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Old 02-27-2011, 12:39 PM   #1
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Best Rivet Sealant?

I need to reapply sealant to the rivets holding on the roof mounted vents, any tips on the best stuff to use?

I have a leak around one vent (for the wall mounted AC) so I figure I may as well reseal all of the roof vents on my 5 year old trailer.

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Old 02-27-2011, 12:51 PM   #2
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Re: Best Rivet Sealant?

This is a great forum to ask that question; considering the number of ex-Casita owners here (myself included). I had great success with Goop Marine Sealant:

http://www.westmarine.com/1/1/10133-...nt-3-7-oz.html

Squirt a bit in the hole, coat the rivet, insert/pop, and wipe off the excess. Once it sets up its very difficult to remove. Its also available in many hardware stores and probably a lot cheaper than this website...its just the first one to come up in Google.

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Old 02-27-2011, 03:12 PM   #3
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Re: Best Rivet Sealant?

Marine Goop is at most hardwear stores.
I have used it in the past and it work fine for us.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:20 PM   #4
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Re: Best Rivet Sealant?

Thanks for the tip but no joy on my local hardware stores.

Any another ideas?
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:29 PM   #5
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Re: Best Rivet Sealant?

Almost any weatherproof caulk/sealant should work. Try DAP:

http://www.dap.com/product_details.a...=14&SubcatID=3

but if it were me I would order the GOOP online. Actually, I do 90% of my shopping online...except for the obvious things like 2 x 4s, mulch, sod etc. Most of the time its cheaper to get it online, even including shipping charges.

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Old 02-27-2011, 09:41 PM   #6
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Re: Best Rivet Sealant?

PROFLEX found at RV stores
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:26 PM   #7
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Re: Best Rivet Sealant?

I found this, it should work fine. Fast Cure Marine Adhesive Sealant 5200

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Thanks for the tips.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:34 AM   #8
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Re: Best Rivet Sealant?

There may be some irony in an Escape post dedicated to sealing rivets

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Old 02-28-2011, 01:17 AM   #9
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Re: Best Rivet Sealant?

There are a fair number of rivets on the outside hatches and vents and such. I counted a few dozen on my 19. I didn't check the roof. It looks like they're sealed with some kind of silicone RTV:

4 on the door stay
4 on the door stay mount
4 on the battery vent
10 on the small hatch accessory
~16 on the fridge vent lower
3 on the power inlet
3 on the water heater deflector

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Old 02-28-2011, 07:44 AM   #10
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Re: Best Rivet Sealant?

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There are a fair number of rivets on the outside hatches and vents and such. I counted a few dozen on my 19. I didn't check the roof. It looks like they're sealed with some kind of silicone RTV:

4 on the door stay
4 on the door stay mount
4 on the battery vent
10 on the small hatch accessory
~16 on the fridge vent lower
3 on the power inlet
3 on the water heater deflector

Regards,

Matt
True...I thought the same thing when making a few mods on Bali Hai. To me, the most significant thing was the application of those rivets. Rather than performing the job of holding the cabinets in place (and other load-bearing functions), the rivets on the Escape (at least the ones I saw) functioned to hold covers and hatches in place. Not only is there far less stress on them and less likelihood of their snapping like those on the Casita, the consequences of a rivet letting loose are less significant.

Let's just call it non-ferrous irony, eh?

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