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Old 09-28-2015, 05:19 PM   #1
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trouble with cauking arounskylight

The skylight over the bed of my hard side camper has developed a leak. The caulking at the corner has separated so there is an opening. I put more caulking in and around this spot but when I took off the cover today I saw that the separation has reappeared. Any suggestions to solve this problem? My camper is only 2 years old. Thanks!!
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Old 09-28-2015, 05:35 PM   #2
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What kind of caulking did you use?
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Old 09-28-2015, 05:50 PM   #3
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I do not remember the name right off but I got it at a RV store. They recommended it to me when I told them why I needed it. It came in a big tube. I put it on with a generous amount so I thought I solved the problem. I haven't used my camper this summer and kept it covered so when I took the cover off today I was surprised to see the opening. It is only in this one spot. The other skylight is fine. Thanks!!
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Old 09-28-2015, 06:00 PM   #4
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Dicor Self Leveling Lap Sealant is most likely what they recommended. It is soft and flexible and designed to flow into and fill gaps.

Your problem may be you have a rather large gap below the skylight that the caulk is trying to fill.

You may need to scrape the old Dicor out with a plastic putty knife (a hair dryer or heat gun set on low may help soften the old dried out caulk) and fill any large gap with spray foam or rope caulk. Then Dicor over the seam and revisit in a week to make sure to fill any gaps that show up as the Dicor settles.

That is why the manual (such as it is) recommends a roof visit every 60 days for preventative resealing of the Dicor lap joints.

If you have not visited the roof until the leak appeared some 2 years later, you got admirable service from your unmaintained roof. Sort of like not changing your oil for 2 years and then notice an engine knock.
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:28 AM   #5
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The skylight over the bed of my hard side camper has developed a leak. The caulking at the corner has separated so there is an opening. I put more caulking in and around this spot but when I took off the cover today I saw that the separation has reappeared. Any suggestions to solve this problem? My camper is only 2 years old. Thanks!!
Save yourself some time and effort and use the 3M Tape and tape around the skylight. I put it around all of my dome windows, the fantastic fan on my Aframe. Not hard to put on and works great to keep it from leaking.

The following is a link to the 3M tape...I bought the 18 yd 2" wide roll but you can get smaller rolls.

http://www.amazon.com/3M-Acrylic-Ext...e+sealing+tape

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you never put self leveling caulk on an aframe ..
your problem sounds like a rivet that holds the corner of the window in place has popped ... allowing your window to flex, thus pulling up the origional caulking. you can try RVflex, but im afraid this will have to go to the dealers and have the unit looked at.
mine did the same thing .. the window had to be removed, the rivets removed and new larger rivets installed .. 2 on each corner. the window was then resealed, recaulked and then 3m exteme tape was laid over the entire window frame.

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you never put self leveling caulk on an aframe ..
your problem sounds like a rivet that holds the corner of the window in place has popped ... allowing your window to flex, thus pulling up the origional caulking. you can try RVflex, but im afraid this will have to go to the dealers and have the unit looked at.
mine did the same thing .. the window had to be removed, the rivets removed and new larger rivets installed .. 2 on each corner. the window was then resealed, recaulked and then 3m exteme tape was laid over the entire window frame.

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My experience is in travel trailers and 5th wheels. So sorry if my answer was not applicable. May I ask why this is so? Is it because of the slant when erected?

Would Eternabond be a better solution?
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I am curious to about the reason for not putting self leveling caulk on an A Frame.
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you never put self leveling caulk on an aframe ..
your problem sounds like a rivet that holds the corner of the window in place has popped ... allowing your window to flex, thus pulling up the origional caulking. you can try RVflex, but im afraid this will have to go to the dealers and have the unit looked at.
mine did the same thing .. the window had to be removed, the rivets removed and new larger rivets installed .. 2 on each corner. the window was then resealed, recaulked and then 3m exteme tape was laid over the entire window frame.

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I don't think newer models use rivets or screws for skylights. My 2012 a124 has no rivets or screws in skylights. I remember reading somewhere that using rivets or screws caused cracking so manufacturer just bonded them on. How many out there have rivets on there skylights?
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i would clean the entire area of old caulk and try to use eternabond all the way around the sky light. the tape is tacky when putting down but should last several years if that fixes your leak. Best get the leak fixed soon as water penetration on any camper/trailer is bad news.
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