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Old 09-15-2015, 01:59 PM   #1
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Leak coming from awning strip?

I'm in the process of restoring a 1969 Swiss Colony camper. It'a gutted top to bottom at this point. Thought we had patched up all the little leaks until we had a major rainfall over the weekend. Went to work on it today and discovered soaked wood running along top sidewall front to back on both sides. The roof does need to be recoated as there is a fine crack that travels around the entire of the top of camper roof. The reason I ask about the awning strip is that it sits exactly where the leak seems to be. Is it just coincidence or do I need to remove it and apply butyl tape beneath it? Thank you in advance!

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Old 09-16-2015, 03:43 AM   #2
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[COLOR="Navy"Water travels the path of least resistance. I would remove the old molding and puddy. Inspect for water damage and rot, let air dry if necessary, and fill holes before reapplying new puddy tape. It might be best to replace with a new awning strip that is smooth and clean for inserting an awning. Placing drip/gutter molding above the awning strip would be advantageous.
For a superior quality DIY roof coating, I highly recommend EPDM.
EPDM Coatings - Liquid EPDM Rubber Roof Coatings For Roof Leaks
If you plan on selling the coach, a cheaper water base roof coating is available at your local box hardware store.[/COLOR]

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Old 09-19-2015, 11:47 AM   #3
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Thanks for confirming my gut feeling about the leak. I was trying to figure out where a leak could come from on a strip mounted on the outside of the camper, it just seemed improbable but glad you answered! I had a very hard time finding ANYTHING at all about the subject online! I'd post a picture of it here but I haven't figured out how to do that yet. Thanks again for your help!
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