around in 2031??? or sitting out in a field somewhere - and someone in one of those hoover crafts will spot the ole time piece and say - wow I gotta get me one of em silver thingies...
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When you have tried everything else. Take it to your nearest RV shop. You will find overtime they will become one of your best friends!

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Old 01-10-2007, 10:40 AM   #22
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The leak in my Excella was so far from the vent that I was convinced the issue could not be cause by a bad vent gasket. But I had calked everywhere and figured what did I have to loose. Replacing the gasket was easy and now the leak has stopped.
Some of my caulk work was a bit sloppy. I think I will redo some of my work this spring and use a “Caulking Syringe” to put a finer point on my work.
Using a syringe to install sealer, is not necessary.

No dealer that I know of uses them, and for that matter, neither does Airstream.

For large seams use Vulkem sealer. You cannot use that material in a syringe.

For small seams use Par-Bond. You can squeeze the tip down to any diameter you wish, and still do a very neat job. That's the same as using a syringe, without the hassle of transfering the Par-Bond, along with no cleanup.

The secret to making sealers do their job, is to install it on a "chemically clean" surface. If you have a seam that had "silicone sealer" installed on it, then that changes the whole ball game to something unpleasant.

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Old 03-16-2012, 12:29 PM   #23
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You might want to replace your black pipe vent gaskets . Notorious for leaking.
Replace every few years.
I also found one of my fantastic fan vents were warped, not contacting the seal. The vent lid would rest against tv antennae .Fantastic fan being the fantastic company they are, sent me a new
one for free!!
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:39 PM   #24
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Speak more loudly, Haym (I'm going to tease you) as the OP hasn't been here in about four years.

That aside, it's a good addition to the thread. Someone else will benefit as was your intention. (And I've dug up some oldies as well. Wish that others would also instead of re-inventing the wheel with the same questions every time).
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Impossible

If you have something that moves, it is practicably impossible to make a permanent seal, (without making it ugly) so be prepared to do these repairs over, and over, and over again.

On the metal units, you also have to deal with excessive expansion and shrinkable due to temperature. So as soon as your caulk begins to loose its elasticity, the joint opens up for moisture to enter.

RV ownership is a commitment to a continuing maintenance program by you (preferably) or by a qualified technician that takes pride in his work and knows you will be back for warranty if it is not right.

But it is the satisfaction of success and the joy of hitting the road that make RV ownership so wonderful.

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Is God mad at me?[QUOTE=frank n'shar;319555]

Yes, I think so. He/she gets very easily angered, as I've noticed from being somewhat observant and following the news. Seems to have no favorites, wreaks havoc on the lives of believers and heathens alike. You're lucky to have gotten off with only a leak in your travel trailer!
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:09 PM   #27
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Wonder what ever happened with his leaky trailer?
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:36 PM   #28
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For floor protection and repair, here's some useful information on penetrating epoxies.

Penetrating Epoxies and Epoxy Sealer - The Real Story! - Test Results
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