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Old 09-02-2013, 06:11 PM   #1
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Gutter rail leak

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Short story: Whats the best sealant for the gutter rails?

Long story: We took our new trailer out this weekend and it was 97 degrees, needless to say we ran the AC. The AC wasn't the issue, but the water from condensation on the outside was. This is not the condensation on the windows or anything, but rather the "sweat" from the AC that leaked into the gutter and down the spout. EXCEPT in one spot where it looks like the manufacturer took two pieces of rail and joined them together, causing an uneven seam that wasn't sealed completely, and the water leaks right down the window next to the sofa. (Salem Cruiselite 2013, 261BHXL model)
It doesn't seem to cause any issues now, but we want to seal it before the constant flow of water down that window wears out the seals or something. Plus the water spots on the windows..
Whats the best sealant for the gutter rails?
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:04 PM   #2
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Mine did the same thing. I used silicone to seal it and it worked fine. My dealer said that gutter only comes in 16 ft sections so there is prob a seam on the other side of your trailer as well. I went ahead ans re-sealed both sides.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:13 PM   #3
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X2, also raise or lower the TT nose just a little so that the run off won't run across the seam.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:47 PM   #4
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Awesome, that's what we were thinking (silicone) or raising the nose a tad. Im sure if it rains any more than a trickle then it will leak and that's probably expected.

Do you just apply the silicone to the underside of the seam? Should we apply silicone under the whole rail along the side of the trailer?

Its our first TT, its brand new and we want to make sure we are doing things right.

Thanks for the replies.
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:48 AM   #5
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"Do you just apply the silicone to the underside of the seam? Should we apply silicone under the whole rail along the side of the trailer?"


You will want to clean the seam where the two pieces join together with rubbing alcohol and the apply to the seam joint on both sides of the rail. Just take your finger or a putty knife to shape the silicone on the inside of the rail so you do not have a blob of silicone in the gutter that would block the gutter flow.
You will only need to do the seam and not the whole gutter rail.
My gutter is the same way, I used Decor non-sag for mine because it sticks better than silicone and you will not need to remove it when you need to touch it up.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:56 AM   #6
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Cut a Small strip of (EternaBond) and place inside the gutter over the Gap. Then move on to enjoying your camper. Youroo!!
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