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Old 01-02-2011, 06:02 AM   #1
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I recently bought an '04 Land Yacht. The rubber gasket around the windshield has shrunk/dried out in the Florida heat. It's been caulked all around, and I keep at it, but still have some minor leaking. I'm wondering if I should have the windshield removed and new gasket put in or if that might make the problem worse. Do they still manufacture the original rubber gasket for the windshield, since the model is no longer made? I would appreciate advice from anyone who has had this problem and found a good solution. Thanks. George
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I recently bought an '04 Land Yacht. The rubber gasket around the windshield has shrunk/dried out in the Florida heat. It's been caulked all around, and I keep at it, but still have some minor leaking. I'm wondering if I should have the windshield removed and new gasket put in or if that might make the problem worse. Do they still manufacture the original rubber gasket for the windshield, since the model is no longer made? I would appreciate advice from anyone who has had this problem and found a good solution. Thanks. George
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The windshields as well as the gasket and gasket lock, is still available.

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George
Your unit is not that old. Try removing any caulk that is on it now, and after cleaning, tape with painters tape, apply a fresh sikoflex or other caulk.
Are you sure it is the windshield? If it has the Peterson marker lights, they tend to leak. They were made for verticle installation only. You can get LED replacements that are sealed to solve this problem.
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Thanks, Dave. I'm pretty sure it's the windshield gasket. I'll try resealing again, using the tape you suggested. Do you know of a good supplier for the LED replacements? Thanks again.
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Thanks, Dave. I'm pretty sure it's the windshield gasket. I'll try resealing again, using the tape you suggested. Do you know of a good supplier for the LED replacements? Thanks again.
I use the painters tape just to give a neat edge to the caulk. You can work the caulk down into the rubber channel and not leave a big mess when you pull the tape off.

I just double checked the Peterson site and the replacement LED does not seem to be on their site. I got mine off ebay and I will try to look and see who the supplier was. They were exact replacements for the Peterson. I'll get back to you in a moment.
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geotraveler,

We bought our 2005 ASLYG w/slide in summer, 2007. (Prior to that it spent a long time siting aroung and baking in the hot Florida sun.) Not too long after we got it, it developed a pretty brisk leak at the front end. I removed all of the tear drop shaped amber colored lights above the windshield, purchased new lenses and re-installed them with excellent results. Also re caulked where the front cap meets the cabin. A ton of work, but worth it.

Late last summer, I developed a very small leak from the top of the middle of the driver side windshield. So far, I have not diagnosed it. It is very small so I am taking my time with it. In the meantime, I am able to store it indoors, so when the weather breaks here in Michigan I'll get back at it.

Far and away, the worse problem was those lights. Have you made any progress yet?
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My 2005 had a few surprise drips last year, and the tront leak was the clearance lights, both the caulking to the body and the lights themselves. I resealed to the body and its been fine since.

Also had leakage at the ends of my gutters: the directional gutter ends had broken off, probably a while ago, and the rain had eroded the sealant. I added new gutter ends and sealant, and so far I can knock on dry wood...no water inside where it shouldn't be.
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I recently bought an '04 Land Yacht. The rubber gasket around the windshield has shrunk/dried out in the Florida heat. It's been caulked all around, and I keep at it, but still have some minor leaking. I'm wondering if I should have the windshield removed and new gasket put in or if that might make the problem worse. Do they still manufacture the original rubber gasket for the windshield, since the model is no longer made? I would appreciate advice from anyone who has had this problem and found a good solution. Thanks. George
George,

Sealing a windshield is truly a job for a glass professional. After expending probably over a thousand tubes of sealant in the last 11 years as an RV tech, I think that I do a great job in the sealing department.

That said, when I had both windshields replaced in my Foretravel motor home, I realized that like anything else, some things are best left to the seasoned professional!. There is a definite sequence of events to follow and specialty tools that are required. Slapping a little sealant (and BTW, as good as SikaFlex is, they used another specialty polyurethane) on your gasket will NOT LAST!

Since you are in Florida, I can very highly recommend D & K Enterprises of Clearwater, FL. They did a most superb job in replacing and especially sealing the 2 new windshields. Their technique was flawless and of course, there are obvious tricks of the trade that only guys like this know! I watched the entire process and was totally impressed! PM me if you would liker their contact information.
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Sealing a windshield is truly a job for a glass professional......
That said, when I had both windshields replaced in my Foretravel motor home, I realized that like anything else, some things are best left to the seasoned professional!......
Lewster, thanks for speaking up. I'm curious, at what point did you decide to replace your windshields? Were they cracked? Leaking a little? Leaking a lot?
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Many times the windshield gets blamed for a leak that may come from something leaking further back on the front cap or roof itself.
Look for access to the insulation above windshield, ie: TV antenna mount, or Sat. dish mount, and above the front side windows, and check to make sure it is dry above and back of the windshield.
Again, some of the marker lights ( Peterson style) act as a tray and collect water that eventually will follow the wire inside. Some leaks as far back as the skylights will travel along the one piece f/g roof and exit at the front or rear cap area.
If the windshield proves to be the problem, clean and recaulk with the same polyurethane that the glass experts use. This will last another year or so and can be redone as needed.
If you want to re and re the windshield, I would do an ALASKA Highway trip first and then know you have a reason to do it.
Nothing worse than water where it is not wanted.

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Lewster, thanks for speaking up. I'm curious, at what point did you decide to replace your windshields? Were they cracked? Leaking a little? Leaking a lot?
Both were cracked on the way back to FL from OR this past fall. Errant little projectiles from a work truck ahead of me peppered both sides with BB-like craters.
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Both were cracked on the way back to FL from OR this past fall. Errant little projectiles from a work truck ahead of me peppered both sides with BB-like craters.
Bummer, did your insurance cover replacement? And how's the fit and finish of the replacements?
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Oh yes!

Covered under comprehensive for $250 deductible. Seems that at least one had been replaced before, so I gave the glass company the numbers from the better fitting side, along with a set of measurements that they wanted.

Both fit like a glove and they look like new!
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.........Both fit like a glove and they look like new!
Sounds great. Thanks for the info.
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[QUOTE=masseyfarm;933268]George
Your unit is not that old. Try removing any caulk that is on it now, and after cleaning, tape with painters tape, apply a fresh sikoflex or other caulk.

Dave, I have the original service record work that was performed on my coach, and I wish they would have followed your suggestion on taping off at Jackson center where previous owner had it replaced. Terribly sloppy work, I would have never accepted it. Only good thing about it is that it doesn't leak.
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Your unit is not that old. Try removing any caulk that is on it now, and after cleaning, tape with painters tape, apply a fresh sikoflex or other caulk.

Dave, I have the original service record work that was performed on my coach, and I wish they would have followed your suggestion on taping off at Jackson center where previous owner had it replaced. Terribly sloppy work, I would have never accepted it. Only good thing about it is that it doesn't leak.
Guess you didn't read post #8
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No, I read post#8, I was saying you would think taking it back to where it was built you would assume you were taking it to a professional, to have good work performed.
But just taking it to a glass professional is no guarantee either.
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