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Old 06-06-2019, 05:42 PM   #1
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Belly band servicing?

I left our 2014 Escape 21' at an RV service place in our town today to get the wheel bearings repacked, the brakes checked, and the tires rotated. Beside that work the technician inspected the seals on all the windows. All of that went well.

At one point, though, the technician phoned to ask if I wanted to "reseal the belly band" that goes over the join between the top and bottom halves of the trailer, an operation I had never heard of. I phoned Escape and asked if there was any point in doing that, and was told there was not.

Has anyone found cause to reseal to the band? Wouldn't the top piece overlap the bottom by enough to keep water out no matter what?
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Old 06-06-2019, 05:46 PM   #2
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On an Escape there is no seal to the belly band, the shell uses fibreglassing to join the two halves creating a perfect midsection seal.

The belly band is there to hide the joint made. It is real easy to replace the center plastic band. Lots of colours available too.
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Old 06-06-2019, 05:52 PM   #3
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Thanks, Jim. The shop works mainly on stick-built trailers, where leaks are common. I didn't think Escape would leave any way for water to get in.
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Old 06-06-2019, 06:03 PM   #4
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The belly band is only there to hide the seam.

There is no overlap of the top and bottom shells. It is a butt joint that has a strip of fiberglass applied to the seam inside before the upper and bottom molds are released. See the production video the Escape web page to see the construction details.

Having said that...there are some predrilled holes in the belly band that are not filled with rivets that will let dust and dirt in behind the plastic part of the band...but not into the trailer.

If you want to reduce the dirt behind the plastic insert...just seal the empty holes.
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:25 PM   #5
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The shop works mainly on stick-built trailers, where leaks are common. I didn't think Escape would leave any way for water to get in.
Escapes have a glassed midsection before leaving the molds, but the rivets that hold the belly band on are still a potential leak point. There have been a few issues at failed rivets. Is it possible the shop meant that they would remove the vinyl band, inspect and seal rivets and reinstall?

Top/Bottom halves seal
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Old 06-17-2019, 04:25 PM   #6
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Thanks for your replies, Rubicon and Eggscape.

After the owner of Courtenay RV had a look at the band and how the top and bottom of an Escape are joined, he agreed that the only thing worth sealing was those rivet holes. It looks easy enough to do it myself. Any suggestions for a good product to use?
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:06 PM   #7
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Hi Brent- be careful to not fix what ain't broke Only problem with ours(same age) is a belly band stretch. Wonder how Alf would put that Had to trim almost a foot and unscrew one end point clamp then reinstall.
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I've noticed the belly strap/thing on my E21 is way loose in places, there's gaps all over that collect algae and stuff. so far, I'm good with using a washbrush and hose to get that accumated crud out of it.
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Old 06-18-2019, 05:38 AM   #9
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I've noticed the belly strap/thing on my E21 is way loose in places, there's gaps all over that collect algae and stuff. so far, I'm good with using a washbrush and hose to get that accumated crud out of it.
I have to use a wash brush to get accumulated crude out of my bellybutton.
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