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Old 06-06-2005, 05:13 PM   #15
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Aaron, This is exactly the same problem with my ’73 Overlander. Rot in the same places. I’m replacing the whole floor in mine. I’ve now removed the entire floor and a good portion of the belly pan. The belly “wraps” overlay on the outside of the shell. The big problem, obviously, with this arrangement is that it allows water to leak into the belly pan. To make matters worse, the “beltline” trim that covers this seam appears to have never had any type of sealant placed over this area. End result, MASSIVE leaks into the belly pan. Once I got the floor up and before I removed the belly pan, I stood in the camper during rain. Rainwater runs (read that POURS) down the side of the shell and straight into the belly. This leads to bad rust problems. All of the outriggers forward of the wheels need work. Most aft of the wheels need some work. This also feeds the rot problem in the floor.

I’ve been searching for an answer to this problem. One simple approach is to Velkem the heck out of when it is put back together. A friend also suggested that I install a type of “Z” channel to divert the water (hummm…)

Anybody out there got any suggestions? I don’t want to have to rip all this stuff out in a few years and do all this over again. There is a pretty good discussion at the end of my main thread by several of the forum members. It can be found here:
http://www.airforums.com/forum...ad.php?t=15132

Jim,

I agree, what I am doing is putting bead of vulkem between the wrap and the body when I reinstall them, then after cleaning tubes and tubes of silver silicone off the beltline, I am reinstalling it with a light bed of vulkem at or just above the rivets. Then sealing the top of it with vulkem or Parbond...to be determined.

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Sealing the top of the rub rail with vulkem, will be difficult to do, and, have it look nice and neat.

If you used Parbond on the top of the rub rail, it will look great.

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Old 06-06-2005, 06:08 PM   #17
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Sealing the top of the rub rail with vulkem, will be difficult to do, and, have it look nice and neat.

If you used Parbond on the top of the rub rail, it will look great.

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Andy,
I usually only use the Vulkem when there is a large gap. I also cheat and use the blue masking tape to keep from making an unholy mess . I prefer the Parbond for that application.

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Any color masking tape works well for that purpose.

The trick is to let the vulkem set up for a couple of hours, or so, depending on temperature.

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