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Old 05-22-2010, 07:17 PM   #1
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Problems with the Caulk.

Please have a look and let me know what you think. Is this a failure of the joint or normal wear and tear? There are other spots on the trailer but that id the most obvious. Someone put on a sealer that looks grey now and I assume that it was the dealer as we had a leakage problem with our trade in when we bought this new one in fall of 2007.

Should I just scrape it, wash with alcohol, and caulk it ?????
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Old 05-22-2010, 09:16 PM   #2
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Yes, I would scrape it out and redo it. Caulking and sealants are considered a maintenance item, and don't last forever....
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Old 05-22-2010, 10:06 PM   #3
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Scrape the old sealent out, clean with denatured alcohol (denatured alcohol will clean old sealent). Use a sealent named QUAD from Home Depot or Lowes for about $5.00 a tube, its the same sealanet used by rv dealers different name and a 3 times the cost the cost. This QUAD is real sticky stuff, use WD-40 on you finger to smooth it out, skim over in a couple of hours and dry in a couple of days.
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Quad will work, as will ProFlex RV. Stay away from silicone; it doesn't like to stick to anything for very long. It sure does look good when it's fresh, though.
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Old 05-23-2010, 02:00 PM   #5
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Quad will work, as will ProFlex RV. Stay away from silicone; it doesn't like to stick to anything for very long. It sure does look good when it's fresh, though.
I've used ProFlex, $6.80 from the manufacturer, on my front windshield. It holds up for about a season but seems to seperate from the rubber window seal. I'm going to try the Quad stuff next. Thanks to those who posted it. I've had that windshield caulked 3 times. Once at the dealership during warranty repairs, it lasted about a month. Once by me with a RV sealant I purchased at a dealership, it lasted about 60 days. Last and latest another recaulk by me with ProFlex last July and I just noticed it's loose all over the place. Thankfully no water has gotten it. I've cleaned up the rubber and body with denatured alcohol but I'm still getting the same results. Anyone use something different to clean off the area to be caulked?
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:09 PM   #6
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I've used ProFlex, $6.80 from the manufacturer, on my front windshield. It holds up for about a season but seems to seperate from the rubber window seal. I'm going to try the Quad stuff next. Thanks to those who posted it. I've had that windshield caulked 3 times. Once at the dealership during warranty repairs, it lasted about a month. Once by me with a RV sealant I purchased at a dealership, it lasted about 60 days. Last and latest another recaulk by me with ProFlex last July and I just noticed it's loose all over the place. Thankfully no water has gotten it. I've cleaned up the rubber and body with denatured alcohol but I'm still getting the same results. Anyone use something different to clean off the area to be caulked?
Usually, the sealant for the windshields is where you can't see it - behind the black weather stripping. The caulk isn't sticking to the rubber because, well, it can't. Too much expansion/contraction of that rubber, plus there isn't much caulk that can stick to it other than the installation adhesive. On pretty much any coach, you can peel back that black weather stripping just a little bit. That isn't what actually seals the windshield to the cap. If you do so choose, try to stick some caulk between the black rubber and the fiberglass. It won't stick to the outside real well.
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Yep, that's normal. As mention above it's a maintenance thing. Mine lasted about two years.
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