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Old 09-26-2018, 01:18 PM   #1
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Duct Tape on the Belly Pan?

Howdy y'all!

We purchased a new to us 2003 Safari 28 SO (yep, we found one of the elusive slide outs and love it) in June. I have been slowly going over the inside and outside in greater detail and am wondering about all the duct tape I have found in areas on the belly pan. I picked up a copy of Airstream Life's (Nearly) Complete Guide To Airstream Maintenance and it advocates using butyl tape on the belly pan to seal seams. I've read here on the forum that the belly pan needs to drain and the subfloor needs to breath - advice that I totally agree with and believe. Attached are some shots of the duct tape on the belly pan. Before I start ripping tape off I was wondering if any of y'all have seen this or seal their belly pan with tape? Anything I should be cautious of as I remove the tape? Any guesses as to why someone would run tape on their belly pan seams? Thanks!
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Old 09-26-2018, 01:31 PM   #2
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Any number of reasons why someone might seal belly pan with duct tape.
Keep critters out
Keep drafts out
Keep water from getting in (and also getting out)
Keep belly pan with corroded rivets attached.

Any number of surprises may be lurking in a 15YO belly pan. Take a small section loose, and have new tape at the ready in case you want to hit the 'undo' button temporarily.

Long term, all tape should be removed, replace bad rivets with good, repair corroded sections with new metal strips. Possibly pull entire belly pan (can be messy project depending on what you find).

Only after inspection can you tell what lies ahead of you.

Goo Gone is your friend. I like the Spray Gel version. Let time do the work of softening the adhesive instead of rushing it.
I like shiny objects.
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Old 09-26-2018, 02:22 PM   #3
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Ohmygosh, what a mess. That adhesive can be a real hassle!
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