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Old 03-03-2008, 08:42 AM   #1
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DW just called from the lake and said the huge rainstorm we received in NE Oklahoma last night caused the Bounder to leak. All around the crank up antenna, rear window, both side rear window and bathroom....Sheesh!!! Sounds like a few tubes of Dicor...
What do you folks recommend for the windows? Silicone caulk? Just hope I don't have a bunch of water in my ceiling/walls - the first step in developing delams.
Any suggestions are sure welcome at this point.

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Old 03-03-2008, 08:42 AM   #2
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DW just called from the lake and said the huge rainstorm we received in NE Oklahoma last night caused the Bounder to leak. All around the crank up antenna, rear window, both side rear window and bathroom....Sheesh!!! Sounds like a few tubes of Dicor...
What do you folks recommend for the windows? Silicone caulk? Just hope I don't have a bunch of water in my ceiling/walls - the first step in developing delams.
Any suggestions are sure welcome at this point.

Mike and Renee' MacKay
tulsa, okla.
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:49 AM   #3
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Mike, you should pull the windows, frame and all. Clean and install butyl tape on the outside flange of frame and reinstall. If you have some good dry weather you may want to let the walls dry out if they are wet before you reinstall windows.
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We had a 94 bounder that developed a good leak that took a while to find. Check the bathroom skylight on the roof. Ours cracked. You could not see it from inside as they used an inner and an outer panel. It was also hard to see when you were on the roof. Look carefully.
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Definitely check skylights. Our front skylight in the kitchen was leaking but the water was coming in at the back bathroom vent. So basically it was traveling the entire length of the motor home.
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This is where I found a replacement skylight as Fleetwood was absolutely no help in trying to find one
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What kind of caulk? I have heard Dicor, but aren't there different kinds?
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For the roof a self-leveling caulk is easiest to use - there are several brands but Dicor and Alpha are probably the most prominent. If you have a rubber roof get a caulk that is compatible with EPDM rubber (note that Brytek and similar shiny stuff is still EPDM material). If fiberglass or metal roof, most any kind of caulk will stick fine.

You can't use self-leveling caulks on a vertical surface - it will run. Use a regular composition caulk. RV stores will have a selection - any will do.

You can always use clear silicone on the sidewalls. It works and it sticks, even though there may be better choices at the RV store. I wouldn't use it on the roof though, casue nothing else will stick to it once it's on there. You have to peel it off to use anything else.
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leaks- my worst nightmare next to a motor blowing up...... i thought my roof was tighter than that- the deluge was probably a good wake up call.
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If you have a fiberglass roof (as I do), do NOT use "just any old caulk." I spent the weekend removing and replacing all of the caulking around roof seams and skylights, and the original Dicor that I originally got down to (which is now 13 years old), was still pliable after all those years. The 'other' caulking, peeled up like old wet paint in one big blob. I would swear by using Dicor's products.
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Also, Dicor makes a non-sag lap sealant, which is the same composition as their self-leveling, but is for vertical services. Where you put it, is where it stays. It's good stuff too!
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I got up on top with the caulk, but after seeing it up close, the caulk lines look good- now believe it must be a seal in the tv antenna - hope they make a fix-it kit.
Caulked everything I could see on the roof -
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Mike,
Re. antenna; Winegard recomends the use of silicone spray on the crank-up shaft, it keeps the rubber "o" rings soft and pliable. Also, take a look at the rubber boot that fits over the outlet where the cable wire comes through the roof. They've been known to come off their perch and allow water inside. I've caulked mine in place. See the Winegard website for where to spray the silicone, I know it's from the roof top but not exactly where.
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