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Old 09-20-2006, 07:41 PM   #1
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What are these?

I am replacing the clearance lights and when I took off one of the old lights I found this. I'm not sure what it is. I'm guessing it's for protection but I don't know what it is. It's like a cardboard or a felt like material. Do you know what it is and if it's rare maybe where to find some more.
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Old 09-20-2006, 07:58 PM   #2
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looks like the original gasket that came with the light?

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Old 09-20-2006, 08:09 PM   #3
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looks like the original gasket that came with the light?

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Yup, mine had em too. made some out of thin rubber gasket material.
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Old 09-20-2006, 08:11 PM   #4
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It looks like a water proofing gasket to help keep the inside of your trailer dry. If you buy new lights they should also have one. If not you can cut your own out from bulk gasket material available at most auto part stores. Just trace around the light and cut .
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Like John said, It looks like the backing gasket. Should be able to find a replacement, if not buy a sheet of gasket material at a parts store, trace and cut your own.
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My experience with the same vintage type of lighting on my Argosy was that identical and compatible lighting bases were available at any local fleet store or RV dealer I visited locally. It was easy to install new but re-use wiring as it came out of the trailer shell. The bases come with new plastic domes also -- yellow for front and red for rear. Do a little shopping and you will see what I mean. Use Vulkem or Sikaflex on the hole coming out of the shell. Old bicycle tube can be cut to the outline and used as the backing gasket under the new base.
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Old 09-20-2006, 08:46 PM   #7
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Now, gasket material is a cork type material right?. This feels like a felt, should I be concerned about material makeup? or just use the cork?
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I would use one of the facric/paper type gasket materiels if you have to make one, or as someone suggested inner tube. If you go with inner tube, I would make it out of car tube - it will be thicker.
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That was supposed to read "fabric/paper", and no, I would not use cork. My 2-cents.
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Marker/Clearance light gasket

Just go to your local auto parts store ( as suggested earlier ) and get sheet gasket material and cut your new gaskets. Put Silkaflex or Vulkem at the surronding opening edges in the trailer ( as suggested earlier ) and only cut one small round opening for the existing wire from the traler to feed thru to the marker light base ( to prevent a larger opening for water to leak through ). The new gasket material will be a better waterproof gasket than the original as it will be made from silicon or butyl rubber rather than fiber or cork. That should answer your questions and get you back on track with better leak protection. Then Just go camping as your lighting issue should be resolved. Ed
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Old 09-21-2006, 04:10 AM   #11
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Butyl Tape

It's called Butyl Tape and you can get it at any trailer supply house. It comes in bulk rolls - anywhere from 1/2 to 2" wide. Because of the curvature of the AS you have to use this stuff. Flat, even thickness gaskets will fail or open up with the heating and cooling of the skin. This stuff is more like playdoh and squishes out from around the light as you tighten the screws. trim the excess off with a wood popcicle stick sharpened to an edge.

A whole roll - 25 feet - was $4. Too expensive - I have 24 feet left after doing mine........
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Old 09-25-2006, 11:13 PM   #12
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Butyl tape

Hey Michael, Wanna sell me some? How about 6 feet? I'll send you a crisp new one dollar bill and whatever you pay for a Post Office shipping box and postage to get it to me. That would use up 1/4th of what you are stuck with and save me from buying a 25 foot roll. If so send me a PM with your address and the amount to ship it and the money will be on the way to you. My home address is: Ralph E. Carver 451-East 7th Street Court Milan, IL 61264-2836. Thanks, Ed
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It's called Butyl Tape and you can get it at any trailer supply house.

It is also called live rubber. That is the best and easiest thing to use (unless of coarse you are trying to restore it back to the original) you put it behind the new light press it on and trim the excess. It will never rot, crack, or dry up. It works great.
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Hey Michael, Wanna sell me some? How about 6 feet? I'll send you a crisp new one dollar bill and whatever you pay for a Post Office shipping box and postage to get it to me. That would use up 1/4th of what you are stuck with and save me from buying a 25 foot roll. If so send me a PM with your address and the amount to ship it and the money will be on the way to you. My home address is: Ralph E. Carver 451-East 7th Street Court Milan, IL 61264-2836. Thanks, Ed
BIGED52 - I PM'ed you.

This stuff lasts forever and works great. My lights were original and when I pulled them off to polish the stuff was still plyable - 40 years old. I'll send the excess to you but it's not that much to find it at Camping World. Got mine at a local camper supply store.
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