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Old 08-08-2006, 07:46 PM   #1
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What kind of caulking to use

I'm starting to put our Bambi II back together again and will need to caulk two areas and would like recommendations on what product to use. The original caulking is still soft and is light gray in color.

The two places I need to caulk are:

1) Underneath the metal strip on the floor of the doorway into the trailer. The metal strip screws into the sub-floor through the linoleum tile.

2). Behind the outside metal used to secure the cover on the hot water heater.
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I believe you need butyl rubber caulk, flat and about 1" wide. Should be available at any good RV dealer.
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I believe you need butyl rubber caulk, flat and about 1" wide. Should be available at any good RV dealer.
Can anyone recommend a brand name they have successfully used?

In researching caulk on the internet, I find it interesting that butyl rubber caulk is rated lowest amongst all caulks for home application. Perhaps that is because in the home, most homeowners aren't caulking metal to metal surfaces.

Here is a website I found that lists various butyl rubber caulks.

http://www.thomasnet.com/products/se...6103122-1.html
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i used Vulkem when i reskinned our 18 footer. it's great stuff. i had to remove one panel, after it dried, it was d@mn near impossible to peel apart. that stuff STICKS. very water tight!

you can touch up seams with alcoa gutter seal. it wicks in very nicely. for a clean seam, put a piece of tape down the center of the panel, slice it on the seam with a knife, squeaze in the alcoa with your finger, and remove the tape. no leaks!

both available at vintage trailer supply.

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i used Vulkem when i reskinned our 18 footer. it's great stuff. i had to remove one panel, after it dried, it was d@mn near impossible to peel apart. that stuff STICKS. very water tight!
Thanks for the input. Because of its "stickedness", I don't think Vulkem is a good choice for the hot water heater cover as I may need to remove the cover in the future for hot water heater maintenance purposes.
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Thanks for the input. Because of its "stickedness", I don't think Vulkem is a good choice for the hot water heater cover as I may need to remove the cover in the future for hot water heater maintenance purposes.

good call. i didn't realize it was a removable panel. that putty stuff would probably work great. it was all over my 18 footer when i took off the eyebrows, lights, etc, etc.

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I believe you need butyl rubber caulk, flat and about 1" wide. Should be available at any good RV dealer.
Thanks for the lead on this. I found some at my local RV dealer:

It costs $3.86 for a 20-25' roll (1" wide). For anyone in New England going to Region One rally -- I want to extend an offer to pick up a roll for you (while supplies last). Let me know if interested as I plan on picking it up on Saturday this week.
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