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Old 11-19-2016, 01:04 PM   #1
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No caulk around windows?

My 2016 Forester's side windows are set in with what looks like a rubber or foam seal/gasket, no caulk. In my photos, you can see there is a gap between the frame and the slide of the MH. My dealer said that's the way they are made and the gap is normal. I have seen others that are more flush frame to side of the MH. Anyone out there have the same issue? I don't want to remove the windows and reseal, but I'm concerned about water seeping in. Anyone caulk around them?
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Old 11-19-2016, 01:20 PM   #2
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looks the same as our Surveyor. I plan to ProFlex around the top and sides of all the windows. The way I see it is that it's one more line of defense against water intrusion.
I have done this on every RV we have owned.
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Old 11-19-2016, 01:29 PM   #3
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It' not the "way it's made" and it's not "normal". Shouldn't be any caulk as the window frame sits in a rubber flanged gasket that is the seal itself. If it's a two piece frame, the inner frame attaches to the outer frame/seal with screws, and when tightened, pulls the outer frame/seal snug to the body.
If you google up "rv windows and frames" you will find many pic and photos of the "2" piece frames I'm referring to.
Looks like the wall is slightly "bowed" and not letting the rubber seal. "seal correctly". Good spot for water to come in and then you get to play with delamination problems and leaks.
If dealer can't/won't do anything, contact FR directly.
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Old 11-19-2016, 02:06 PM   #4
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Went out and tightened all the screws inside, but was unable to do those at the top where they probably were needed the most. The shade and valence where in the way. I was able to tighten about 1/8-1/4 turn on most. Checked outside and saw no difference. Again, dealer said it's fine and normal as gasket/seal prevents any water penetration. Just looks like a catastrophe waiting to happen! Think I'm going to caulk with clear silicone anyway.
It's out of warranty, so dealer won't do anything without my paying for it. Plus again they say nothing is wrong.
To date I have not had any water penetration around the windows, but we have had no rain here in SoCal since January. Just my washing to MH.
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Old 11-19-2016, 02:21 PM   #5
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Don't use silicone. Worst sealant/caulk you can use on the exterior. Use either Proflex or Dicor Lap Sealant. I believe Proflex comes in colors, and I have used Dicor Lap that I found in gray.
Silicone when used outside will eventually peel and crack. Also, it's a bit_h to remove if you have to. Nothing will adhere to it, even new silicone.
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Went out and tightened all the screws inside, but was unable to do those at the top where they probably were needed the most. The shade and valence where in the way. I was able to tighten about 1/8-1/4 turn on most. Checked outside and saw no difference. Again, dealer said it's fine and normal as gasket/seal prevents any water penetration. Just looks like a catastrophe waiting to happen! Think I'm going to caulk with clear silicone anyway.
It's out of warranty, so dealer won't do anything without my paying for it. Plus again they say nothing is wrong.
To date I have not had any water penetration around the windows, but we have had no rain here in SoCal since January. Just my washing to MH.
I wouldn't use silicone anyplace on the RV, "Proflex" is the way to go.
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Old 11-19-2016, 03:46 PM   #7
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I wouldn't use silicone anyplace on the RV, "Proflex" is the way to go.
Problem around the window and back vertical trim showing white is there are 3 to 4 colors to deal with. White won't look good anywhere!
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Check the Pro Flex website. I believe they have several colors, plus black and clear. They are rv sealants, not generic caulks.
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Old 11-19-2016, 04:54 PM   #9
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Yes, Proflex is produced in white, black and clear. If you have never used it before it is a little tricky to apply, and applied wrong can easily make more of a mess than you can imagine.

There are a few tricks to getting a nice even smooth finish.

- If your not great with a caulking gun use masking tape around the window on the filon and around the window trim leaving just enough filon and trim showing to create a seal with the Proflex.

- Cut the tip of the tube on an angle, close to the end creating small opening.

- keeping the angle cut toward the siding and trim, (using no more than necessary) run a bead of Proflex starting at one side, around the top and down the other side, do not seal the bottom. If water does get in behind the sealant it will then be able to escape from the bottom of the window.

- using a mixture of dish soap and water (heavier on the soap), dip your finger in the soap mix then smooth the proflex starting at one end and finishing at the other.

If you don't use the soap water mix to smooth it, it will look like poop.... Proflex skins over extremely quickly and sticks to everything without the soap mix to smooth it out.

- Remove tape, and you are done.

With a little practice you will be a pro in no time.

Hope this helps.

You should be able to purchase Proflex at any RV store.
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Old 11-19-2016, 04:58 PM   #10
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Going to have to get Proflex , my CW has limited colors and I will have to check. Black will do for most places.
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