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Old 04-24-2017, 08:10 AM   #1
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Rear Window Leak

After the suspected propane leak issue resolved itself I was looking forward to a weekend of camping. We camped up near Squamish and arrived Saturday just before the rains started.

I was sitting at the bench seat on the passenger side of the dinette in the evening reading when I felt cold water running down my back... Uh oh! I placed a towel to catch the water and it wasn't long before a dish towel was completely soaked.

Water was somehow getting into the frame of the window and dripping out through a small seam at the bottom of the frame.


I couldn't see any entry points that night in the dark so I left it for the morning. Unfortunately I woke up and a bath towel under there was quite wet.

This morning I was investigating and noticed that if I pushed on the exterior top right corner of the window frame there was a small gap where water would come out between the silicone and frame.


It looks like I need to reseal around the window. Has anyone done this yet? Do I need to pull the whole window out or can I just reseal around the frame?


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Old 04-24-2017, 08:16 AM   #2
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The ultimate and best way to ensure a proper seal is to pull the window, clean both surfaces, and then reinstall using a quality butyl tape. After cleaning up what butyl squeezes out, a bead of clear ProFles on the top is a good idea too.

For a temporary fix, you could just use a bit of ProFlex.
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Michael, you should not need to pull the window. Reace recommends and uses ProFlex caulk there. I try to clean up the area as much as possible and then put on a bead. With temperature changes and the different materials, aluminum and fiberglass, meeting, those caulk joints are an area that need frequent inspection and sometimes recaulking.

Edit - Jim is more ambitious than I am, and his method is better if you too are ambitious! And don't mention silicone - you'll give Donna the heebeegeebees....
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It looks like I need to reseal around the window. Has anyone done this yet? Do I need to pull the whole window out or can I just reseal around the frame?
We had a similar leak at the front window in the 19. Pulling the window out should be a last resort. It is probably coming in at the location you identified along the top perimeter. Clean up any loose caulk, tape around the window with a slight standoff from the frame edge using painters tape for clean lines and then apply ProFlex. My bet is that this takes care of the problem. With the age of your trailer I would consider doing all of your windows.

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Since your trailer is a 2009 I'd check all the caulkings at all the trailer's entry points. Caulking inspection/maintenance should be a regular part of trailer life. If you aren't inclined to do this work yourself, since you are so close to ETI I'd consider asking ETI to quote o what they would charge you to inspect and maintain the trailer's entry points, recaulking as necessary. Although, I've heard that stripping old window caulking is very time consuming.

My hope is that ETI not only makes trailers but also services their products. I think the labour fee was something like 100.00 an hour.
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Hi: msweet... Also check and clean out the tiny weep holes/slits and tracks in the window frames. Any amount of dirt/debris blocking these will allow the water to backup into the trailer. A pipe cleaner might be your new found friend for this. Alf
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Rear Window Leak

The only proper way to fix your leak I'm afraid is to pull the window as Jim says. It isn't a complicated job and with 2 people it's relatively easy.
Once removed and reinstalled with new butyl (1" x 1/8") let it sit a day in warm weather, ideally with the sun hitting it then hand tighten the screws again, more butyl should push out. Ideally leave it another day or so, remove any extra butyl and cap with either Proflex or Sikaflex.




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The only proper way to fix your leak I'm afraid is to pull the window as Jim says. It isn't a complicated job and with 2 people it's relatively easy.
Once removed and reinstalled with new butyl (1" x 1/8") let it sit a day in warm weather, ideally with the sun hitting it then hand tighten the screws again, more butyl should push out. Ideally leave it another day or so, remove any extra butyl and cap with either Proflex or Sikaflex.

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I agree with Jim and Doug. Just adding caulking to the exterior of the window without replacing the butyl is just a bandaid fix that may work for a while but is not resolving the real issue. IMHO, you should just pull the window and do it right!
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As Doug alluded to, pulling the window is an easy thing to do. With two sets of hands, and material at hand, you will have the window back in, in less than an hour. You mind will be at ease knowing it is a new, properly done installation. Dave summed it up good with saying just caulking as a fix, is kinda just a bandaid treatment.
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One of the more "enlightened" tagline used by one forum member whose name escapes me is, "If it's not perfect it's not done." Words to live by IMHO.
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