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Old 04-10-2009, 02:38 PM   #1
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Need help with window leaks

As the saying goes "a blind hog will find an acorn every now and then" and like that blind hog I accidently found this website. I have a 2000 Minnie Winnie DL 430V. Overall I have really enjoyed this coach. But recently the side windows on the cabover started leaking. I have made some temporary fixes to get me by but from what I understand the best method is to take windows out, clean them then put new butyl tape in place. Question is how difficult is it to take these windows out. These are the slide type and have several screws on the inside frame which I am guessing holds the outside frame in place. On the outside there are a couple of small screw or rivets midway on the top and bottom of the frame. Anyone got any answers I would appreciate it greatly.

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catonine, first let me welcome you to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. You will find we are a group of fun loving RVers that like to help each other where we can so if you have a question, just ask. I hope that you will take the opportunity to post an introduction in the New Members Check-In section of the main forum.
Now to your leaking window. You have received good info on how to solve the problem. The window must come out. Cut any sealant around the outside parameter of the framing and wall. Remove the inside screws from he trim ring and with a helper you will need to push and pull till you get it out. You might try using a small pry bar and a putty knife under it to prevent wall damage and go slowly and carefully to get it started. A 5n1 tool (Larger putty knife looking tool) is very useful around RVs. You may find you will have to drive it (5n1) under the outside frame edge all the way around to cut the previous butyl or putty for easier removal without damaging the frame.
Clean off both surfaces and apply new butyl tape to the frame and set it back into place. Center window in hole and reinstall all screws through trim ring loose and tighten using a cross pattern from one side then the other, top then bottom until all are very snug. Be carefully not to break the heads off by over tightening. Trim off the excess butyl. This will continue to ooze out over the next couple of days so don't work about applying any sealant around the frame until this oozing has finished and you have trimmed off the excess again. Clean the parameter of the frame on the outside and apply a clear or matching silicone around the top and two sides of the frame. If you run into any problems, let us know and we can help.

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How's that for finding an acorn? There is a gazillion $'s worth of help in RV Wiard's one paragraph. Welcome to our group. Homer
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Old 04-12-2009, 05:44 AM   #4
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I do appreciate the information. I dread taking those windows out but as soon as the weather clears up and rain is gone a few days, out they come. These little side windows are useless as tits on a boar hog, and for the life of me I dont understand putting them there in the first place. Another hole, is just another place for a possible leak. If I buy another Class C, it will NOT have these side windows or the front window on the cabover. Again thanks for the info.
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You might also make sure the drain or weep hole(s) on the window are not clogged with debris. If they are it will cause the water to back up and leak through the windows.
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:01 PM   #6
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I had checked the drain holes and they were all clear. I managed to get one window out between rains, get it cleaned of old sealant, put the new butyl tape on and get it re-installed. Since then it has pretty much been raining but that window does not leal. I jury rigged the other until I can get it out and repaired. Thanks to all for the advice.

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