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Old 03-27-2017, 11:33 AM   #1
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Replacing Butyl Tape with Foam Rubber Gasket on Back Window

Here are the steps I took to replace the Butyl tape on our back window with a rubber gasket supplied by Escape.

Preparation:
  • Buy rubber gasket from Escape
  • Apply rubber gasket when temps are above 50F
Steps:
  • Remove back window. First remove the blind by removing the 2 lower triangle brackets that the blind strings are attached to. Leave the strings attached to the bracket. Pull the blind out toward you and look up at the blind headrail between the blind and window. You will see 2-3 clips that hold the blind in place. You will need to use a block or lever to pop these to release the headrail. Once the blind has been removed, remove all of the black screws in the inner trim ring around the window, and then remove the trim ring. Then, using a firm putty knife, start working your way around the outside flange of the window to break the seal between the fiberglass and window frame.
  • Remove all butyl tape. Place window on plastic sheet and clean off all butyl tape residue with a firm putty knife and paint thinner
  • Final cleaning. Clean with acetone, tape adhesion requires a very clean surface
  • Attach rubber gasket to window, 1/8" from the flange (see attached photo)
  • Apply pressure to rubber gasket with hand
  • Re-install window. Measure up from the belly band on the trailer to each side of the window to ensure it is installed level. When you install the screws, screw all of them in about 2/3. Then tighten them all.
  • Wait 72 hours to cure

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Old 03-27-2017, 11:52 AM   #2
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Thanks for posting this. It's handy for others to both know how to do it as well as know that Escape has a new gasket that you can purchase.

I take it the reason for replacement was a leak?

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Old 03-27-2017, 12:32 PM   #3
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or the messy black streaks.....
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Old 03-27-2017, 01:15 PM   #4
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I take it the reason for replacement was a leak?

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Yes, we've been struggling with a leak for three years. Patching the butyl tape with Proflex worked for a short time, but the leak reappears as soon as the butyl tape starts eroding again. We were about to apply fresh butyl tape when Reace said he's now using the rubber gasket on all new trailers.
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Old 03-27-2017, 01:55 PM   #5
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Thanks for the post. Any problem getting the interior vinyl wall covering to stay in place when removing and installing the window? Since you didn't mention it, probably not, but I've wondered about that.
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Old 03-27-2017, 03:18 PM   #6
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Any problem getting the interior vinyl wall covering to stay in place when removing and installing the window?
Although the instructions were to remove the inner trim ring of the window, it was solidly in place, so we never removed it and it held the vinyl in place securely.
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Old 03-27-2017, 03:36 PM   #7
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ETI uses lots of spray adhesive to attach the reflectix and the vinyl. In other areas, where I've removed trim rings etc. the vinyl stayed in place.

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Old 03-27-2017, 08:38 PM   #8
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Here are the steps I took to replace the Butyl tape on our back window with a rubber gasket supplied by Escape.

Preparation:
  • Buy rubber gasket from Escape
  • Apply rubber gasket when temps are above 50F
Steps:
  • Remove back window. First remove the blind by removing the 2 lower triangle brackets that the blind strings are attached to. Leave the strings attached to the bracket. Pull the blind out toward you and look up at the blind headrail between the blind and window. You will see 2-3 clips that hold the blind in place. You will need to use a block or lever to pop these to release the headrail. Once the blind has been removed, remove all of the black screws in the inner trim ring around the window, and then remove the trim ring. Then, using a firm putty knife, start working your way around the outside flange of the window to break the seal between the fiberglass and window frame.
  • Remove all butyl tape. Place window on plastic sheet and clean off all butyl tape residue with a firm putty knife and paint thinner
  • Final cleaning. Clean with acetone, tape adhesion requires a very clean surface
  • Attach rubber gasket to window, 1/8" from the flange (see attached photo)
  • Apply pressure to rubber gasket with hand
  • Re-install window. Measure up from the belly band on the trailer to each side of the window to ensure it is installed level. When you install the screws, screw all of them in about 2/3. Then tighten them all.
  • Wait 72 hours to cure

Photo and help courtesy of Reace.
So you don't need to use any butyl any longer ? There is just a rubber seal ? If so kind of like that . Pat
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Old 03-27-2017, 10:41 PM   #9
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Thanks for posting this about replacing the window gasket. Our front passenger window seems to be leaking (only when we are driving in the rain it seems), and we were wondering about a solution. About how long did it take you to re and re the window?
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Old 03-27-2017, 11:03 PM   #10
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Yes, this is interesting news. This would eliminate the butyl bubbling up under the proflex they put over the window as well.
What was the cost for the seal from ETI.
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