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Old 10-02-2011, 08:45 PM   #1
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Re caulking difficulty??

How difficult is it to recaulk the top of these TT. I have a 07 surveryour and it is starting to crack and also it is leaking into the bathroom around the vent. There was a good puddle after we had 5" of rain in 3 days. Do i have to pull out the Fantastic fan and housing and caulk underneath it??
How difficult is this stuff to work with?? I am pretty handy at home so i thought i could do this myself. DO u also have to take the old caulk off before putting new stuff on? THanks for the help.. Very useful site.
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Photos would help. You might not need to remove any caulk. If you have a rubber roof there, use care if removing any caulk. I found that gently lifting upward from the edge of caulk toward the edge of roof is the safest using a sharp edged tool. Slow but steady.
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Go get yourself several tubes of Dicor Lap seal and a plastic putty knife and you will be ready to go. Using the putty knife carefully scrap away and loose or damaged caulking. Follow it with a cleaning as necessary and then apply a liberal bead of the Dicor and you should be good to go.
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It is EXTREMELY easy to cut the rubber membrane, so go slow and be careful.

I found you do not need to remove the old caulk. Get a can of acetone from the home store and using rubber gloves (not nitride!) and a rag, wipe the old caulk down. Wait 10 minutes and caulk over the gaps in the old sealant. The acetone will make the old sealant sticky and you will get a good bond.

The places you MUST seal look like sunken "dashes" in the old caulk; any exposed screw heads; and openings in the rubber trim covers. If water is allowed to get into the trim that holds the roof material on or covers the wall seams, the screws can rust and allow that water to enter the campers walls.
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thanks for help

thanks for the advise guys.. I am wondering if I should just take it on to have it redone. I can do it myself but i am getting water in around my roof bathvent.. DO u think i should use the tape or remove old caulk and recaulk around this vent?
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If you are experiencing some minor cracks only, you probably don't need to remove the old caulk. Just clean real well with some mineral spirits, acetone,etc..... You can then caulk over the old.

Also check the bathroom vent for cracks, just in case that maybe the source of your leak.
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:40 PM   #7
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thanks for the advise guys.. I am wondering if I should just take it on to have it redone. I can do it myself but i am getting water in around my roof bathvent.. DO u think i should use the tape or remove old caulk and recaulk around this vent?
I would not tape (Eternabond ONLY) over a leak. I would treat the old caulk with a acetone wipe down; wait till it gets sticky; then Dicor the slits that are leaking. Wait for the Dicor to set (about a week) then Eternabond the entire junction.
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I just redid my entire roof. The method Herk uses sounds the easiest and the best. There should be a strip of putty like material (Butyl tape might be the correct term) sandwiched in between the vent lip and the rubber membrane. I took my roof down to wood so naturally I replaced this. I would think if you just sealed it up good you would be set.
Just make sure that you use a sealant designed for RV's such as Dicor. The previous owner of my TT apparently used whatever they had on hand. All of the silicone sealant he used attracted dirt and crud, didn't adherere well, and was a PITA to get off. The sealant that was there from the factory came off like a dream. I used a rubber putty knife and a heat gun set to low (Don't melt your roof). I also used Dicor to reseal it. Self levelling on the roof was awesome, non self levelling on everything else. Not a hard job. just don't skimp on the sealant and try to get buy with a wal-mart tube.
That's my $.02
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thanks guys i think I am going to try this myself and save a couple dollars..
ErikH i am thinking of taking this all the way down to wood to make sure there is no major damage.. What did u put between your vent and rubber membrane again?? THanks for the Help..
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I believe that it is caulled Butyl Putty tape. I got it at the local RV shop. Essentially it squishes between the vent and the surface to make another barrier for moisture. I think this is the same stuff:
Dicor Corp - Butyl Tape 3/4"x30' - Installation Tools & Supplies - Camping World

The hardest part of getting down to the wood for me was the adhesive that they put to adhere the wood to the rubber. I used a putty knife and a ton of patience. If I was going to do the entire roof I would just have sanded it off. I think that is what they do in a big scale shop. I peeled back the rubber and then laid it back down. When you are ready to lay the rubber back down go to the local RV store if you have one and see if they have some extra rubber roof adhesive from a recent job. That will save you from buying a $75 gallon for just a small area.
I am not a professional, but I figure if something was built by humans I can always fix it, and sometimes make it better. If nothing else I will know how it works.
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can i use just regular caulk or should i spend the money on the butyl tape? Is it that much different.. Will the caulk level out in low 60 or high 50 temp. It is suppose to be nice weekend thinking of doing this over the weekend> thanks
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You could, but I would not use anything but the tape. The consistency of the tape is what you need, caulk may or may not have the right consistency, why risk it? With the tape you will be able to take it apart next time it leaks, with the wrong caulk you may tear the roof.

Place the tape tighten down the vent, give the tape a little time to spread and snug up screws. You can always warm the tape inside before applying it.
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I agree. Also if you used caulk you would run the risk of squishing it all out of the joint.
When you say regular caulk I am assuming you are going to be using something made for RV's. I used Dicor, but any RV product should work.
I did mine when temps were between 50 and 70 degrees. It spread slower at 50, but looks good. I had to do most of the work when the temps were below 60 because there were wasps in the A/C and they are fairly docile until 60 degrees. Then they get more mean as the temps warm up.
Once it got down around 35 I took the A/C cover off, removed the wasp nest and disposed of it.

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I had to do most of the work when the temps were below 60 because there were wasps in the A/C and they are fairly docile until 60 degrees. Then they get more mean as the temps warm up.
Once it got down around 35 I took the A/C cover off, removed the wasp nest and disposed of it.
You should have called Billy the Exterminator.
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That would have actually been more troublesome than the wasps. That guy has some issues.
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LOL, that's why he is so much fun to watch!!
My DD loves that show!!
Which reminds me......I should go and see if it is on tonight =]
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