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Old 04-15-2021, 02:25 PM   #1
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Window leak

Hey all.

A leak has developed on the dinette window of my 2020 Bambi 22FB. Was fine last year but after taking it out of inside storage for the winter, I noticed water was coming in while it rained. See first photo.

Went outside and noticed the rubber gasket had popped out on one corner. See second photo of the guilty gasket after I pushed it back in. However, it still leaks.

Inspected further and it looks like the water is coming from the top of the panel that opens as it appears to leak along the frame and by the mechanism. See third photo.

Any suggestions on how to fix this without going to the dealer?

All advice welcome.
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Old 04-15-2021, 04:03 PM   #2
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Our 2002 19' has the same Hehr windows and we had the same type of leak at the plastic gasket around the window. I used Permatex windshied sealant (https://www.amazon.com/Permatex-8173...8524009&sr=8-2) to stop the leaks successfully.

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Old 04-15-2021, 05:13 PM   #3
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Our 2002 19' has the same Hehr windows and we had the same type of leak at the plastic gasket around the window. I used Permatex windshied sealant (https://www.amazon.com/Permatex-8173...8524009&sr=8-2) to stop the leaks successfully.

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Thanks. Did you remove the gasket, apply the silicone and then reseat the gasket on top of it?
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Old 04-15-2021, 06:47 PM   #4
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No, I squeezed the sealant between the gasket and the glass (and wiped off the excess) and then reapplied it where it had sunk deeper into the gap. The reapplication was after the sealant had hardened. That worked, so the gasket remained in place. If it hadn't worked, I would have removed gasket, put the sealant around the glass, and pushed the gasket back in place.

Remember to wear nitrile or latex gloves if you use the sealant. The stuff gets all over everything!

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No, I squeezed the sealant between the gasket and the glass (and wiped off the excess) and then reapplied it where it had sunk deeper into the gap. The reapplication was after the sealant had hardened. That worked, so the gasket remained in place. If it hadn't worked, I would have removed gasket, put the sealant around the glass, and pushed the gasket back in place.

Remember to wear nitrile or latex gloves if you use the sealant. The stuff gets all over everything!

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Thanks. Helpful. I think Iíve found the spot where the water comes in from. The gasket is clearly loose at the top and thereís a decent gap. I think Iíll pull it out put the product you record behind it. Makes sense you think?

https://youtu.be/KvLcnkMaX9c
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Made the repair. Turns out the rubber gasket is not secured with adhesive. It's just pushed into place, which presses the window against a foam strip on the inside. I decided I could create a mess by using adhesive to secure the rubber gasket all around. Since the leak seamed to come from the top of gasket that, IMO, was trimmed too much to stay in tight, I simply applied black windshield silicone under both ends of the gasket and in the gap between the two. We'll see if it keeps it dry. Pretty sure it will. I could have a donne a better job at smoothing it out in retrospect. I'll likely another thin coat if the repair proves successful at stopping water. Or simply wait for the dealer to deal with it at my next visit. See photo.
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