Originally Posted by Crawdad
I recently purchased a 1998 30 foot classic and it leaks water around the curved windows in the front of the trailer. I have been told by a very reliable source that the water is likely coming in from the top of the trailer. I just found out that some of the front top segments have been replaced on my trailer(before I bought it) and I did not know it. They used olympic rivets which I am told are not really waterproof. I have been advised to put silicone sealant on each of the rivets in an effort to seal them off. Have any of you had any experience with this kind of deal? Thanks for your feedback.Rudy
If you plan on keeping the trailer for a long time, then I would suggest that you use a long term fix to correct the leaks.
There is nothing wrong with using "olympic rivets" as long as they are used correctly.
You can drill out the rivets that were installed, and replace them correctly.
With the seams open, you can inject vulkem sealer.
Next, put a small circle of vulkem under the head of each rivet, insert it and pull it.
If you replaced all the rivets on the 3 segments on the front top of the trailer, it would take about 5 to 6 hours, from start to finish.
Materials costs are minor. Three hundred olympic rivets are $60.00, Two tubes of vulkem sealer. $20.00.
Shaving the rivets can be done several ways.
Should you take the permanent fix approach, that front end will never leak again.
Most importantly, if the fix is done correctly, it would take an expert to notice it.
Installing "any" sealer over the tops of the rivets will make the trailer look unsightly.
Further, if the rivets leak, then I would bet that a sealer was never put within the seams. Therefore in order to do that, you would still have to remove all the rivets.