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Old 12-28-2019, 06:37 PM   #1
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Caulking and sealant maintenance!

All - I am about to pick up a new 19. I have studied this forum carefully, and there are a number of references over the past couple of years to poorly sealed areas around vents, bathroom fan, maxxfan, exterior lights, furnace vents, & fridge vents. In those posts there are references to several products to use. Would anyone with experience in these matters be able to recommend the best product (and process) to ensure the initial sealing was done properly and to maintain it? Thanks!
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Old 12-28-2019, 06:46 PM   #2
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When you pick up, mention this concern and then go over the trailer with ETI. They can tell you what to use where at that time. Different caulks for different purposes.

My 17B hasn't leaked anywhere. I had ETI check caulking after some eight years.
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Old 12-28-2019, 07:08 PM   #3
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As Glenn notes, caulk products vary with where caulk is needed. Inspection after pickup and some usage is visual. I like the products Proflex and Lexel. Proflex in white is a good choice and Lexel in clear or white is good too. Many people do not use silicone. It is very hard to remove once dry. If there is a flat surface with some width say 1/2 inch or greater Butyl tape
Is often used. It’s some sticky stuff but works well.


On the Proflex,
Once opened you often only use a small part of the tube pushed by a caulk gun. Try as you will the caulk will get stiff before you use it again. And there goes $10. Screws in the end, tape, whatever. HOWEVER. If you have a vacuum Food Saver, seal the tube in a bag after putting some tape over the end. I got 3 years out of my current tube and it’s ready for spring.
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In the past ProflexRV was used on the sides, and Dicor self leveling Lap Sealant on the roof.
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Old 12-28-2019, 07:15 PM   #5
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Great tips all - thanks! Pro flex sounds like the main solution (love the vacuum seal tip Dave!). It sounds like the self-leveling stuff is a solution for level surfaces (on the roof) such as the screws for the fan? Much appreciated all!
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Five plus years later, the only caulk that has 'let go' on Ten Forward was the long upper tail lights. I replied with SikiaFlex 220. (ETI no longer puts those lights on builds) Every Spring, ALL areas caulked get the 'once over.' So far, everything is good to go. although I'm expecting the three 'vents' on the roof will require removal and rebedding eventually. When that happens, I'll follow the 'best practice' which starts with removing the 'vent' thoroughly cleaning both the roof and 'vent,' then reapplying butyl and appropriate caulk,
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Five plus years later, the only caulk that has 'let go' on Ten Forward was the long upper tail lights. I replied with SikiaFlex 220. (ETI no longer puts those lights on builds) Every Spring, ALL areas caulked get the 'once over.' So far, everything is good to go. although I'm expecting the three 'vents' on the roof will require removal and rebedding eventually. When that happens, I'll follow the 'best practice' which starts with removing the 'vent' thoroughly cleaning both the roof and 'vent,' then reapplying butyl and appropriate caulk,
Had to do above the emergency window today, the caulk was sort of pealing back. Don't know how necessary it is to caulk the window tops, they still have what looks like butyl sealing around them. Might be worth checking. The rest are fine.
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Had to do above the emergency window today, the caulk was sort of pealing back. Don't know how necessary it is to caulk the window tops, they still have what looks like butyl sealing around them. Might be worth checking. The rest are fine.
Thanks Bob for the info. When I wash Ten Forward I kinda get up close and personal with all the side vents and windows because I use a 'toothbrush' to clean around the area. Of all the things ETI has done, I'm sorry the vent/window caulk isn't black. They used 'clear' which was only clear for about six months... now it's kinda a brown, green ugly stuff. Black would have looked better long term...
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I believe the tops of the windows had some clear sealant, same as over the tail and clearance lights. With the black strip over the frameless not sure how to address. May have to ask Dave at Escape what they recommend.
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I believe the tops of the windows had some clear sealant, same as over the tail and clearance lights. With the black strip over the frameless not sure how to address. May have to ask Dave at Escape what they recommend.
Id be curious on the frameless windows too. Is the general rule to remove all the existing caulking before re-applying? If so, how does one best do that?
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I'd relax. Stop worrying about caulk.
You'll need it eventually, but if you buy it now it will be solid and of no use when you finally need it ( even if you don't open the tube ).
Just make a note of caulks and their use. I keep a log and have a binder with plastic sleeves for all the manuals. Even Merritt has a Lordco and a Wallmart.
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I'd relax. Stop worrying about caulk.


Exactly. My trailer is almost 5 years old now, and the caulk is fine. Why fret over something that likely won't be a problem for some time?
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I'd relax. Stop worrying about caulk.
You'll need it eventually, but if you buy it now it will be solid and of no use when you finally need it ( even if you don't open the tube ).
Just make a note of caulks and their use. I keep a log and have a binder with plastic sleeves for all the manuals. Even Merritt has a Lordco and a Wallmart.
Good advice and reminder - just take notes, get smart, and learn what to watch for. One thing about reading this forum in detail is you can get overly concerned about the multiplicity of potential issues.
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My daughter calls a lot of this stuff "first world problems".
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